College Hoops Wednesday: Your Commentary

    
March 9th, 2010

Wednesday is the day where the final days before Selection Sunday begin to get ever more hectic. The Big 12 and Conference USA both begin play with four first round matchup, and while the teams set to represent the Big 12 in the NCAA Tournament appear to be set in stone the same can't be said for C-USA. On the "clock" Wednesday is none other than Tulsa, who be playing the tournament in their city even though the Bok Center is not their home floor. Rice is the opening round opponent, a team that they must be to simply retain hope of being a part of the discussion. But in all likelihood Ben Uzoh, Jerome Jordan and company need to win four games in four days if they're to hear their name called on CBS. 

The Big East will have two games with significant bubble implications with USF taking on Georgetown and Seton Hall battling Notre Dame. Of these four teams the Hoyas are in while the Irish according to some are in decent shape; the Bulls and Pirates know that they need wins and the more the better. The Bulls won at Georgetown when they made their push towards the top half of the Big East standings with Dominique Jones putting on a show. But the Hoyas played extremely well in their last game, a 74-47 pasting of Cincinnati on Saturday. If Austin Freeman is 100% and Greg Monroe plays well Georgetown has a chance to return the favor. However, the Bulls are deep inside and can account for the Hoyas' big men defensively. That should make for a competitive game. 

Also up for grabs are automatic bids out of the Big Sky and Northeast conferences. Weber State and Quinnipiac will have a decided advantage in playing on their respective home floors Wednesday night, but Weber split the regular season series with Montana (both teams winning at home). Guard Damian Lillard can be a handful for opponents but the Wildcats have to find an answer for Montana's Anthony Johnson. Four Grizzlies average at least eight points per game, and this is a matchup that should be tight throughout.  

TV GAMES

Noon ESPN USF vs Georgetown (Big East 2nd Round)
2p ESPN St. John's vs Marquette (Big East 2nd Round)
5p MTN Air Force vs Wyoming (Mountain West 1st Round)
7p ESPN Seton Hall vs Notre Dame (Big East 2nd Round)
7p ESPN2 Robert Morris at Quinnipiac (NEC Final)
9p ESPN Cincinnati vs Louisville (Big East 2nd Round)
9p ESPN2 Montana vs Weber St (Big Sky Final)
11:30p FSN Washington St vs Oregon (Pac-10 1st Round) 

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Big 12 First Round (Kansas City)
12:30p Texas Tech vs Colorado
3p Nebraska vs Missouri
7p Oklahoma vs Oklahoma St
9:30p Iowa St vs Texas
Big West First Round (Anaheim, CA)
9p Cal-State Northridge vs Cal-State Fullerton
11:30p UC Irvine vs Cal Poly
Conference USA First Round (Tulsa, OK)
1p East Carolina vs Houston
3:30p Tulane vs Southern Miss
7p Rice vs Tulsa
9:30p UCF vs SMU
Great West Quarterfinals (Orem, UT)
4:30p Texas-Pan American vs Utah Valley
7p Chicago St vs Houston Baptist
9:30p NJIT vs North Dakota
MEAC First Round (Winston-Salem, NC)
3p Coppin St vs Maryland-Eastern Shore
Southland Quarterfinals (Katy, TX)
1p Texas-Arlington vs Stephen F. Austin
3:30p Texas-San Antonio vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
7p Nicholls St vs Sam Houston St
9:30p Texas St vs SE Louisiana
SWAC Quarterfinals (Shreveport, LA)
3:30p Mississippi Valley St vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff
9p Grambling vs Jackson St

ONE PREDICTION

Quinnipiac over Robert Morris: The Bobcats proved to have too many weapons in their lone regular season meeting, a game Tom Moore's team actually won in Moon Township. And that will once again be the difference with Justin Rutty leading the way inside. Quinnipiac makes their first-ever trip to the Tournament with a five-point victory.