With some teams in their final regular season games and other starting off conference tournaments, today is a big day and we have some great games for you that include Wagner and Ty Murray, Devoe and Olu at Oregon, the Canadian quartet at New Mexico State and a whole slew of great women's games plus more right here ...
Here is where the men are playing today ...
7:00pm Michigan @ Illinois
7:00pm Sacred Heart @ LIU Brooklyn
7:00pm Central Connecticut State @ Wagner - Coming off a season that saw his numbers drop but the team win 24 games, Tyler Murray was awarded a spot on the Northeast Conference 2nd Team. He played great team ball and now, as a senior, this is his last chance to make to the NCAA Tournament. The Seahawks split the season series with Central Connecticut State and this is their rubber match. Murray hasn't hit for more than 7 points in his last three games and with his Tournament hopes in the balance you can expect that he's pulling out all stops to help his team get this W.
7:30pm Coppin State @ Bethune-Cookman
7:30pm Savannah State @ Maryland-Eastern Shore
8:15pm Binghamton vs. UMBC
9:00pm Georgia @ Kentucky
9:35pm Bradley vs. Drake
10:30pm Colorado @ Oregon - Last time out for Oregon, they got a big 74-73 win over in-state rivals Oregon State Sunday. In that game, Olu Ashaolu had 16 points and 8 rebounds while Devoe Joseph had 16 points, 2 boards and 2 steals. With this being a game against a team that the Ducks are tied in the conference standings with, this is a must win for a favorable seeding in the PAC-12 Tournament next week.
11:00pm New Mexico State @ Nevada - New Mexico State is on a five game winning streak and a win today could lock up second place on the Western Athletic Conference. The only problem is that Nevada is leading the conference and will not roll over for the Aggies. What NMSU has on their side is that the three Canadian starters are playing incredibly well of late. Daniel Mullings, Tyrone Watson and senior Hernst Laroche have all been big contributors in each game of that run and they have all taken turns being the X-factor. But with a team like Nevada, it may be up to all three to really make big efforts to help push them to that win.
11:59am Idaho @ Hawaii
And here is where the ladies are playing tonight ...
11:30am Illinois vs. Michigan
1:55pm Northwestern vs. Nebraska - This will be a great women's game to check out. It's the start of the Big Ten Tournament and it pits a savvy senior point guard, Nebraska's Kaitlyn Burke, against a talented fresh(wo)man at the lead spot, Northwestern's Karly Roser. Burke is a two year starter as a fifth year senior for the Cornhuskers. Roser has started about every game for the Wildcats this season. Burke is among the Huskers career leaders in threes made (9th with 107) and assists (17th with 272). Roser is among the Big Ten leaders in assists per game this season with 4.8 and steals with 51. It will be a great match up and the teams are good too.
2:00pm St. Peter's vs. Canisius - Canisius' Jamie Ruttle not only came off a 16 point, 10 rebound, 3 steal effort on Sunday against Siena she also earned a spot on the All MAAC 3rd Team also. This is the Griffin's first game of the conference tournament and since they had split the two games with St. Peter's this season this should be hotly contested with a chance to advance ahead on the line. I would expect Ruttle to come out huge here with one of the other Canadians also playing big.
3:00pm Texas Southern @ Alcorn State
5:00pm Portland vs. Santa Clara
6:00pm Wisconsin vs. Minnesota
7:00pm Detroit @ Butler
7:00pm Bucknell @ Lehigh
8:00pm Houston @ Tulane
8:00pm Green Bay @ Loyola (IL)
8:30pm Oregon @ Colorado
9:00pm Oregon State @ Utah - Utah is coming off two games against the best in the PAC-12 which they lost and now they have a shot to go into the post season conference tournament on a high note with a potential two game winning streak. Taryn Wicijowski and Michelle Plouffe have been great all season. Wicijowski had been having a great run in her last four games averaging 18 points and 7.5 rebounds. Plouffe has also been playing well averaging 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocks. Oregon State will be a tough out and the Canadian pair will need to play great for the Utes to get this needed W.
9:00pm Hawaii @ Utah State
10:00pm UCLA @ Washington State
10:00pm UC Santa Barbara @ Pacific