There is lots of action tonight in the NCAA and that also means lots of Canadians in action. For tonight, we have Devoe Joseph at Minnesota, Big Papa Oppong at Eastern Kentucky and for the nightcaps we have Marc Trasolini at Santa Clara and the Canadian Front at Gonzaga. Find out who else we have playing tonight right here ...
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7:00pm Bucknell @ American
7:00pm Michigan @ Minnesota – Pickering, ON’s Devoe Joseph has been inserted into the starting lineup and has shown that he is capable of playing major minutes at a high level. With the Gophers looking more and more like a bubble team as the conference tournament inches closer, this game could be a big one that he helps lead to a win.
7:00pm Binghamton @ New Hampshire
7:00pm Central Michigan @ Ohio
7:00pm Elon @ Charleston
7:00pm Davidson @ Appalachian State – with each game now coming down to a battle for position in the conference tourney for Davidson, this game will be important. St. Hubert, PQ’s Will Archambault has only failed to score in double figures twice in the last nine games and when he does, he’s averaging just over 14 points per clip.
7:00pm Wagner @ Fairleigh Dickinson
7:05pm Wisc-Green Bay @ Detroit
7:45pm Stetson @ North Florida
7:45pm Long Island @ Sacred Heart – the LIU Black Birds are in a strange position: their conference record is much better than their overall record and they can possibly make some big noise in their respective conference tournament. Toronto’s Kyle Johnson came up huge in the triple overtime loss to St Francis (NY) a few nights ago so he could go off in this game for sure.
8:00pm Arkansas State @ Western Kentucky
8:00pm Robert Morris @ Central Connecticut State
8:45pm Eastern Kentucky @ Southeast Missouri State – Eastern Kentucky is having a great stretch the last three games at the best time. Toronto’s Papa Oppong has scored had double digit scoring games in ten of his last twelve and had a big 20-point, 4 rebound game in the one point victory over Jacksonville State on Feb 6th. This could be a continuing trend for Big Papa against SMS tonight.
9:00pm Chicago State @ South Dakota
9:00pm Oakland @ Southern Utah
10:00pm Loyola Marymount @ Santa Clara – for what has happened to the Broncos this season, they have trudged along and managed to be respectable despite it all. Though they may not be going to the NCAA Tournament this season, Vancouver’s Marc Trasolini has stepped up as the leader of the team since leading scorer Kevin Foster went down in December and shown he is a big time player. This is a game to watch for sure.
10:00pm New Mexico State @ Fresno State
11:00pm Saint Mary’s @ (15) Gonzaga – with Gonzaga a game behind Saint Mary’s in the conference standings, this game will be intense. Outside of Rob Sacre, the Canadians have been getting a little less burn down the stretch, possibly because Coach Few is really shortening the bench for the post season. But the good news is that one of them has stepped up when called on with it having been Manny Arop of late. This will be a hard game to win, but look for a big contribution from the Canadian Front.
11:00pm San Diego @ Portland