Editor’s note: I guess a lot of you might be watching the NBA dunk contest or the three-point shootout tonight, but for those of you concerned with watching actual basketball, here’s a list of the top seven college games on TV today…
St. Joseph’s at LaSalle – 1pm (NBCSN)
The Atlantic 10 is deep this year, with as many as seven teams lobbying for NCAA Tournament bids. LaSalle is surprisingly one of those teams, especially after picking up huge back-to-back wins in late-January against a pair of Top 20 opponents (Butler & VCU). If the Explorers continue their strong play, they could go dancing for the first time since 1992.
Virginia Tech at North Carolina State – 2pm (ESPN 2)
One of the most exciting teams in the country (NC State) matched up against one of the most exciting players in the country (Erick Green). Sign me up. Green leads the nation with 25 points per game and has continued to be the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for the Hokies. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack have dropped three of their last four and need to pick up their play if they want to remain in the hunt for the NCAA’s.
Missouri at Arkansas – 4pm (ESPN)
Missouri might just be one of the most disappointing teams in the country this year, but is somehow still hovering outside of the Top 25. When their star point guard Phil Pressey bring his A-game, the Tigers can literally beat anybody in the country. When he fails to step up, they lose to teams like Texas A&M and LSU. Watch out for the Razorbacks here; all of Missouri’s losses have come on the road.
No. 2 Duke at Maryland – 6pm (ESPN)
College Park is just one of those places where Coach K’s Blue Devils have trouble. I know the Terrapins aren’t quite the same as they were under the legendary Gary Williams, but a rivalry is still a rivalry. Regardless, Maryland is an improved team with a solid NCAA Tournament resume, and is ranked second in the country in rebounding and 29th in field goal percentage. That’s mainly because of massive Ukrainian freshman center Alex Len, who stands at 7’1″ and is bound to be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
Georgia at Mississippi – 8pm (ESPN 2)
Two words: Marshall Henderson. The high-flying Rebels may have dropped four of their last five, but Henderson remains one of the most exciting players in the country. He’s also the loosest of cannons, but being bat-shit crazy just adds to the fun, right? Check out this link for a look at why he’s earned this reputation, and also why has Ole Miss in the hunt for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002.
Texas at No. 14 Kansas – 9pm (ESPN)
Shocking to see the Jayhawks drop three games in a row the way they did after plowing through the early portion of their schedule, but Kansas will be one of the last teams standing. They are too good. Ben McLemore, in particular, is too good. However, it’s games like these that the Jayhawks can ill afford to lose. Texas has been just awful this season, despite having one of the more talented rosters in the conference.
San Diego State at UNLV – 9pm (NBCSN)
I’m telling you, Mountain West basketball is where it’s at. The Aztecs and the Rebels are two of the best teams in this conference that is surprisingly deep. Colorado State, Boise State, and Air Force could all end up earning tickets to the Big Dance, along with SDSU and UNLV. These two teams though, the Aztecs and the Rebels, are the cream of the crop in this league. Watch out for SDSU guard Jamaal Franklin. He leads the team in scoring with over 17 points per game and is a monster of the defensive end. He also does shit like this…
In the middle of a fucking game? You’re crazy, Jamaal Franklin. I like you, but you’re crazy.