Here’s The Thursday Night College Hoops Menu
HERE ARE TONIGHT’S KEY
COLLEGE KEY BASKETBALL SHOWDOWNS –
RAPID-FIRE STYLE, IF YOU WILL!
Okay, so we know that you’ve already circled Sunday, March 12th on your calendar – yes, NCAA Tournament Selections Sunday’s gonna be a real blast this year as team right here/right now continue to jockey for better seedings, at-large berths and the like.
And you better believe that this year’s NCAA Tournament venues will be important to all the teams involved – in case you haven’t seen ‘em yet, following the now-annual “First Four” in Dayton on March 14th and 15th, here’s the eight opening-round sites:
It’s Buffalo, NY; Orlando, FL; Milwaukee, WI; and Salt Lake City, UT; for the opening couple of rounds on Thursday, March 16 and Saturday, March 18.
Then it’s Greenville, SC; Indianapolis, IN; Tulsa, OK; and Sacramento, CA. scheduled for Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 19.
It may mean nothing at all but we’re hearing some rumblings that Gonzaga – should it stay put at #1 in the polls – and the Pac-12 champion are gonna be kept in the same region and so that likely means, for example, Gonzaga and, let’s say, UCLA will both be playing opening-round/next-round games in Sacramento while there appears to be a distinct possibility that some of the “name teams” that are struggling a bit (see Kentucky, see Duke) could get shipped out of their geographical region so that critics won’t be able to say they received preferential treatment.
How ‘bout the Kentucky Wildcats winding up in Buffalo that first weekend, and maybe Duke playing in Salt Lake City. Stay tuned.
In any event, we’re less than a full month removed from all the March Madness thrills – and lots of big-time tourney winners here with Jim Hurley’s Network – but first let’s zip through a batch of regular-season games on this Thursday night menu … again, we’re going rapid-fire style following this key announcement:
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On Thursday Night, it’s …
#7 WISCONSIN (21-4, 10-2) at MICHIGAN (16-9, 6-6) – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Big 10 bash is a revenge deal for the host Wolverines who lost 68-64 but got the cash as 10.5-point pups in that tilt back on Jan. 17th. Wisky G Bronson Koenig scored 10 points in a key late-game run to lift the Badgers there but it’s Michigan gang that “needs” this one badly and maybe the maize-and-blue can get to the foul line more than 11 times (10-of-11 FTs in first meeting).
UTAH (17-8, 8-5) at #7 OREGON (22-4, 11-2) – 9 p.m. ET, espn2
Last week we were quick to put Oregon among the projected #1 seeds --- maybe too quick? – but the Ducks scoot into this prime-timer having won 20 of their last 22 games overall and that includes a 73-67 triumph back on Jan. 26th at 2-point home dog Utah. In that “W”, Oregon rod the hot hand of Dillon Brooks (19 points) who nailed 7-of-15 FG tries but truth is balance has been the buzzword for Dana Altman’s squad as that night in Salt Lake City there were four double-digit scorers including key reserve F Chris Boucher who may be the energizer guy here in a game Utah might need worse than it realizes (see lowly RPI of 80).
In other College Basketball Games of note tonight, it’s …
#5 ARIZONA (23-3, 12-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (11-14, 4-9) – 9 p.m. ET, Fox 1
Don’t look now but the U of A Wildcats are banging on that door for a numero uno seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament but can Sean Miller’s crew handle the zone defense looks it is sure to see here in Pullman? Keep in mind that Arizona hammered Wazzau 79-62 in the first meeting of these Pac-12 teams as Lauri Markkanen registered a 16-point/13-rebound game while the ‘Cats shot a swift 57 percent from the floor … yowie!
NOTE: Catch our NBA First-Half Report Cards in the next two editions of Jim Sez.
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