Nine Games that Matter Wednesday; Arizona St. only chance for Breakthrough
While nine Middle 20 teams are in action tonight fighting for a tournament bid, the only team with a chance for a breakthrough is Arizona State, who travels to UCLA for the last game of the night at 11:30 ET. The good news for the other eight teams is that they are favored - but that is actually bad news because they cannot help their chances tonight but a loss would be devastating. The action is starting now where Larry Bird's Indiana State cannot afford a loss to Drake, ranked only 130th as www.kenpom.com. Here is the complete schedule.
The "big" games tonight are Georgetown-UConn and New Mexico-San Diego State, but those are just positioning for higher seeds except for UConn, who is on probation.
|Game (ranking based on www.kenpom.com)
||Middle 20 Team's Chances (www.kenpom.com)
|130 Drake at 79 Indiana St.
||Indiana St. 75-67 (78%)
|50 Baylor at 116 West Virginia
||Baylor 69-66 (63%)
|151 Nevada at 63 Boise St.
||Boise St. 77-65 (85%)
|273 Mississippi St. at 32 Kentucky
||Kentucky 81-56 (98%)
|24 Creighton at 154 Bradley
||Creighton 75-65 (80%)
|97 Texas A&M at 39 Mississippi
||Mississippi 72-62 (83%)
|44 Colorado at 53 Stanford
||Stanford 67-64 (60%)
|26 St. Mary's at 206 Pepperdine
||St. Mary's 71-59 (86%)
|81 Arizona St. at 46 UCLA
||Arizona St. 67-76 (21%)