Big regular-season matchups from the ACC and Big 12 and the first four conference tournament games are on tap tonight. For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.
It’s a relatively short slate tonight, so I’m skipping the chronological schedule.
Reminders of the different groupings:
- Quad 1 (home games): Visitor is ranked 1-30
- Quad 1 (away games): Host is ranked 1-75
- Quad 2 (home games): Visitor is ranked 31-75
- Quad 2 (away games): Host is ranked 76-135
- Quad 3 (home games): Visitor is ranked 76-160
- Quad 3 (away games): Host is ranked 136-240
- Quad 4 (home games): Visitor is ranked 161-353
- Quad 4 (away games): Host is ranked 241-353
All NET numbers are from the NCAA’s website and reflect games played through Sunday, March 3. Records reflect games played through that same date. All times are Eastern.
Top 30 at Top 75 (2 Games)
Quad 1 for both the host and visitor (1/1)
If Syracuse can knock off Virginia at the Carrier Dome tonight, an at-large bid will almost assuredly be theirs. The Orange are 2-3 in their last five meetings with the Cavaliers (including the 2016 Midwest Regional final), but Virginia swept last season’s series.
Both Big 12 co-leaders are in action tonight, with Kansas State hitting the road to take on a TCU team that’s dropped five of six and has fallen near the cut line. The Wildcats are looking for a season sweep that will help them stay in the hunt for the top seed in Kansas City, having won by 10 in Manhattan back on January 19th.
31-75 at Top 75 (1 Game)
Quad 1 for the visitor only; Quad 2 for the host (1/2)
The other half of the Big 12 title race, Texas Tech, hosts Texas, which is looking to build off Saturday’s profile-saving win over Iowa State Cyclones. The Red Raiders are aiming for the season sweep here, thanks to a 68-62 victory in Austin from way back on January 12th. Chris Beard’s squad is among the nation’s hottest teams, having won seven straight and nine of 10.
No. 5 NJIT Highlanders (20-11, 8-8) at No. 4 FGCU Eagles (14-17, 9-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
No. 6 North Alabama Lions (10-21, 7-9) at No. 3 North Florida Ospreys (15-16, 9-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
No. 7 Jacksonville Dolphins (12-19, 5-11) at No. 2 Liberty Flames (25-6, 14-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
No. 8 Kennesaw State Owls (6-25, 3-13) at No. 1 Lipscomb Bisons (23-6, 14-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
The top three seeds are all looking to defeat their respective opponents for the third time this season, while the 4/5 matchup is a rubber match, with the Eagles and Highlanders having each won at home. But NJIT only lost by two, 57-55, in Fort Myers on February 13th.
Note that North Alabama is ineligible for the postseason as it’s just starting its transition to Division I. Note that when the Stetson Hatters participated in the 2016 ASUN Tournament as an ineligible team, the auto bid would have been awarded to the regular-season champion had the Hatters won the championship game. Oddly enough, Stetson finished ninth in the conference this season, thanks in part to an 83-82 loss at Kennesaw State on Friday, so it didn’t qualify for 2019’s event.