While the Big Ten brings us the lone all-Quad 1 contest of the day, there’s plenty of bubble action available, with the Big East and Pac-12 taking center stage. For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.
At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a lineup broken down by telecast window with the quad designations in bold to the left of the game. Instead of ordering these by tip time, however, I’ve grouped them by importance.
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 Friday, March 1. Records reflect games played through Saturday, March 2. All times are Eastern.
Top 30 at Top 75 (1 Game)
Quad 1 for both the host and visitor (1/1)
The Wolverines will need a win against the Terps and some help to ensure their Saturday visit to Michigan State has any meaning in the Big Ten title race. Michigan won the first meeting 15 days ago by a 65-52 margin at Crisler.
31-75 at Top 75 (1 Game)
Quad 1 for the visitor only; Quad 2 for the host (1/2)
Yesterday, Indiana got itself back into the bubble picture by completing a season sweep of Michigan State. Can the Bluejays get a split of their matchups with the Golden Eagles to do the same? These two played an OT thriller in Omaha on January 9th, with Marquette coming out on top by a bucket, 106-104.
31-75 at 76-135 (3 Games)
Quad 2 for both the host and the visitor (2/2)
No. 59 St. John’s Red Storm (20-9, 8-8) at No. 111 DePaul Blue Demons (13-13, 5-10), 12 p.m. (FS1)
No. 32 Washington Huskies (22-6, 13-2) at No. 96 Stanford Cardinal (15-13, 8-8), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 68 Arizona State Sun Devils (19-9, 10-6) at No. 85 Oregon State Beavers (17-10, 9-6), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
This might be the most intriguing trio of games set for today. St. John’s will attempt to rebound from a damaging home loss to Xavier Musketeers in Chicago—against a DePaul team that defeated the Red Storm by eight in Queens back on January 12th.
Out West, Pac-12 regular-season champ Washington handed the woeful California Golden Bears (and yes, they must be referred to as the “woeful California Golden Bears” in full until further notice) their first conference win of the year on Thursday. While that loss did enough damage to the Huskies’ seeding/at-large hopes, failing to beat Stanford would do a bit more. Mike Hopkins’ squad won the first meeting in Seattle by 16 on January 17th. Washington was able to clinch the title because second-place Arizona State also lost Thursday, at Oregon. The Sun Devils will look to avoid being swept out of the Beaver State by defeating the Beavers for a second time. That won’t be easy, as Oregon State only lost by three in Tempe.
76-160 at Top 75 (1 Game)
Quad 1 for the visitor only; Quad 3 for the host (1/3)
The Cardinals will hope to snap their three-game skip—and return to playing some semblance of normal basketball—by beating the visiting Irish.
76-160 at 76-135 (1 Game)
Quad 2 for the visitor only; Quad 3 for the host (2/3)
At this point the Bulls are playing for a season sweep of the Huskies, 20 wins, and an NIT bid.
161-353 at Top 75 (3 Games)
Quad 1 for the visitor only; Quad 4 for the host (1/4)
Temple, which can clinch a top four seed in the American Athletic Tournament (and the bye to the quarterfinals that goes with it), can’t afford to pull a Washington here—if the Owls want to remain an at-large prospect.
Grouped by quality in each tip window.
Early Afternoon Tips
2/2 No. 59 St. John’s Red Storm (20-9, 8-8) at No. 111 DePaul Blue Demons (13-13, 5-10), 12 p.m. (FS1)
2/3 No. 83 South Florida Bulls (18-10, 7-8) at No. 97 UConn Huskies (13-15, 4-11), 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
1/2 No. 56 Creighton Bluejays (15-13, 6-9) at No. 21 Marquette Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3), 3 p.m. (FS1)
1/3 No. 102 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-15, 3-12) at No. 25 Louisville Cardinals (18-11, 9-7), 1:30 p.m. (CBS)
1/4 No. 301 Tulane Green Wave (4-23, 0-15) at No. 57 Temple Owls (20-8, 10-5), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Late Afternoon Tips
1/1 No. 9 Michigan Wolverines (25-4, 14-4) at No. 26 Maryland Terrapins (21-8, 12-6), 3:45 p.m. (CBS)
2/2 No. 32 Washington Huskies (22-6, 13-2) at No. 96 Stanford Cardinal (15-13, 8-8), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
2/2 No. 68 Arizona State Sun Devils (19-9, 10-6) at No. 85 Oregon State Beavers (17-10, 9-6), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)