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March 8th, 2015
The appetizers before the entrée – conference tournaments leading into Sunday evening’s announcement of the 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket – will be served over most of the next seven days.
Besides filling its batch of 37 at-large bids, the selection committee must also pick the top four seeds.
Kentucky, naturally, is a lock for the No. 1 overall seed, with Duke, Virginia, Villanova and Wisconsin in contention for the others.
The final week of the regular season, prior to going full-bore “conference tournament mode”, offers some keen matchups in terms of impacting regular-season conference winners and – more importantly – tourney bracket seedings.
Among those conferences with critical games this week is the Atlantic Coast Conference, where No. 3-ranked Virginia will take its two-game lead into road games against Syracuse (Monday) and Louisville (Saturday).
There are just a couple of weeks to go before we delve into full-tilt conference tournament time.
And there a bunch of games on tap this week that will go a long way towards deciding regular-season titles and setting the seeds for some of those tournaments.
Tuesday provides a particularly busy night of action.
The Big Ten’s two best teams, No. 5 Wisconsin and 15 Maryland hook up in College Park.
The 2015 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone. Over 30 players changed teams in total, which is a record for a deadline day in the NBA. While there weren't any blockbuster trades including any of the leagues premier players, there were plenty of deals that went down and some that will undoubtedly affect the playoff race in both conferences. We saw top teams like the Hawks, Spurs, Warriors and Raptors let the deadline pass without making a deal while teams like the 76ers continue to make head scratching moves that almost make you wonder what direction the organization is tr
Pittsburgh took a big step toward getting itself into the “at-large” hunt with its win at home against North Carolina Saturday.
And it would be firmly in position to get one of those 37 slots on March 15 if it is able to come out of Charlottesville Monday night with a win against No. 4 Virginia.
But the biggest ACC game this week takes place Wednesday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Player of the Week
LeBryan Nash - Oklahoma State
During the past week there hasn’t been a hotter team in the Big 12 than Oklahoma State, and their senior swingman, LeByran Nash, has been leading the charge. The Cowboy’s premiere scorer and wing defender has averaged 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and a steal per game as OSU knocked off Texas, Kansas and Baylor in a 5 day span.
On January 31st, I had the opportunity to watch two of the top prospects in all of high school basketball match up in all places, the Wine Country of Napa Valley, California.
Junior wing Josh Jackson's team went up against sophomore center DeAndre Ayton's. Jackson led Prolific Prep to a 7 point victory, 85-78.