Big game for Notre Dame tonight, as the Irish try to continue their winning ways at home and beat the DePaul team that edged them by 1 on the road 12 days ago. It’s at 7:00 PM on ESPN2, but I’ll be there in person at the Joyce Center. GO IRISH!
And a pair of huge, huge, huge games in the Missouri Valley Conference, as Bradley hosts Northern Iowa and Missouri State visits Wichita State at 8:05 and 9:05, respectively. Bradley and MO State are the MVC’s two most likely at-large contenders outside of Southern Illinois and Creighton, while UNI and Wichita are almost certainly out of the at-large discussion. So if you want to see a three- or four-bid Valley, root for the Braves and Bears. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of some major-conference bubble team, root for the Panthers and Shockers.
Oh yeah, and second-place Big South team High Point visits Winthrop at 7:15 PM. The Eagles, fresh off a huge win at the above-mentioned Missouri State Bears, are one of the “last four in” Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket as an “at-large, if needed,” but they’ll presumably need to win out until the Big South title game to have any chance of making that prediction a reality. And tonight’s game figures to be their biggest challenge until said title game (which will probably also be against High Point). Previously, Winthrop won at High Point by 1. Tonight, they get ‘em at home, so here’s hoping for another win, by a more comfortable margin this time. On the other hand, will there be a post-BracketBusters hangover? Hopefully not. Go Eagles!