Bubble Games to Watch: March 8
Hand up, shame on me, I forgot to include Indiana in yesterday’s games to watch. And according to B-Fox that probably helped the Hoosiers as they played one of their best games of the season at Illinois. Temple was the other team in action and they took care of business at UConn thanks to a monster 34 points on 12-14 shooting from Shizz Alston. Conference tournaments are well underway with the SoCon kicking off, WCC into their 2nd round, OVC and Big South in the semis, and MAAC in the quarterfinal.
Eastern Michigan at Toledo 6pm CT ESPN+
Final home game of the year for Toledo and it comes against a team they lost to just a few weeks ago. Eastern Michigan knocked off the bubble hopefuls in Ypsilanti 76-69 thanks to a 49 point 2nd half. Elijah Minnie had a big night and the Eagles shot it well from 3. The Rockets need to flip the script in the rematch otherwise their bubble hopes will be shattered. Toledo is 13-2 at home so I expect them to come out strong.
Belmont vs Austin Peay 7pm CT ESPNU
If you’re a college basketball fan in the slightest, tonight’s semi-final matchups in the Ohio Valley are must watch. Clearly the four best teams in the league square off with the first part of the double feature showing the regular season champs Belmont. The Bruins have won 13 in a row and took the only previous matchup against Austin Peay earlier in the year 96-92. Both teams can really score it and expect this to be a shootout.
Jacksonville State vs Murray State 9pm CT ESPNU
The nightcap has the player everyone has been talking about, Ja Morant, going up against the best defensive team in the conference. In the teams lone meeting this season, Jacksonville State blew out the Racers 88-68 thanks in part to 7 turnovers by Morant and a combined 45 points from Burnell and Hunter. Murray State is on the bubble and needs this one to stay alive, Jacksonville State’s only hope to dance is winning the league.