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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 114 of the 2023-24 season

There may not be a lot of games in the power conferences today but there are a lot of games that are going to have an impact in conference seeding.

Dec 19, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Merrimack Warriors guard Adam Clark (0) drives to the basket
Dec 19, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Merrimack Warriors guard Adam Clark (0) drives to the basket / Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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It was a relatively quiet night in terms of upsets, but it was an extremely important night for bubble teams trying to secure wins to get them into the field and quite honestly most of them failed. Marquette blasted Providence in Milwaukee. Iowa State beat Oklahoma at Hilton, South Carolina beat Texas A&M in College Station. Creighton blew out Seton Hall, and St. John’s blew out Butler in Indy. Alabama beat Ole Miss in Oxford. That is not a good night for bubble teams that are trying to get into the tournament. St. John’s stays alive but Texas A&M and Butler are likely done. It is also an uphill climb for Ole Miss to get into the field.

There are teams in the field who did a lot of winning last night. Northwestern was short two key players and picked up an ugly win over Maryland at Xfinity Center. It was a huge win for the Wildcats as they attempt to go back-to-back in the NCAA tournament. Virginia avoided a loss to Boston College on the road, Colorado beat California and Florida beat Missouri. Those were all wins against bad teams that would hurt the resume. In the game of the night Tennessee and Auburn had a to-the-wire battle that saw the Volunteers win the game late.  In mid-major conferences, High Point clinched the top seed in the Big South, Drake needed triple overtime to beat UIC in Chicago, Richmond held serve and still leads the Atlantic 10, and Austin Peay beat Eastern Kentucky to close the gap on first place in the Atlantic Sun.

Yesterday I went 35-23 in my picks that brings my 113 day total to 3,355-1,383 overall. Today is a huge day in terms of some bubble teams trying to close the deal and get themselves into the at large field for the NCAA tournament. It is also a big day for teams to try and clinch their conference regular seasons and head to championship week as the top seed in the tournament. There is a lot going to today even if there are not many power conference games. Picks for day 114 February 29, 2024, are below.

Binghamton over Maine

UMass Lowell over Bryant

Nebraska over Ohio State

Memphis over East Carolina

Gardner-Webb over Longwood

Elon over William & Mary

Towson over North Carolina A&T

Drexel over Stony Brook

Delaware over Northeastern

Monmouth over Hampton

UNC Wilmington over Hofstra

Charleston over Campbell

Fairleigh Dickinson over Merrimack

Central Connecticut over Long Island

Le Moyne over Wagner

Sacred Heart over Stonehill

NJIT over UMBC

New Hampshire over Albany

Jacksonville State over UTEP

Morehead State over Southeast Missouri State

North Dakota over South Dakota St

North Dakota State over South Dakota

St Thomas over Omaha

Utah over Stanford

Rutgers over Michigan

UT Martin over Tennessee Tech

Southern Indiana over Lindenwood

Western Illinois over Eastern Illinois

Abilene Christian over Southern Utah

Santa Clara over Portland

Little Rock over Tennessee State

Denver over Kansas City

Tarleton over Utah Tech

Grand Canyon over UT Rio Grande Valley

UC Davis over Hawaii

Liberty over New Mexico State

Weber State over Northern Colorado

Idaho State over Northern Arizona

Montana State over Idaho

Eastern Washington over Montana

LMU over San Diego

Cal Baptist over Stephen F. Austin

Seattle over UT Arlington

UC Irvine over Northridge

Long Beach over Fullerton

UC San Diego over Bakersfield

Santa Barbara over Cal Poly

Washington State over USC

Washington over UCLA

Saint Mary’s over Pepperdine

San Francisco over Gonzaga

Let’s look at some clinching scenarios today. If Nebraska beats Ohio State in Columbus it will be very hard to keep Nebraska out of the NCAA tournament. If they lose the Huskers have to beat Rutgers and Michigan to close out the year. Merrimack can clinch the Northeast Conference today with a win, if they lose and Central Connecticut wins then it all comes down to the last game. Eastern Washington can clinch the Big Sky regular season today with a win over Montana. Charleston will clinch the CAA for the second year in a row if they can beat Campbell. If South Dakota State beats North Dakota today the Jackrabbits will win the Summit League regular season.  

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Finally, if Saint Mary’s beats Pepperdine they will clinch the regular season WCC title over Gonzaga. It is going to be a big day of hoops today with a lot riding on the games.