Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 117 of 2023-24 season

After a huge Saturday, the Sunday slate is a little lighter but there are games with a lot riding on them. Late season surges and a some win and in scenarios make tomorrow must watch TV.
Feb 25, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Tigers forward David Jones (8) reacts after a rebound
Feb 25, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Tigers forward David Jones (8) reacts after a rebound / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The last major Saturday of the year was a big one. There were two teams Arizona and Kentucky who scored over 100 points in their win. Tennessee beat Alabama, Auburn beat Mississippi State, Texas A&M beat Georgia, Ole Miss beat Missouri in the SEC. Villanova beat Providence to stay alive and now Providence has to beat UConn to earn a bid. Iowa beat Northwestern which continues to late surge to the tournament field for the Hawkeyes.

Illinois beat Wisconsin. How will the committee treat Wisconsin if they head into the NCAA tournament losers of 10-12 games to close out the year? Purdue beat Michigan State at home. The Spartans now must win their last two games to make the tournament. Clemson, Wake Forest, and Virginia took devastating losses which will reflect badly on the tournament committee. Kansas can’t win on the road and lost to Baylor. Texas Tech and Houston survive on the road. BYU came back from 18 down to beat TCU.

I went 94-41 in my picks that brings my 116 day total to 3,482-1,441 overall. There is a ton of games with impact on Sunday. There is a game for some teams looking to lock themselves into the tournament and others are trying to finalize their seeding for their conference tournament. It is going to be a huge day of hoops and all hoops fans are going to be able to find something they will like. Picks for day 117 March 3, 2024, are below.

UConn over Seton Hall

Rider over Canisius

Illinois State over Valpo

Southern Illinois over Northern Iowa

Missouri State over UIC

Maryland over Indiana

Saint Peter’s over Manhattan

Quinnipiac over Siena

Niagara over Mount St. Mary’s

Iona over Marist

North Texas over East Carolina

Oral Roberts over Kansas City

Drake over Bradley

Indiana State over Murray State

Ohio State over Michigan

Belmont over Evansville

Memphis over UAB

Nebraska over Rutgers

Colorado over Stanford

There are not a ton of games today but there is a lot of quality. Its the last game in the Missouri Valley before they gear up for their conference tournament next week. Indiana State will clinch the top seed if they win the game.

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There are three Big Ten games and two of them are huge. Nebraska wins and they are in the tournament that simple. If the Huskers beat Rutgers on Senior Day in Lincoln they will go to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. Ohio State needs to beat Michigan to continue their surge toward the bracket and postseason. Memphis is also on a late-season surge through the American. Colorado is on the bubble and can not lose to Stanford at home.