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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 121 of 2023-24 season

Conference tournaments really get going today. They dominate most of the action on Thursday

Stetson's Alec Oglesby (0) dribbles down the court against Queens, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at the
Stetson's Alec Oglesby (0) dribbles down the court against Queens, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at the / David Tucker\News-Journal / USA TODAY
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It was a huge night for bubble teams last night. All the bubble teams that needed a win got one. Michigan State beat Northwestern in East Lansing. The Spartans were desperate for a win and needed one to stay in the field. They were able to get it done against a shorthanded Wildcat team. Seton Hall got a huge win over Villanova to put them closer to the field this morning. TCU avoided the bad loss on the road at West Virginia. New Mexico needed to avoid a bad loss to New Mexico, and they did. Texas A&M beat Mississippi State to move closer to the cutline. A good week at the SEC tournament next week is still needed for the Aggies. Florida Atlantic got a huge win over North Texas to stay in the field.

Conference tournaments were in full force again yesterday. The NEC tournament saw Central Connecticut, Merrimack, Le Moyne, and Wagner all advance. Radford beat South Carolina Upstate in the opening round of the Big South tournament; The Ohio Valley saw Tennessee State and SIU Edwardsville win their opening round games. Some other results were Houston beating UCF and Tennessee beating South Carolina. Those two teams are currently locked into a one seed. UConn beat Marquette in Milwaukee to keep a firm grasp of a one seed as well. Iowa State needed a late comeback to beat BYU, Kentucky beat Vanderbilt, and Indiana blew out Minnesota in Minneapolis. Utah State beat San Jose State to stay on top of the Mountain West

Yesterday I went 29-6 in my picks which gives me a 120 day total of 3,567-1,475 overall. Conference tournaments really get going today as there is basketball to watch all day. The Missouri Valley and the WCC start today. The Sun Belt, Horizon League, Atlantic Sun, and Ohio Valley all resume today. Those games are sandwiched around power conference games. There is not much on the schedule today outside of the conference tournaments to be excited about. Picks for day 121 March 7, 2024, are below.

South Alabama over Georgia Southern

Murray State over Missouri State

Louisiana over Coastal Carolina

Belmont over Valpo

Pepperdine over Pacific

Southern Mississippi over Texas State

Colgate over Holy Cross

Lafayette over Lehigh

Boston University over Navy

American over Bucknell

Oakland over Fort Wayne

Youngstown State over Cleveland State

Illinois State over Evansville

Stetson over Jacksonville

UAB over Temple

Wisconsin over Rutgers

Niagara over Siena

Quinnipiac over Marist

Iona over Manhattan

Fairfield over Canisius

Western Illinois over Tennessee State

North Carolina Central over South Carolina State

Morgan State over Coppin State

Utah Tech over UT Rio Grande Valley

Stephen F. Austin over Southern Utah

Wright State over Northern Kentucky

Austin Peay over North Alabama

Delaware State over Maryland Eastern Shore

Rider over Saint Peter’s

Tarleton State over Utah Valley

UT Arlington over Cal Baptist

Seattle over Abilene Christian

Georgia State over Marshall

Alcorn State over Mississippi Valley State

Southern over Alabama State

Grambling over Alabama A&M

Jackson State over Pine Bluff

Southeastern Louisiana over Nicholls

Washington State over Washington

Milwaukee over Green Bay

Oregon over Colorado

Norfolk State over Howard

UTEP over FIU

Louisiana Tech over Sam Houston

Arizona over UCLA

Southern Illinois over Illinois-Chicago

Morehead State over SIU Edwardsville

Long Beach over Santa Barbara

UC San Diego over UC Davis

Riverside over Fullerton

UC Irvine over Cal Poly

Stanford over California

USC over Arizona State

Utah over Oregon State

There are so many conference tournament games today. The Sun Belt has South Alabama and Georgia Southern, Louisiana and Coastal Carolina, Southern Mississippi and Texas State, and Georgia State and Marshall. The Missouri Valley has Murray State and Missouri State, Belmont and Valpo, Illinois State and Evansville, and Southern Illinois and Illinois-Chicago. The Patriot League has Colgate and Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh, Boston University and Navy, and American and Bucknell. The Horizon League has Oakland and Fort Wayne, Youngstown State and Cleveland State, Wright State and Northern Kentucky, and Green Bay and Milwaukee. The Ohio Valley has Western Illinois and Tennessee State and Morehead State and SIU Edwardsville. The West Coast has Pacific and Pepperdine.

Finally, the Atlantic Sun has semifinals with Stetson and Jacksonville and Austin Peay and North Alabama. There are not too many other great games on today. Wisconsin and Rutgers has huge Big Ten standings impact.