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NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 123 of 2023-24 season

We have finally made it to the final Saturday of the regular season. There will be one team who qualifies for the NCAA tournament today.

Mar 8, 2024; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils mascot Blue Devil entertains the crowd in the
Mar 8, 2024; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils mascot Blue Devil entertains the crowd in the / David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

It was another full day of conference tournaments and there were surprisingly no top seeds that were upset today. Northern Iowa, Indiana State, Drake, and Bradley all won in the Missouri Valley. UNC Asheville and High Point won in the Big South. Little Rock and Morehead State won in the Ohio Valley. Those were all of the top teams who were in action today in conference tournaments. In some other games that had an impact. Dayton came back from a late deficit to beat VCU. Western Michigan scored over 50 points in the second half to beat Akron. Toledo blew out Kent State and won the MAC regular season title. Boise State won a close game against San Diego State at Viejas.

Yesterday I went 16-9 in my picks that brings my 122 day total of 3,616-1,505 total. We have finally reached the final Saturday of the regular season and there are still a lot of conference tournament games to be played today and a lot of games between bubble teams. It is also another great day of rivalry games. The CAA, Northeast, Southern, Big South, Sun Belt, Missouri Valley, Summit League, and West Coast all resume today. The Big Sky and America East begin. There is one championship game today in the Ohio Valley. Picks for day 123 March 9th, 2024, are below.

Alabama over Arkansas

Monmouth over Campbell

Merrimack over Le Moyne

Samford over Mercer

High Point over Longwood

Florida Atlantic over Memphis

St. John’s over Georgetown

Yale over Brown

Appalachian State over Georgia Southern

St. Bonaventure over Saint Louis

Fordham over Rhode Island

Saint Joseph’s over Davidson

Iona over Siena

Western Kentucky over Liberty

Iowa State over Kansas State

Central Connecticut over Wagner

Bryant over Maine

UNC Asheville over Gardner-Webb

Texas over Oklahoma

Cincinnati over West Virginia

Ole Miss over Texas A&M

Duquesne over George Washington

Saint Peter’s over Quinnipiac

Marist over Niagara

Cornell over Columbia

Villanova over Creighton

Mississippi State over South Carolina

Towson over William & Mary

UNC Greensboro over ETSU

Virginia Tech over Notre Dame

George Mason over Richmond

South Florida over Tulsa

Vermont over Albany

New Hampshire over Binghamton

UMass Lowell over UMBC

Arkansas State over Louisiana

Stephen F. Austin over Utah Tech

Louisiana Tech over MTSU

Sam Houston over Jacksonville State

Indiana State over Northern Iowa

Jackson State over Mississippi Valley State

Houston over Kansas

Tennessee over Kentucky

Alcorn State over Pine Bluff

Florida State over Miami

Charlotte over East Carolina

Loyola Chicago over La Salle

Colorado State over Air Force

Fairfield over Mount St. Mary’s

Canisius over Manhattan

Bethune over Florida A&M

Abilene Christian over Utah Valley

New Mexico State over FIU

Florida over Vanderbilt

Marquette over Xavier

Oregon State over Colorado

TCU over UCF

Grambling over Alabama State

Southern over Alabama A&M

Tarleton over Seattle

Boston College over Louisville

Texas Tech over Baylor

Stony Brook over Northeastern

Drake over Bradley

Texas State over Troy

Chattanooga over Wofford

Clemson over Wake Forest

Texas Southern over Prairie View

Princeton over Penn

Long Beach State over UC Davis

Duke over North Carolina

Auburn over Georgia

South Dakota State over Oral Roberts

Oregon over Utah

Fresno State over Wyoming

UC San Diego over Cal Poly

Idaho over Sacramento State

Southern Utah over UT Rio Grande Valley

Pitt over NC State

UConn over Providence

Little Rock over Morehead State

Virginia over Georgia Tech

North Texas over Rice

Grand Canyon over Cal Baptist

Utah State over New Mexico

Delaware over Hampton

James Madison over Marshall

Western Carolina over Furman

Seton Hall over DePaul

LSU over Missouri

BYU over Oklahoma State

Northwestern over Minnesota

UC Irvine over Fullerton

Kansas City over Denver

USC over Arizona

Santa Clara over San Diego

Northern Arizona over Idaho State

Santa Barbara over Riverside

UNLV over Nevada

UCLA over Arizona State

Hawaii over Bakersfield

San Francisco over Portland

There are a ton of games tomorrow but the highlight of the day has to be the Tobacco Road rivalry between Duke and North Carolina. If North Carolina wins the game they will clinch the ACC, but if Duke wins there are a whole lot of scenarios as to who wins the league.

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There will also be the first team to qualify for the NCAA tournament tomorrow in the Ohio Valley. That team will likely be a 16 seed but it will still be awesome to watch the celebration. Northwestern needs to beat Minnesota to keep their double bye hopes alive. Houston and Kansas will be a battle and it will officially clinch the Big 12 for Houston.