Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 124 of 2023-24 season

The final day of the regular season is upon us and there is still a lot left to play for. A few teams can lock up their at large bid today while three others can get their auto bid into the tournament.

Mar 16, 2023; Sacramento, CA, USA; UNC Asheville Bulldogs head coach Mike Morrell talks to UNC
Mar 16, 2023; Sacramento, CA, USA; UNC Asheville Bulldogs head coach Mike Morrell talks to UNC / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The final Saturday of the regular season was a huge day on the bubble and it was a day full of upsets in the conference tournaments. It also saw the first ticket punched to the NCAA tournament. The Morehead State Eagles out of the Ohio Valley are the first team to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament. In other conference tournament action High Point was upset by Longwood on their home floor in the Big South tournament. In the Northeast Conference Merrimack beat Le Moyne and Wagner upset top seeded Central Connecticut. In the Southern Conference tournament Samford, ETSU, Furman, and Chattanooga all won. ETSU and Furman had upsets of higher seeds in the tournament. Texas State continues their run through March as they are now in the semifinals of the Sun Belt after upsetting Troy. Arkansas State, Appalachian State, and James Madison all won their games in the league tournament as well.

There were other conference tournaments but nothing notable happened yet. In non-conference tournament games Houston blasted Kansas to win the Big 12 outright. Kansas State beat Iowa State, Northwestern hammered Minnesota, Florida Atlantic beat Memphis, St. John’s beat Georgetown, and Texas beat Oklahoma. These ranked teams held serve today as Creighton beat Villanova, Kentucky beat Tennessee, Alabama beat Arkansas, South Carolina beat Mississippi State, BYU beat Oklahoma State, USC beat Arizona, and UConn blew out Providence. Utah State won the Mountain West, and North Carolina beat Duke for the season sweep. It was a huge day of hoops.

Yesterday I went 68-27 in my picks that brings my 123 day total to 3,684-1,532 overall. Welcome to the final day of the regular season and exactly seven days from Selection Sunday. There are still huge games on the last day of the regular season and there are some teams who can lock up bids today. There are also three more autobids to hand out today as well. Picks for day 124 March 10, 2024, are below.

Nebraska over Michigan

Charleston over Monmouth

UNC Asheville over Longwood

Purdue over Wisconsin

Colgate over Bucknell

Indiana State over Drake

Stetson over Austin Peay

Ohio State over Rutgers

Towson over UNC Wilmington

UTSA over Temple

SMU over UAB

Boston University over Lehigh

Samford over Furman

Indiana over Michigan State

Stony Brook over Drexel

Southeastern Louisiana over New Orleans

Appalachian State over Arkansas State

Chattanooga over ETSU

Iowa over Illinois

St Thomas over North Dakota State

Eastern Washington over Sacramento State

Penn State over Maryland

Hofstra over Delaware

Northwestern State over Texas A&M Commerce

James Madison over Texas State

North Dakota over Omaha

Northern Colorado over Idaho State

Let’s get into what is at stake today. Nebraska and Michigan State will lock themselves in the NCAA tournament bracket with wins. Nebraska plays Michigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State plays at Indiana. The Huskers can also get third place in the Big Ten with a win and Wisconsin loss to Purdue. UNC Asheville is playing Longwood and the winner of that game wins the Big South.

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Indiana State is playing Drake and the winner of that game wins the Missouri Valley. Stetson is looking for their first NCAA tournament appearance ever when they face Austin Peay. That is it for the huge games tomorrow. There is a lot going on during the final day of the regular season.