Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Picks for Day 92 of the 2023-24 season

Another top 5 team lost yesterday and there were a lot of other upsets. The schedule today provides some very competitive games and a lot of games for the NCAA tournament bracket

Feb 4, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Providence Friars forward Rich Barron (10) controls
Feb 4, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Providence Friars forward Rich Barron (10) controls / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Another day, another top 5 team goes down. This time it was the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels lost in Chapel Hill to Clemson. The Tigers needed another signature win, and they got it and can breathe easier now because they are likely going dancing. UConn beat Butler, Houston beat Oklahoma State, and Wake Forest destroyed Georgia Tech.

The Big Ten had some crazy results last night. Rutgers went into Maryland and beat the Terps, and Indiana came back from 18 down in the second half to beat Ohio State in Columbus but may have lost Ke’lel Ware for a while. Minnesota continues to impress this year as they beat Michigan State in Minneapolis. Kentucky blew out Vanderbilt, and Baylor beat Texas Tech in a battle of top 25 teams. The Gophers currently sit in fourth place in the Big Ten. In some other results, Nevada beat Utah State, Dayton beat Saint Joseph’s, and St Mary’s stayed undefeated in the WCC by destroying Pacific.

Yesterday I went 19-13 in my picks that brings my 91 day total to 2,623-1,064 overall. There is a huge slate of games today and there are a lot of entertaining games today as well. There are some rivalry games, teams playing for seeding and to keep themselves in the NCAA tournament, and finally some teams who are on a losing streak ready to start winning again and get themselves right. Picks for day 93 February 7, 2024, are below.

UNC Asheville over High Point

Winthrop over Charleston Southern

Seton Hall over Georgetown

La Salle over Saint Louis

Stetson over Bellarmine

Tennessee over LSU

Wisconsin over Michigan

Auburn over Alabama

Syracuse over Louisville

NC State over Pitt

Lehigh over Army

Indiana State over Valpo

Longwood over South Carolina Upstate

Gardner-Webb over Presbyterian

Lafayette over Holy Cross

Xavier over Villanova

Colgate over Boston University

Duquesne over Davidson

George Mason over Loyola Chicago

St Bonaventure over UMass

American over Loyola MD

Navy over Bucknell

ETSU over Wofford

Furman over Mercer

Western Carolina over The Citadel

Fort Wayne over Cleveland State

Troy over Marshall

Louisiana Tech over Western Kentucky

Wichita State over UTSA

Louisiana Monroe over Coastal Carolina

North Texas over Tulsa

SMU over Rice

Missouri State over Northern Iowa

Illinois State over UIC

Evansville over Bradley

Drake over Southern Illinois

Belmont over Murray State

Gonzaga over Portland

Southern Mississippi over Old Dominion

Louisiana over Georgia State

South Alabama over Georgia Southern

James Madison over Arkansas State

Appalachian State over Texas State

Providence over Creighton

Duke over Notre Dame

Nebraska over Northwestern

Stanford over UCLA

Texas A&M over Missouri

Mississippi State over Georgia

Eastern Kentucky over Florida Gulf Coast

San Diego over LMU

California over USC

There is a lot on the schedule today. Let’s start with the rivalry games with Auburn and Alabama. Those two teams are both in the top 25 and will make the NCAA tournament. The Crimson Tide currently leads the SEC. Belmont and Murray State has been a rivalry for a long time going back to their Ohio Valley conference days.

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Then there are the games in the Big East. Providence needs to win to stay in the field against Creighton. Xavier and Villanova is a de facto elimination game. The loser is likely out of the field. Wisconsin has a get-right game against Michigan in Ann Arbor. Nebraska heads to Evanston to try and get their first road win in conference play. It will be a tough task against a Northwestern team who is great at home. The Huskers already beat them once. Appalachian State and High Point both need to win to stay in first place in their leagues and Duquesne is looking for a win to get them back into the Atlantic 10 race.