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Selection Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: 68 teams will be announced

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 22 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

The Wolverines have won both games over their in-state rival this season. Though the Spartans have, like we’ve discussed all season long, proved how tough they can be in March when they are at full strength on Saturday in a win over Wisconsin. Michigan State can take another step forward in what could be another deep tournament run this afternoon, while Michigan can potentially secure the final No. 1 seed either way.

OTHER GAME OF THE NIGHT:  No. 7 Duke vs. No. 6 Virginia, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

T.J. Warren may have won ACC Player of the Year, but Jabari Parker and Duke advanced to the tournament championship game on Saturday behind a balanced scoring attack. The Blue Devils have an outside shot at the No. 1 overall seed, as Michigan could clinch that spot Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers, the ACC regular season champions, have not played the Blue Devils since a 69-65 loss inside Cameron Indoor Stadium more than two months ago.

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1) Plenty of teams are sitting on the bubble, waiting for the committee’s decision. Teams like Louisville, Syracuse — two teams going in opposite directions — are both tournament bound, but where will they be seeded. Here are several things to look for on Selection Sunday following the games.

2) The No. 1 seed in the East region is still undetermined heading into Selection Sunday. Duke and Michigan both have an argument. Will Michigan move to the top line, or can Duke make a late push and persuade the committee for the top spot in the East?

3) The Harrison brothers combined for 34 points (12-of-20 shooting) with 12 assists (three turnovers) in Kentucky’s 70-58 win over Georgia. Are they turning the corner at the right time? We’ll get a better idea this afternoon in the SEC final against Florida, which hasn’t lost since Dec. 2.

4) VCU is playing very well as of late, winners of its last six including victories over then-No. 10 Saint Louis and rolling past George Washington in the Atlantic 10 semifinals. The Rams get Saint Joseph’s, one of possibly six A10 teams to be in the tournament, in the finals Sunday afternoon.

5) Georgia State is the top seed in the Sun Belt Conference. Ryan Harrow (remember him?) and R.J. Hunter have led the way for the Panthers. They’ve defeated Louisiana-Lafayette twice this season, by a combined 10 points. However, Elfrid Payton is one of the best mid-major players in the nation.

No. 25 Texas A&M outlasts No. 10 Gonzaga

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No. 25 Texas A&M made a statement on Turkey Day, as they knocked off No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Danuel House led the way with 19 points for the Aggies while Tony Trocha-Morales finished with 14 points as Texas A&M picked up the win despite the fact that they did not score for the final eight minutes of the game.

Billy Kennedy’s club looked the part of an SEC contender, playing tough defense and keeping Gonzaga’s massive and talented front line in check. Perhaps most impressive was that they were able to hang on despite blowing a lead late in the second half, and that they did it with their defense. Gonzaga can score. They have big bodies inside and shooters to surround them, but Domantas Sabonis struggled with foul struggle throughout the game while Kyle Wiltjer did not score in the final 12 minutes.

Kentucky, at this point, is the clear-cut favorite in the SEC, and while Vanderbilt looked really good in Maui this week, A&M looks like they’re going to end up giving the Commodores a run for their money for second-best in the league.

On the other hand, this loss wasn’t a total disaster for the Zags. They had the final possession with a chance to be a good team on a day when Domantas Sabonis was rendered completely ineffective. And, more importantly, point guard Josh Perkins was terrific. He did have a late turnover, but he scored all 15 of his points in the second half as he helped keep the Zags within striking distance.

Texas A&M will play the winner of Syracuse and No. 18 UConn for the title.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.