Pregame Shootaround: Another Big 12 showdown, and some SEC bubble action

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Game of the Night: No. 15 West Virginia at No. 21 Oklahoma, 8:00 p.m.

West Virginia is currently 6-2 in the Big 12, sitting all by themselves in second place in the war zone known as conference play. But they have already played TCU and Texas Tech twice each, meaning the Mountaineers will play their last 10 games against teams with a shot at reaching the NCAA tournament. It kicks off tonight with a trip to Norman to take on Oklahoma. We’ll know pretty quickly if the Mountaineers are as good as their ranking.

Who’s Getting Upset?: St. John’s at No. 22 Butler, 7:00 p.m.

The Johnnies have their backs against the wall. Their slow start in Big East play has put them in a bad spot when it comes to making a push for the NCAA tournament. They’re desperate, and they play better when that’s the case. Can Butler handle the athleticism of St. John’s?

Five Things to Watch For

1. Indiana at No. 5 Wisconsin, 7:00 p.m.: Indiana is one of the smallest teams in the country and loves to spread the floor. Wisconsin has a huge front line, but can they stick with the Hoosiers on the perimeter?

2. No. 9 Louisville at Miami, 8:00 p.m.: Angel Rodriguez vs. Terry Rozier will be fun.

3. Georgia at No. 1 Kentucky, 7:00 p.m.: Georgia will be without Marcus Thornton, which is a major blow to their chances for an upset.

4. No. 14 Northern Iowa at Indiana State, 9:00 p.m.: Will Northern Iowa have a letdown game on the road after beating Wichita State?

5. South Carolina at Arkansas, 9:00 p.m.: Arkansas cannot afford any home losses if they’re going to go dancing.

Notables:

  • Florida at Vanderbilt, 9:00 p.m.
  • N.C. State at Wake Forest, 9:00 p.m.
  • Virginia Tech at Syracuse, 9:00 p.m.
  • Mississippi State at Tennessee, 7:00 p.m.