Posted by Eric Angevine
Big, huge, large day. Let's jump straight into it with our featured game of the day:
Duke @ North Carolina, 8:00 p.m. ET, CBS: This is how it's supposed to be. Two nationally-ranked ACC programs with a long, long history doing battle for the regular season title. The Heels are better inside, and the Devils are better from outside, and both sport top-5 defensive units. Should be a great one.
Kansas @ Missouri, 12:00 p.m., CBS: No conference championship on the line here, but that hardly matters. These two cross-border rivals carry tensions that harken back to the Civil War, and Missouri is strong in their home arena. The Tigers also should be hungry for a big win to offset their soft-as-chiffon road record. KU legend and assistant coach Danny Manning will be on the bench despite the recent death of his father, Ed, who coached him during the 1988 title run under Larry Brown. | Video Preview
Louisville @ West Virginia, 12:00 p.m., ESPN: The Mountaineers have had an up-and-down season, but can still secure a bye in the Big East tournament by beating Louisville. More importantly, they can secure an NCAA bid, a process that became a bit easier with last week's victory over UConn.
Notre Dame @ UConn, 2:00 p.m., ESPN: As mentioned above, UConn is on a deep slide right now. A loss in this one would leave the Huskies at 9-9 in conference play, and relegate them to a long, long road to the final game at MSG. The stakes are higher for the Irish, who could pull even with Pitt if the Panthers somehow lose to Villanova at home.
Villanova @ Pitt, 4:00 p.m., CBS: Villanova wants to show their recent struggles are behind them in time for postseason play. Pitt wants to stay in line for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. | Video Preview
Florida @ Vanderbilt, 6:00 p.m., ESPN: This one doesn't really carry any weight other than eventual seeding for the NCAA tournament, but a win would help Vandy a lot in that department, and a loss could cost Florida. So there's that, plus the awesome atmosphere of Memorial Gym on gameday.
Cleveland State @ Butler, 6:00 p.m., ESPNU: The Bulldogs haven't had to fight for their postseason lives like this in a while, so this becomes a huge game even though it's a Horizon League semifinal. It will be played at the beautiful and historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, and will feature big time talent Norris Cole on the visitor's side. Plenty of intrigue for a non-final.
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Princeton @ Harvard, 7:00 p.m., no TV: The Ivy is still the only league without a postseason tournament, so the regular season means all. The possible championship implications are complex, which is part of the fun of Ivy League basketball. | Ivy League championship scenarios
UNC-Asheville @ Coastal Carolina, 4:00 p.m., ESPN2: Coastal Carolina has ruled the roost in the Big South all season long, but showed some cracks in the armor, losing two late February games to fall back toward the pack. Asheville, on the other hand, is surging. One of them will earn the first auto-bid to the Big Dance today. | Big South title game preview
North Florida vs. Belmont, 6:00 p.m., ESPN2: Belmont has only lost one conference game in a long A-Sun season, and the Ospreys are relatively new to D-I and are gunning ffor their first NCAA bid ever. However, UNF defeated the league's second-best team to get here, so the matchup is intriguing. | A-Sun title game preview
Tennessee Tech vs. Morehead State, 8:00 p.m., ESPN2: It's the fate of this big game to be in the shadow of the Tobacco Road rivalry today, but there are storylines aplenty. Tech is trying to end an epic championship dry spell behind the hot shooting of Zach Swansey, who drilled a game-winner to get them past heavily favored Murray State. Morehead State is hoping to give the world a closer look at the nation's best rebounder, Kenneth Faried, by advancing to the Big Dance. | OVC tournament page | Zac Swansey feature
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