Coming off an unbelievable weekend, you might still need more time to recovery. Fortunately, there are only a few good games to keep an eye on.
Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP poll.
Best game: No. 13 Baylor at Texas (9 p.m., ESPN). Coming off three losses in its last four games, Baylor needs to bounce back with a win. Meanwhile, Texas needs another quality scalp for its resume after dropping a road game at Oklahoma State over the weekend. Texas likes to attack the rim and get points from the free-throw line, but the Longhorns will have to knock down corner shots to beat the Bears’ zone defense. On the other side, Baylor has to crash the offensive glass.
Second-best game: Connecticut at Villanova (7 p.m., ESPN). This is a must-win for Connecticut after the Huskies lost at home to Marquette over the weekend. It starts a four-game stretch where they need to go 3-1 or beat Syracuse at home later in the week. Villanova is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame in which the Wildcats blew a 20-point lead. If UConn is to break through with a victory, it needs to dominate the offensive glass and keep ‘Nova off the free-throw line.
Another one to watch: USC Upstate at Belmont (8 p.m.). Belmont took control of the Atlantic Sun race over the weekend, by beating East Tennessee State and seeing Mercer drop one to Jacksonville. USC Upstate has quietly won eight of its last nine games, and moved into third place in the standings. The Spartans sit two games back of Belmont. The key to pulling the road upset will be taking advantage of second chances and defending the perimeter.
Guaranteed win: Norfolk State had a stranglehold on the MEAC two weeks ago, but the Spartans have three of their last five and dropped behind Savannah State in the standings. They will look to get back on the right track, with a home non-conference game against Longwood (7 p.m.).
Potential upset: Delaware State has won eight straight MEAC games to move into contention for the league title, but the Hornets head on the road to face Hampton (8 p.m.). The Pirates have struggled for much of the past six weeks, losing eight their last 11, but they’ve been close in nearly all of the losses. Hampton defends 2-point shots effectively, and Darrion Pellum can carry them offensively.
Three things to keep an eye on:
- Mississippi Valley State can improve to 15-0 in the SWAC and clinch the regular-season title with a win over Texas Southern (5:30 p.m., ESPNU).
- The MEAC race is getting exciting at the top. Bethune-Cookman sits one game behind Savannah State, but the two teams face off tonight (8 p.m.).
- Mercer lost its grasp on a share of first place in the Atlantic Sun by losing over the weekend, but the Bears can keep pace at North Florida tonight (7 p.m.).