The Pi-Rate Ratings

January 29, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 29, 2020

Wednesday’s Games

 

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Arkansas

South Carolina

10.2

Army

Bucknell

0.2

Boise St.

San Jose St.

16.8

Boston College

Louisville

-12.0

Boston University

Loyola (MD)

9.4

Bradley

Valparaiso

7.6

Central Arkansas

Southeast Louisiana

5.5

Central Florida

Memphis

-3.1

Citadel

Wofford

-7.1

Colgate

Lafayette

8.0

Colorado St.

Nevada

1.5

Connecticut

Temple

4.4

Duquesne

Dayton

-9.0

East Carolina

Houston

-13.7

East Tennessee St.

Mercer

16.0

Fordham

St. Bonaventure

-5.3

Furman

VMI

17.3

George Washington

Davidson

-5.5

Hartford

Binghamton

7.8

Houston Baptist

Incarnate Word

5.7

Illinois St.

Evansville

5.8

Indiana St.

Drake

4.4

Iowa St.

Baylor

-4.9

Kansas St.

Oklahoma

-0.6

Kentucky

Vanderbilt

17.5

La Salle

Saint Louis

-3.0

LSU

Alabama

4.3

Massachusetts

Saint Joseph’s

6.4

McNeese St.

Nicholls St.

0.6

Michigan St.

Northwestern

18.3

Navy

Holy Cross

12.2

New Hampshire

Vermont

-10.7

New Mexico

San Diego St.

-8.3

New Orleans

Northwestern St.

4.2

Northern Iowa

Missouri St.

10.6

Notre Dame

Wake Forest

8.1

Oral Roberts

South Dakota St.

3.6

Penn St.

Indiana

5.0

Saint Peter’s

Monmouth

1.5

Sam Houston St.

Texas A&M-CC

10.2

Samford

Chattanooga

-4.1

Seton Hall

DePaul

12.3

Southern Illinois

Loyola (Chi)

-3.3

Stephen F. Austin

Abilene Christian

8.4

TCU

Texas

4.1

Texas Tech

West Virginia

-1.4

Tulane

South Florida

0.4

UMass Lowell

Stony Brook

-5.7

UMBC

Albany

-0.7

Utah Valley

California Baptist

-2.0

Washington St.

Arizona St.

-2.0

Western Carolina

UNC Greensboro

-4.0

Xavier

Marquette

-0.4

 

Important TV Games on Wednesday

You will need multiple monitors tonight if you want to see all the important basketball games.  Besides multiple key games that will help decide seeding in the “one-bid” conferences, there are some big-time power conference games that will determine who stays in the good graces of the NCAA Selection Committee and who has to blow bubbles.

 

DePaul has fallen to last place in the Big East, and the Blue Demons are out of the field for now.  They could get in position to get in position for the Bubble with a road win against Big East leader Seton Hall.  The Hall is merely playing for a chance to move up to the #1 Seed line if a couple teams above the Pirates lose.

 

Duquesne is two games out of first in the Atlantic 10, and the A-10 is not yet a definite two-bid league, unless somebody upsets Dayton in the conference tournament.  So, seeding for the conference tournament is vital.  The Dukes host the Flyers tonight in the  City of Bridges.  If Dayton keeps winning, the Flyers could move up to a #2 Seed.

 

The Game of the Night in the South is the LSU-Alabama contest in Baton Rouge.  The Tigers are riding an 8-game winning streak that includes four road wins.  Alabama comes to town riding a 4-game winning streak, and the Tide are one big win away from crashing into the next Bracketology list.  ‘Bama first-year coach Nate Oats is one of three hot new leaders (along with Buzz Williams at Texas A&M and Eric Musselman of Arkansas) of SEC schools.  Expect a lot of possessions.

 

New Hampshire hosts Vermont in a key America East game between neighborly rivals.  Vermont leads three A-East rivals by one game with UNH two games back.  In a league where the higher seed hosts every conference tournament game, and with Vermont having an incredible home court advantage, upsetting the Catamounts when they play on the road is the only way to bring them back to the pack and possibly make them have to play a championship game on the road.

 

In the SoCon tonight, the Western Carolina-UNC Greensboro winner could find themselves in second place before the night is over.  Both teams are strong enough to challenge league leader East Tennessee State.   If ETSU continues to dominate the regular season and then gets upset in the SoCon Championship Game, this could become a two-bid league.

 

The Big 12 game of the night finds two potential Elite 8 teams playing in Lubbock as last year’s national runner-up Texas Tech hosts West Virginia.  If Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers win this road game tonight, they are just a Gonzaga or San Diego State loss away from moving to the top seed line.

 

Also in the Big 12, TCU hosts Texas, where the loser of this game falls well back in the pack in at-large tournament consideration, while the winner will most likely move up to one of the last teams out or possibly a 12-seed in a play-in game in Dayton.

 

In The Big Ten, Penn State has been quite a surprise this year, while Indiana has been on the cusp of breaking out and returning to power, but keeps stubbing its toe by blowing second half leads.  The winner of this game will be above .500 in the league, and in this year’s Big Ten, any team finishing at .500 or better in conference play is going dancing in March.

 

We have the Big East as the third toughest conference in the land this week.  It figures that half of the league will get NCAA Tournament Bids.  Xavier is 2-5 in the league hosting a Marquette team that is 4-4 in the league.  The teams are fighting it out tonight with 5th and 6th place in the balance.

 

Arkansas hosts a hot South Carolina team tonight in Fayetteville.  The Gamecocks have an interesting resume, but it isn’t NCAA Tournament worthy–yet.  USC owns road wins against Clemson and Virginia as well as a home win over Kentucky, but they also lost to Boston U and Stetson.  Meanwhile Musselman has Arkansas in line for a top 8 NCAA seed, and he is the co-favorite along with A&M’s Williams for SEC Coach of the Year.

 

Six years ago, Stephen F. Austin beat Virginia Commonwealth in the NCAA Tournament before falling to UCLA in the Round of 32.  Then coach Brad Underwood became a hot commodity, where he moved on to the big time.  He’s doing a great job at Illinois.  Current head coach Kyle Keller has been an assistant to Eddie Sutton, Bill Self, and Billy Kennedy, and he could be the next hot commodity coming out of Nacogdoches.  His Lumberjacks faces one of their toughest conference contests tonight when SFA hosts Abilene Christian.  Coach Joe Goldings’ Wildcats bring the toughest defense in the league to face SFA’s outstanding perimeter offense.

 

Out West in the Mountain West, San Diego State has two somewhat difficult games remaining on their schedule in their attempt to be the first team to arrive at the NCAA with a perfect unbeaten record since Wichita State in 2014.  One of those tough games comes tonight when the Aztecs play at the Pit in Albuquerque against New Mexico.  SDSU Coach Brian Dutcher should be the leading candidate for National Coach of the Year, after he scored the best “free agent” trio at the end of last year.  Dutcher was able to attract Malachi Flynn from Washington State, Yanni Wetzell from Vanderbilt, and K.J. Feagin from Santa Clara, all who start for the Aztecs.  Flynn and Wetzell figure to end up on the All-MWC team.  

 

 

Time (EST)

Network

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6:30 PM

FS1

Seton Hall

DePaul

7:00 PM

CBSSN

Duquesne

Dayton

7:00 PM

ESPN2

LSU

Alabama

7:00 PM

ESPN+

New Hampshire

Vermont

7:00 PM

ESPN+

Western Carolina

UNC Greensboro

8:00 PM

ESPN+

Texas Tech

West Virginia

8:00 PM

ESPN+

TCU

Texas

8:30 PM

BigTen

Penn St.

Indiana

8:30 PM

FS1

Xavier

Marquette

8:30 PM

SECN

Arkansas

South Carolina

8:30 PM

ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin

Abilene Christian

9:00 PM

CBSSN

New Mexico

San Diego St.

 

 

 

 

 

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