Ohio State vs. Michigan
No. 4 ranked Michigan takes on No. 9 ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Michigan is 20-3 overall and finished with the top record in the conference at 14-3.
The Wolverines defeated Maryland in their first conference of the tournament, 79-66. Four players scored in double digits, led by Mike Smith who recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
— Michigan Men’s Basketball (@umichbball) March 12, 2021
Michigan is 20th in the nation in field goal percentage at 48.8% and 12th in three-point shooting at 38.6%. Hunter Dickinson leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Franz Wagner is second in rebounds (6.3) and third in points (12.9).
Ohio State is 20-8 and they went 12-8 in the regular season in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes had entered the conference tournament on a four-game losing streak, but have won both of their tournament matchups, beating Minnesota on Thursday, 79-75, and Purdue on Friday, 87-78.
The Buckeyes are 68th in field goal percentage (46.2%) and 67th in three-point shooting (36.1%). E.J. Liddell leads the team in scoring (16.0) and rebounding (6.5). Michigan won the last meeting between these teams, 92-87.
College Basketball Pick – Michigan by 7.
Tennessee vs. Alabama
No. 6 ranked Alabama takes on Tennessee in the semi-finals of the SEC tournament. Alabama is 22-6, finishing with the top record in the SEC at 16-2. Alabama opened the conference tournament by absolutely destroying Mississippi State, 85-48. Jahvon Quinerly led the team with 14 points and Jaden Shackelford added 13.
The Crimson Tide are shooting 43.1% from the field and 35.5% from three-point range, 95th overall. They are great on the boards, averaging 40.3 rebounds per game, 11th overall. Shackelford leads the team in scoring at 14.4 ppg. Herbert Jones is the leader in rebounds (6.1) and assists (3.1). John Petty, Jr. is second in scoring (12.8 ppg) and in rebounding (5.1 rpg).
Tennessee is 18-7, finishing 10-7 in the SEC. The Volunteers opened up the tournament with a 78-66 victory over Florida on Friday. Five different players scored in double digits, led by Santiago Vescovi with 14.
The Volunteers are shooting 44.3% from the field and 33.7% from three-point range. Jaden Springer leads the team in scoring at 12.4 ppg. Josiah-Jordan James is the leading rebounder at 6.1 per game.
Victor Bailey, Jr. is second in scoring at 11.4 ppg. John Fulkerson is listed as doubtful. Alabama won the last contest between these teams back on January 2, 71-63.
College Basketball Pick – Alabama by 8.
LSU vs. Arkansas
No. 8 ranked Arkansas takes on LSU in the semi-finals of the SEC tournament. Arkansas is 22-5, 13-4 in the SEC. The Razorbacks defeated Missouri on Friday, 70-64. JD Notae led Arkansas with 27 points and Justin Smith added 16 points and eight rebounds. The Razorbacks shot 45.5% from the field.
Arkansas is averaging 45.6% from the field, 94th in the country, and 34.4% from three-point range. They are 18th in rebounding at 40.0 per game. Moses Moody leads the team in scoring at 17.5 ppg and is second in rebounding at 5.7 per contest. Smith is third in scoring (12.5) and leads the team in rebounding (6.8).
Semis bound. pic.twitter.com/vUHDgJpFn9
— #8 Arkansas Razorback Basketball 🐗 (@RazorbackMBB) March 13, 2021
LSU is 17-8, 11-6 in the SEC. They defeated Mississippi on Friday, 76-73. The Tigers shot 44.6% from the field. Four players scored in double digits, led by Trendon Watford with 24. Darius Days recorded a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Tigers are 47th in the nation in field-goal percentage at 46.9% and are hitting 34.5% of three-point attempts. They are 53rd in rebounding at 38.1 per game. Cameron Thomas leads the team in scoring at 23.1 ppg. Watford is second in scoring (16.2) and rebounding (7.4).
College Basketball Pick – Arkansas by 6.
Iowa vs. Illinois
No. 6 ranked Iowa takes on No. 3 Illinois in the semi-finals of the Big Ten tournament. Iowa is 21-7, 14-6 in the Big Ten. Iowa defeated Wisconsin on Friday in their opening matchup of the conference tournament, 62-57.
Luka Garza finished with 24 points and nine rebounds and Jordan Bohanna added 11 points as the Hawkeyes earned the victory despite going two of 20 from three-point range.
Iowa is shooting 47.4% from the field, 40th in the nation, and 39.6% from three-point range, fourth overall. They are ninth in total rebounds at 40.4 per game. Garza is the leading scorer at 23.8 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounds at a .7 per contest.
Illinois is 21-6, 16-4 in the Big Ten. They crushed Rutgers on Friday, 90-68. Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points and Kofi Cockburn recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Fighting Illini shot 52.5% from the field and hit 21 of 31 free throws.
Illinois is seventh in the country in field-goal percentage at 50.0% and 21st in three-point shooting at 38.2%. They are 14th in rebounds at 14.2 per game. Dosunmu and Cockburn may be the best duo in the country. Dosunmu is averaging 20.9 ppg and 6.2 rpg. Cockburn is averaging 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
College Basketball Pick – Illinois by 3.
Memphis vs. Houston
No. 7 ranked Houston takes on Memphis in the semi-finals of the American Athletic Conference. Houston is 22-3, 14-3 in the AAC. They defeated Tulane on Friday, 77-52. DeJon Jarreau recorded the first triple-double of his career, scoring 15 points and adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Cougars shot 46.6% from the field, including 12 of 31 from three-point range (38.7%).
Houston is averaging 43.8% from the field and 35.6% from beyond the arc, 89th overall. They are fifth in rebounds per game at 41.3. Quentin Grimes is the leading scorer at 17.9 ppg and is second in rebounding at 6.2 per contest. Jarreau is averaging 10.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
(3) Memphis 70
(6) UCF 62
Cougars will face Tigers in #AmericanHoops Semifinals at 4:30 pm Saturday
— Houston Men’s Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@UHCougarMBK) March 13, 2021
Memphis is 16-7, 11-4 in the AAC. They defeated UCF on Friday, 70-62. The Tigers only shot 39.3% from the field, but hit 16 of 21 free throws. Lester Quinones had a monster evening on the glass, grabbing 15 rebounds. D.J. Jeffries had 17 points to lead the team.
Memphis is averaging 44.1% from the field and 35.5% from three-point range, 95th overall. They are 14th in rebounding at 40.2 per game. Landers Nolley leads the team in scoring at 13.1 ppg.
College Basketball Pick – Houston by 4.
Oklahoma State vs. Texas
No. 12 ranked Oklahoma State takes on No. 13 ranked Texas in the semi-finals of the Big 12 tournament. Oklahoma State is 19-7, 11-7 in the Big 12. The Cowboys pulled off the upset of the conference tournaments, defeating No. 2 ranked Baylor on Friday, 83-74.
Cade Cunningham scored 25 points and added eight rebounds and five assists. Avery Anderson added 20 points. The Cowboys shot 47.5% from the field and hit 21 of 26 free-throws (80.8%).
Oklahoma State is shooting 46.5% from the field, 55th in the country, and 33.7% from three-point range. They have been great on the glass, averaging 38.9 rebounds per game, 32nd. Cunningham is averaging 19.7 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Avery Anderson is the only player averaging in double digits at 11.1 per game.
Texas is 18-7, 11-6 in the Big 12. The Longhorns defeated Texas Tech in their first round matchup but their contest against Kansas on Friday was cancelled by the Jayhawks, allowing them to advance.
Texas is shooting 45.2% from the field and 35.5% from three-point range. They are 40th in the country in rebounds per game at 38.6. Andrew Jones leads the team in scoring at 14.9 ppg. Courtney Ramey is second at 13.6 points per contest.
College Basketball Pick – Oklahoma State by 4.
Georgetown vs. Creighton
No. 17 ranked Creighton takes on Georgetown in the finals of the Big East tournament. Creighton is 20-7 overall, 14-6 in the Big East. They defeated Butler on Thursday, 87-56 to open the tournament, then defeated Connecticut on Friday, 59-56.
Creighton is one of the best shooting teams in the country. They are hitting on 48.7% of their shots from the field, 21st overall, and 37.4% of their three-point attempts, 39th in the nation. Marcus Zegarowski is the leading scorer at 15.4 ppg and is first in assists at 4.4 per contest. Denzel Mahoney is second in scoring at 13.5 points per game.
What a win! pic.twitter.com/6UYiJwU7EZ
— Creighton Men’s Basketball (@BluejayMBB) March 13, 2021
Georgetown is 12-12, 7-9 in the Big East. They have earned three victories already in the Big East tournament. The Hoyas defeated Marquette on Wednesday, 68-49 before defeating top rank Villanova on Thursday, 72-71. Georgetown defeated Seton Hall on Friday, 66-58.
Georgetown is shooting 42.2% from the field and 36.2% from three-point range, 65th overall. They are averaging 40.1 rebounds per contest, 17th in the nation. Jahvon Blair is averaging 15.9 points per game to lead Georgetown. Jamorko Pickett is averaging 12.7 points and 7.6 boards per contest. Qudus Wahab is the leading rebounder at 8.0 per game.
College Basketball Pick – Georgetown by 2.
Georgia Tech vs. Florida State
No. 15 ranked Florida State takes on Georgia Tech in the finals of the ACC tournament. Florida State is 16-5 overall, 11-4 in the ACC. They finished first during the regular season. The Seminoles contest against Duke on Thursday was canceled. They defeated North Carolina on Friday, 69-66.
Florida State is shooting 47.2% from the field, 44th overall, and they are hitting on 38.5% of their three-point attempts, 13th in the nation. The Seminoles are 79th in rebounding at 37.4 per game. M.J. Walker leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game and is second in assists at 2.5 per contest. RaiQuan Gray is having a monster season at 12.4 points, 2.4 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per game.
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) March 13, 2021
Georgia Tech is 16-8 overall, 11-6 in the ACC. They defeated Miami on Thursday, 70-66. Their contest against Virginia on Friday was canceled.
Georgia Tech is an outstanding shooting team, hitting on 47.6% of their field-goal attempts, 34th in the nation. They are hitting on 35.5% of shots from behind the arc, 95th in the country. Rebounding has been an issue, however, as they are averaging 31.1 per game, 17th worst in the nation. Moses Wright leads the team in points per game (18.0) and rebounding (8.1).
College Basketball Pick – Florida State by 3.
Oregon State vs. Colorado
No. 23 ranked Colorado battles against Oregon State in the finals of the Pac-12 tournament. Colorado is 22-7 overall, 14-6 in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes defeated California on Thursday, 61-58 before defeating USC on Friday, 72-70.
Colorado is a very good shooting team, hitting 45.5% of their field-goal attempts, 97th in the nation. They are 61st in three-point attempts at 36.3%. The Buffaloes are led by McKinley Wright at 15.3 ppg and 5.7 assists per contest. Jeriah Horne is second in scoring (11.5) and leads the team in rebounding (6.0). Evan Battey is third in scoring (9.9) and second in rebounding (5.3).
Oregon State is hitting 43.1% of their field-goal attempts and 34.5% of three-point attempts. Ethan Thompson is the leading scorer at 15.5 ppg and leads the team in assists at 3.9 per game. Jarod Lucas is second in scoring at 12.8 per game. Warith Alatishe is third in scoring (9.4) and first in rebounding (8.4).
College Basketball Pick – Colorado by 1.
Utah State vs. San Diego State
No. 19 ranked San Diego State takes on Utah State in the finals of the Mountain West Conference tournament. San Diego State is 22-4 overall, 14-3 in the MWC. They finished first in the conference during the regular season. The Aztecs defeated Wyoming on Thursday, 69-66, before defeating Nevada on Friday, 77-70.
San Diego State is hitting on 45.5% of their field-goal attempts, 97th in the country, and are shooting 37.9% from behind the arc, 28th overall. Matt Mitchell leads the team in scoring at 15.4 ppg and is second in rebounding at 5.5 per contest. Nathan Mensah is third in scoring (8.8) and first in rebounding (6.5).
— San Diego State Men’s Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) March 13, 2021
Utah State is 20-7 overall, 15-4 in the MWC. The Aggies defeated UNLV on Thursday, 74-53, then knocked off Colorado State on Friday, 62-50.
Utah State is shooting 45.2% from the field and 34.2% from three-point range. They are seventh in the country in rebounds per game at 40.7. Neemias Queta is the leading scorer at 14.7 points per game and the leading rebounder at 9.9 boards per contest.
College Basketball Pick – San Diego State by 5.
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