College basketball's super Saturday
Welcome to the biggest day of the college basketball regular season. It's actually the biggest and busiest. The reason? No one wants to play during the Super Bowl so just about everybody schedules a game for the day before.
So we've got 154 games on the docket today including Ohio State-Wisconsin, Kansas-Missouri and Florida State-Virginia. And since we're a month away from Championship Week the bracketeering may begin. I've long had a disdain for pre-February bracketology, it's just simply too early in the season to try to figure out who's going to be seeded where. Here's a few things to remember as we gear up for madness:
The mid-majors will once again have some real influence on the selection process. Six non-power conference teams are ranked with eight more receiving votes in the coaches poll.
One of those ranked teams, Murray State, is the only unbeaten team left with seven games to play. By far the toughest test for the Racers will be against St. Mary's on February 18.
Speaking of which, if you're into the mid-majors, BracketBusters weekend is February 17-18.
Marquette faces only one ranked team for the remainder of the regular season and Big East teams usually get the benefit of an overseed in the tournament. A second place finish in the Big East should be enough to propel the Golden Eagles into a three seed.
With six straight wins and two shots at Ohio State coming up, Wisconsin can continue to strength the résumé. This is why early season bracketology is foolish. A month ago the Badgers looked like a 10 seed. Now they can focus on getting a five seed or better.
The Horizon League is up for grabs and should be a lot of fun to watch down the stretch. With the way the league sets up their tournament, the top two seeds get a double bye and the highest remaining seed gets to host the championship game. Thus, the added benefit of playing well in February. A crucial game coming up has conference leader Cleveland State traveling to Milwaukee on February 14.