Even with the loss to BYU on Saturday, Gonzaga still holds the number one spot and yes, they are legit. Haters gonna hate, but every great team has to have a bad game. With the conference tourneys coming up, here is your guide to the Davids of the college hoops world…
Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 WCC)
Although the home loss to BYU on Saturday forced the ‘Zags out of their #1 spot in the AP Poll, they still take the top spot in our rankings and should be a number one seed for the NCAA Tournament.
St. Mary’s (26-3, 16-2 WCC)
The Gaels closed out the regular season with an easy victory over Santa Clara. This team of international studs have the talent to be a dangerous team come tournament time.
Wichita State (27-4, 17-1 MVC)
If you like fundamentally sound, hard nosed basketball, you gotta watch the Shockers play. This team is so fun to watch and should earn an at-large bid even if they lose in the MVC tournament.
Illinois State (25-5, 17-1 MVC)
College hoops “fans” who only watch the NCAA Tournament have asked me multiple times this week “Wait, what? Illinois State has a good basketball team?” Well, they do have a really good basketball team. I’m hoping the Redbirds sneak into the Big Dance even if they don’t win the MVC tournament.
Dayton (23-5, 14-2 A-10)
This year has been business as usual for the Flyers. They are guaranteed to finish in the top 2 of the Atlantic 10. A win tonight against VCU will lock up the regular season title for UD.
VCU (23-6, 13-3 A-10)
The Rams are a solid team, but have shown inconsistency at time with some bad losses. However, they do sit at the top of the Atlantic 10 and have a chance to put together a nice run in the NCAA Tournament.
Middle Tennessee (25-4, 15-1 C-USA)
The Blue Raiders are an athletic squad that can pose problems for any team. MTSU is also a very good ball sharing team. 3 starters average more than 15 points per game. Middle Tennessee finishes up the regular season with games against Florida International and Florida Atlantic this week.
Monmouth (26-5, 18-2 MAAC)
Justin Robinson is an absolute stud. He reminds me of Nate Robinson; short, quick, and creative. Robinson will put the Hawks on his back and carry them through the postseason. Expect big games out of him.
Just Missed the Cut: Vermont, Princeton, Akron, Nevada, Belmont
Players of the Week:
Ray Lee, Eastern Michigan
Lee dropped 50 points in a 109-81 victory over Central Michigan. Yes, it was against Marcus Keene.
Eric Mika, BYU
My FAVORITE player in college basketball my friends. Mika looks exactly like Drago from Rocky IV and plays like him too. The sophomore had 29 points and dominated in the win over Gonzaga.
Games to Watch:
Friday, March 3rd
Harvard @ Princeton (5:00 PM ET; ESPNU)
Akron @ Kent State (9:00 PM ET; ESPN2)
Saturday, March 4th
San Diego State @ New Mexico (10:00 PM ET; CBSSN)