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NCAA hoops championship matches

March Madness is almost here, but it's already maddening for bubble teams trying to get through this week's conference championship games. Many teams need to win to get invited to the Big Dance, check out our picks on a few of them today and good luck!

Big 12 odds - Baylor Bears -1 (17-13 5-11 Big 12) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-11 8-8 Big 12)

Online sportsbook Bovada opened Baylor as a 1-point favorite on their NCAA conference championship odds list today.

The Cornhuskers may need to win this game to get into the Big Dance, as if they lose in the first round in the Big 12 tournament and are below .500 in conference play they may be NIT bound. The Bears probably need to, at least, get to the Big 12 Title game to have any shot at the NCAA Tournament.


The Huskers are all about perimeter play, as their top eight scorers are guards and their leading scorer at the forward position is only averaging 1.9 ppg. Both Ade Dagunduro (12.7 ppg) and Steve Harley (10.1 ppg) have to shoot the ball well from outside tonight.

Baylor is in a tailspin, as they have lost 10 of their last 12 games. Their guards also lead the team in Curtis Jerrells (16.2 ppg) and LaceDarius Dunn (15.1 ppg). The Bears are weak on defense and they need to score a lot of points to beat the Huskers.

In the Bears last game of the season they lost to the Huskers 66-62 at home. Look for the Huskers to win this game with defense, as they will move into the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Big East odds - Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-13 8-10 Big East) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (21-10 10-8 Big East)

The Irish have won two games in a row, but they had a terrible 2nd half of the season including losing seven in a row. They may need to win this Big East second round tournament game to get off the bubble. The Mountaineers should get an invite, but a win tonight will help.

For the Irish forward Luke Harangody (23.1 ppg 12.1 rpg) will have to have a good scoring game and hit the glass hard.

For the Mountaineers Da'Sean Butler (17.1 ppg) has to put up some points and West Virginia’s front line will have to play solid defense on Harangody since they do not have a lot of size in their front court.

In their only meeting this season the Mountaineers beat the Irish in their house 79-68.

Look for the Irish to play a solid game, as they have regrouped at the end of the season and this is a do-or-die game for them. Notre Dame will win this game and improve their chances of getting to the Big Dance, while they will send West Virginia to the dreaded bubble.

Big East odds - Seton Hall Pirates (17-14 7-11 Big East) vs. No. 20 Syracuse Orangemen (23-8 11-7 Big East)

The Pirates have to win this game and maybe the Big East Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates have lost five of their last eight games, but they did win their last two games of the season.

Guard Jeremy Hazell (22.5 ppg) and forward Robert Mitchell (14.7 ppg) have to have great games in order to pull off the upset.

Syracuse has a legit team with great high-low play and they come into this game on a four game losing streak. Syracuse crushed Seton Hall at home 100-76 back in late December.

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The Orangemen have too many weapons for the Pirates to handle, as they should easily win this game and send the Pirates to the NIT.

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