College Basketball Outlook
College basketball rolls into the final week of the regular season, and for some, the beginning of conference tournament madness.
ESPN's second game Monday night takes place in the Big 12, where Texas hosts Oklahoma. The Longhorns are favored by 14 points, with a total of 147.
Conference tournament time begins Tuesday night in the Big South, the Horizon, and the Ohio Valley. In the Big South top-seeded Coastal Carolina, which was expected to finish somewhere in the middle of the conference but instead went 15-3 to lead it, hosts eight seed VMI; second-seeded Radford hosts seven seed Charleston Southern; fourth-seeded NC-Asheville hosts five seed High Point; and three seed Winthrop hosts six seed Liberty.
In opening-round Horizon League action Tuesday, fifth-seeded Cleveland State hosts eighth-seeded Loyola-Chicago; four seed UW-Milwaukee hosts nine seed UI-Chicago; seventh-seeded Detroit visits sixth-seeded Valparaiso; and 10th-seeded Youngstown State visits third-seeded UW-Green Bay.
And in the OVC tournament Tuesday, top-seeded Murray State hosts eighth-seeded Tennessee State; fifth-seeded Eastern Kentucky visits four seed Eastern Illinois; three seed Austin Peay hosts sixth-seeded Tennessee Tech; and two seed Morehead State hosts seventh-seeded Jacksonville State.
Of course, others still have unfinished business to attend to Tuesday before their conference tournaments. Seventh-ranked Villanova, fresh off getting its butt kicked at Syracuse on Saturday night, visits Cincinnati; Minnesota, still with an outside chance of a Big Dance berth, visits Michigan; 16th-ranked Vanderbilt visits Florida in a battle of tournament probables in the SEC; Marshall hosts UTEP in a good C-USA matchup; Georgia Tech visits Clemson in a bout between tournament hopefuls in the ACC; ninth-ranked Ohio State hosts Big Dance hopeful Illinois; and Marquette, which appears to have played its way into the NCAA tournament with eight wins in its last nine games, hosts Louisville.