SportsBIT Thursday: Big-Name Schools Take The Floor
Kansas On Upset Alert?
Top-ranked Kansas takes the floor in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City for the first time as the Jayhawks face NCAA Tournament bubble team TCU. KU will be without its most talented all-around player in freshman Josh Jackson, a lock Top-5 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was suspended one game for an off-court incident. The Jayhawks already are a thin bunch. The Frogs played KU tough in both regular-season meetings when Jackson was available.
Duke’s Allen Not Healthy
Matchup of Hall of Fame coaches in the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn as No. 14 Duke faces No. 10 Louisville. The Blue Devils’ controversial star, Grayson Allen, clearly is not healthy from an ankle injury. He played just 12 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Clemson and missed all four shots. While Mike Krzyzewski’s side is thin on bodies, Rick Pitino’s Cardinals go 10 deep. Teddy & Pauly like Louisville as one of the plays of the day to get the Cardinals their first-ever ACC Tournament win.
Quick Rematch In Pac-12
California is a bubble team in the Pac-12, but a win Thursday over Utah could be enough to get the Bears an at-large NCAA bid. Cal opened the Pac-12 Tournament with a less-than-impressive 67-62 win over a terrible Oregon State team. Now the Bears face a Utes squad that Cal lost to in Salt Lake City 74-44 just seven days ago. Sometimes a blowout win can work against a team when a rematch is scheduled so quickly. Can Utes coach Larry Krystowiak possibly get his team back to that level of emotion?
No One Likes Pushes
In the Mountain West Tournament on Wednesday, San Diego State closed as a 10-point favorite over UNLV. The Aztecs led 50-46 with 3:37 remaining in regulation and did not score again. They started OT on a 12-0 run, but the Rebels scored on an uncontested layup late to make the game a push at 62-52. The teams combined to shoot just 31.3 percent. The Rebels missed 3 of 4 field goals and committed four turnovers in overtime. Ugly basketball all around.