Bracket Bits: Resume games this week
After another busy weekend of college hoops, here’s a quick peek at the upcoming week’s (Monday – Thursday) notable “resume” games …
Oklahoma vs. Villanova – Pearl Harbor, Honolulu | Both teams are in line for a high seed come March. The winner will have an extra notch on its seed line belt.
West Virginia vs. Virginia – Jimmy V Classic, New York | This is the type of non-conference victory that pays dividends. As for Virginia, the Cavaliers would love to ease an early loss at Geo Washington by stamping a marquee win on its pre-ACC resume.
Maryland vs. Connecticut – Jimmy V Classic, New York | After dropping close games to Syracuse and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis, a win here would put some beef on the Huskies’ non-league slate.
Florida at Miami | The Gators have been an early surprise. After this one, they head to Michigan State, a tough back-to-back. The Hurricanes have been solid, save for the home loss to Northeastern.
Evansville at Arkansas | Although not in the “huge” win category, a road win over an SEC team would still help the Aces’ at-large case on Selection Sunday.
Michigan at SMU | The host Mustangs may not be in line for an NCAA bid (sanctions), but the Wolverines figure to be.
Fresno State at Arizona | Opportunity is knocking for the Bulldogs.
UNLV at Wichita State | Been a tough start for the Shockers. Regardless of that fact, this would be a solid road win for the Rebels after beating Oregon in Vegas.
Dayton at Vanderbilt | The last time the Flyers played a ranked team (Xavier), they took a beating. Vanderbilt is arguably the second best SEC team – at least in perception.
Iowa at Iowa State | The Cyclones are a potential top three seed. The Hawkeyes’ best two NC wins so far are Marquette and Florida State. This would definitely be a step up.