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Pregame Shootaround: Four automatic bids are on the line tonight

Tyler Haws, Gary Bell Jr.

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WCC final: No. 7 Gonzaga vs. BYU, 9:00 p.m.

The Bulldogs and the Cougars square off in a rematch of the game that got BYU back into the NCAA tournament conversation, when Dave Rose’s club went into Spokane and knocked off the Zags. BYU is as hot as any team in the country, and they should give the Zags a fight in Las Vegas tonight.

Summit League final: North Dakota State vs. South Dakota State, 7:00 p.m.

SDSU dispatched South Dakota on Monday night, setting up a matchup between the top two teams in the conference for the right to get the league’s automatic bid. North Dakota State has the league’s best player in Lawrence Alexander, but SDSU’s big man Cody Larson is the best front court player in the league.

Horizon League final: Green Bay vs. Valparaiso, 9:00 p.m.

Keifer Sykes is the star for the Phoenix, one of the best mid-major players in the country. But Valpo was the Horizon League champion, which, again, gives us the top two teams in the conference playing for the right to get to the NCAA tournament.

NEC final: St. Francis (NY) vs. Robert Morris, 7:00 p.m.

St. Francis is one of just five programs around since the NCAA tournament’s inception that has yet to play in the event. Beat Robert Morris tonight and that chances.

ACC Tournament first round

  • Georgia Tech vs. Boston College, 1:00 p.m.
  • Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.