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Pregame Shootaround: Notre Dame-Louisville highlights a huge night on the bubble

Jerian Grant,Rasheed Sulaimon

Jerian Grant (AP Photo)


Game of the Night: No. 12 Notre Dame at No. 16 Louisville, 7:00 p.m.

The biggest game of the night will pit two of the ACC’s top four teams, as Louisville -- sans Chris Jones -- will host a Notre Dame team coming off of a loss to Syracuse. The Cardinals are 2-0 since Chris Jones was kicked off the team, and in their win at Florida State over the weekend, they played about as well as they have all season long. Will that continue tonight, in a game that is critical for their NCAA tournament seeding? As far as the Irish are concerned, we know what they are: Jerian Grant, a slew of sharp-shooters and a group that is not great on the defensive end. Can they get back on the right track tonight? They’re 4-3 overall -- with zero wins over NCAA tournament teams -- since beating Duke in South Bend on Jan. 28th.

Five Things to Watch For

1. No. 24 Providence at Seton Hall, 7:00 p.m.: The Friars got smoked by Villanova last week. They’ll be looking to get back on the right track as we head into the postseason.

2. No. 23 Ohio State at Penn State, 7:00 p.m.: D’Angelo Russell takes his talents into College Station as the Nittany Lions try to pick up an upset of the Buckeyes.

3. Wake Forest at No. 3 Duke, 8:00 p.m.: Duke always seems to have trouble with the Demon Deacons, and with this being Senior Night -- and with a rematch with Carolina looming this weekend -- I can seem them coming out slowly.

4. Purdue at Michigan State, 8:00 p.m.: The night’s biggest bubble game. Purdue is right there on the cut-line, and while the Spartans have some room to maneuver, they can’t afford to take too many more losses.

5. Conference tournaments in actions:

Bubble Games

  • Tennessee at LSU, 7:00 p.m.
  • Miami at Pitt, 8:00 p.m.
  • Purdue at Michigan State, 8:00 p.m.
  • Cincinnati at Tulsa, 9:00 p.m.
  • TCU at Oklahoma State, 9:00 p.m.
  • USC at UCLA, 9:00 p.m.
  • Colorado State at Nevada, 10:00 p.m.
  • Nebraska at Illinois, 10:00 p.m.
  • Boise State at San Jose State, 10:15 p.m.
  • Oregon at Oregon State, 11:00 p.m.