Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: Six ranked teams in action
GAME OF THE DAY: Stanford vs. No. 3 Arizona, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Following two overtime games -- one loss, one win -- Arizona has won back-to-back games by an average of 27.5 points. The Wildcats offense is rolling, and coupled with its team defense, that spells trouble for in-coming Stanford on Sunday evening. The Cardinal is looking to clinch an NCAA tournament berth for the first time in Johnny Dawkins’ tenure. That is looking good at the moment, but Stanford can put itself over the top with a win in Tuscon today.
WHO’S GETTING UPSET?: No. 14 Wisconsin at Penn State, noon (Big Ten Network)
The Nittany Lions have pulled off some upsets this season, mainly a pair of Big Ten victories over Ohio State. Penn State’s back court could cause some problems for the Badgers defense. After a disastrous month of January (which spilled into the first day of February) Wisconsin has pulled off six straight wins, three of which were against ranked opponents.
MID-MAJOR GAME OF THE DAY: Canisius vs. Manhattan, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Iona has won the MAAC regular season title. Currently there is a three-way tie for second place, two of which will go head-to-head as Manhattan hosts Canisius two days after the Jaspers beat Iona in Draddy Gymnasium.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
1) Despite being at the bottom of the Atlantic 10, George Mason has previously defeated UMass on the road. The Patriots head to D.C. to take on George Washington. This game can be seen on the NBC Sports Network at 1:30 p.m.
2) The Lobos are winners of four in a row, including one over San Diego State. New Mexico heads to Nevada to face the Wolf Pack and its star guard Deonte Burton
3) Ohio State has been swept by Penn State this season following Thursday’s loss in State College. The Buckeyes complete a two-game road trip on Sunday at Indiana before finishing the regular season in Columbus against Michigan State next Sunday.
4) Conference-USA can get a whole lot more interesting after Sunday. Southern Miss, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech are all tied for second in the conference. If all three win, there is a four-way tie atop the standings with Middle Tennessee.
5) DePaul vs. St. John’s play at noon on CBS Sports Network. Johnnies need a lot of work to do to earn an NCAA tournament bid after losing to Villanova and Xavier in back-to-back games.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25:
- Marquette vs. No. 8 Villanova, 2 p.m. (CBS)
- Purdue vs. No. 20 Iowa, 2:10 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
- Maryland vs. Clemson, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
- Quinnipiac vs. Marist, 2 p.m.
- Albany vs. Stony Brook, 2 p.m.
- Vermont vs. Binghamton, 2 p.m.
- UTEP vs. North Texas, 3 p.m.
- Rider vs. Iona, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
- Georgia Tech vs. Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
- Oregon State vs. UCLA, 9 .m. (Fox Sports 1)