Illinois and Arkansas soar, four tournament tickets punched, conference tournament week
One week out from Selection Sunday, Jack welcomes James Ivkovic back to the podcast for a lively discussion recapping the latest news, stories and scores from the world of college basketball.
Including: a look at the four teams that have already punched their tickets to the Big Dance, Morehead State, who beat Belmont on Saturday — can Belmont get an at-large bid? (0:00 - 10:10). Loyola Chicago, who beat Drake on Sunday — will Drake get an at-large bid? (10:10 - 12:55). The Liberty Flames, the second most winningest D1 program over the last three years (12:55 - 15:20), the Winthrop Eagles, upcoming mid-major championship games and how COVID eliminated a team from the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (15:20 - 22:00). The rapid ascension of Illinois, who without their best player, shockingly whooped Michigan in Ann Arbor on Tuesday. Illinois is now on the cusp of claiming a no. 1 seed in the Tournament (22:00 - 31:20), Michigan loses two in a row, Ohio State drops four straight and Wisconsin has now lost 5 of 6; is there cause for concern? (31:20 - 36:45). Michigan State added a signature win to their resume on Sunday, is it enough to propel them to the tourney? Could Izzo's boys heat up? (36:45 - 39:05). Purdue beats Indiana for the 9th straight time (39:05 - 40:30). Trouble for the class of the Big East: Creighton loses coach Greg McDermott for an indefinite amount of time as Villanova loses point guard Collin Gillispie for the season (39:05 - 47:40). Alabama moves to 16-2 in SEC play, as Arkansas wins its 11th straight SEC game. Bama or Arkansas? Jack and James discuss Eric Musselman's Arkansas Razorbacks, one of the sport's most underrated, overlooked and best stories of the 2020-21 season (47:40 - 1:00:30). Tramon Monk hits a thrilling buzzer-beater for Houston to bury Memphis and put the Tigers in a tough spot entering the conference tournament, as Wichita State wins the the regular season American Athletic Conference title (1:00:30 - 1:02:50). Baylor wins the Big 12 for the first time ever, Oklahoma State wins 6 of 7 (1:02:50 - 1:06:10), Florida State upset by Notre Dame, Virginia picks up another ACC title (1:06:10 - 1:09:50), USC hits a game-winner to beat UCLA (1:09:50 - 1:12:15), and what to watch for during conference tournament week (1:12:15 - END).
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