So the bubble probably isn't that much of a concern to Xavier fans at this point, but I don't think we should let that ruin the best month of the year. Drama is still building in the run up to championship week. Here's the good stuff today for those of you still itching for a fix.
Marquette at Seton Hall, 6:30pm, FS1
The Fighting Myles Powells have a chance to add a resume win on their home floor tonight. Seton Hall is right on the cut line at this point; they really need to shore up their resume heading into the Big East tournament. This is a big opportunity for them.
LSU at Florida, 7pm, ESPN2
Florida didn't have a single bad loss until they split the bit against Georgia at home in their last time out. They're an analytics darling, but - at 17-12 - could use another win or two before the SEC tournament to tighten their grasp on a bid. This game at @UK are the last two on the schedule. Neither will be easy.
Providence at Creighton, 8pm, CBSSN
The Bluejays are one of my 10 favorite Big East teams, and they still have a reasonable chance at an at-large bid if they get hot. Losing this one would be the end of that and add them to the pile of teams in the league needing an auto bid to avoid the NIT. This is an elimination game for the fellas in Omaha.
Georgetown at DePaul, 8:30pm, FS1
If the Hoyas win this one and the final regular season game against Marquette, they can hit the BET on 20 wins and feeling good about themselves. Leaving one on the court at DePaul would be damaging but probably not killer. It would leave them with plenty of work to do with a tough road trip to finish the season.
Clemson at Notre Dame, 9pm, ESPNU
I saw a tweet the other day that Clemson is something like 1-13 in one-possession conference games over the last few years. This year alone, they're 0-4, with one-point losses at Louisville and Miami (FL) and two-point losses at NC State and home to UNC. Even splitting those puts Clemson comfortably in. Instead, they're 17-12 despite at top-30 KenPom ranking. They definitely deserve entry, but they need to get some results to make their resume match their tempo-free prowess.
Ohio State at Northwestern, 9pm, Big Ten Network
This is a real landmine of a game. Northwestern is better than its 12-17 record and OSU doesn't have a lot of wiggle room from where they are now. Tough road game before a potential headliner against Wisconsin this weekend? This one has all the markers of disaster for an Ohio State University.