Pitt @ West Virginia
Not much of a need to hype this one – it’s the hardwood version of the Backyard Brawl in Morgantown. Pitt has been slipping of late after their torrid conference start, but West Virginia hasn’t exactly been blowing teams out of the WVU Coliseum.
Expect a slugfest all over the court. A couple key stats to watch 1) WVU’s offensive rebounding, they are #3 in KenPom’s ratings there, which will be crucial because is very strong in effective FG % defense 2) WVU’s turnovers, Pitt is one of the worst teams in the nation at forcing turnovers defensively.
West Virginia: 70
South Florida @ Georgetown
South Florida rides into the District with a stunning 3 game winning streak. Considering the Bulls had never won consecutive games in the Big East, this is a huge deal. Georgetown needs to be on upset alert after Saturday’s big win over Duke in front of the Commander in Chief.
Can Georgetown stop Dominique Jones? He’s averaged 37 points in their 3 game winning streak? Can USF stop Austin Freeman? He’s shot over 50% from the field in all Big East game except one. Another interesting matchup will be 6’11” Jarrid Famous against Greg Monroe. USF will stick around for a while, but tired USF legs will lead to some discipline breakdowns on defense and easy Hoya layups.
Georgetown – 78
USF - 69
DePaul @ Marquette
DePaul @ Marquette
Can Marquette exact revenge on DePaul after their embarrassing upset loss to the Blue Demons on January 20th? DePaul has been playing harder, particularly on defense since Tracy Webster replaced Jerry Wainright as head coach.
DePaul’s length and athleticism gave Marquette fits in their last matchup. DePaul engaged MU’s guards the second they crossed the half court line, which slowed down MU’s offense considerably. Offensively, DePaul struggles to score and basically takes the air out of the ball to give themselves the best chance to win. One concern for MU fans has to be Mac Koshwal, DePaul’s inside force. He was hurt for the last game and could have a huge game against MU’s non-existant front line.