While the first three weeks of February have brought forth blowouts in many conference races, including Monmouth clinching the MAAC regular season title, we are getting a couple of great battles on each coast.
On the east coast, the SoCon has turned into one of the tightest races in all of college basketball. With the conference tournament right around the corner, there are still four teams with a legitimate shot to enter as the #1 seed. Leader Furman (13-2), East Tennessee State (11-3), Chattanooga (10-4), and UNC Greensboro (10-4) are all within two games of one another and all have at least 19 wins on the season.
Furman is a bit of a surprise this season, proving time and time again that they are not a fluke. Even with their run to the top of the SoCon, I still feel like either ETSU or Chattanooga will win the automatic bid. Many times, the team with the most talented overall player ends up winning it all so take the Mocs and NBA prospect Justin Touyo.
On the west coast, we are all watching the Mountain West race to March. At one time, it looked like Boise State’s conference to lose. Then, Nevada took control and looked like the odds on favorite. Now, Colorado State is sitting by 0.5 games heading into the home stretch. Many would assume that the MWC regular season winner would come from one of the three programs.
Not so fast, my friend.
Despite struggling for a majority of the season, New Mexico and San Diego State are sitting one and two games behind in the loss column. The Lobos seem to be the team with that could make a run and steal the #1 seed with visits from Colorado State and San Diego State, but they may be kicking themselves from a brutal 78-68 loss to San Jose State earlier in the month.
As a non-betting man, I would pick Boise State to get the top seed and Colorado State to win the conference tournament. Let it be known that I officially put the kiss of death on the Rams.
Eight Games To Notice This Weekend:
- Army at Navy (12:30 PM CST, CBSSN)
- Liberty at Winthrop (10:00 PM CST)
- UT Arlington at Georgia State (1:15 PM CST, ESPN3)
- East Tennessee State at Chattanooga (4:00 PM CST, ESPN3)
- UC Davis at Cal State Fullerton (9:30 PM CST)
- North Dakota at Weber State (8:00 PM CST)
- UNC Greensboro at Furman (3:00 PM CST, ESPN3)
- Bucknell at Boston University (11:00 AM CST Sunday)
Points per game:
- Marcus Keene, CMU: 29.8 ppg.
- Dallas Moore, North Florida: 24.1 ppg.
- Mike Daum, South Dakota State: 23.9 ppg.
- Cameron Morse, Youngstown State: 23.5 ppg.
- Chris Clemons, Campbell: 23.4 ppg.
Rebounds per game:
- Steve Taylor Jr., Toledo: 12.1 rpg.
- Rokas Gustys, Hofstra: 12.0 rpg.
- Bryce Washington, Louisiana: 11.5 rpg.
- James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan: 11.0 rpg.
- Aubrey Williams, Kennesaw State: 10.8 rpg
- Emmanuel Omogbo, Colorado State: 10.8 rpg.
Assists per game:
- Austin Luke, Belmont: 7.3 apg.
- Jaaron Simmons, Ohio: 6.9 apg.
- Erick Neal, UT Arlington: 6.8 apg.
- Eric Garcia, Wofford: 6.6 apg.
- Tra-Deon Hollins, Omaha: 6.6 apg.
- Bryce Washington, Louisiana: 19
- Steve Taylor Jr., Toledo: 18
- Aubrey Williams, Kennesaw State: 17
- Alec Peters, Valparaiso: 16
- Emmanuel Omogbo, Colorado State: 15
- Jimmy Hall, Kent State: 15
- Tim Kempton, Lehigh: 15
Field Goal Percentage:
- Davontae Cacok, UNCW: 78.9%
- Aundre Jackson, Loyola Chicago: 68.1%
- Javier Martinez, UT Martin: 66.0%
- Jacob Wiley, Eastern Washington: 64.4%
- John Konchar, Fort Wayne: 64.1%
Three-point Field Goal Percentage:
- Nick Masterson, Kennesaw State: 53.0%
- Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas: 49.5%
- Quinton Hooker, North Dakota: 47.1%
- Jeremy Senglin, Weber State: 46.8%
- Mo Evans, Fort Wayne: 46.3%