Only two college basketball games scheduled for Monday feature ranked teams, but March’s first action could drastically impact the NCAA Tournament bracket. Two top 20 teams are enduring losing streaks and could be bumped down a notch or two. Let’s go over Monday’s most important matchups.
Dayton vs. St. Bonaventure (-8), 5:00 p.m. ESPNU
The Bonnies keep chugging along at 13-3, 2-2 vs Quad 1 teams. Dayton is far from a Quad 1 win at home, so they need to hold serve here for any chance of an at-large if there’s a problem in the A-10 Tournament. Being the top team during the regular season also comes with a pair of byes, and that might be even more valuable right now.
High Point vs. Winthrop (-14.5), 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Winthrop (20-1, 17-1) is No. 69 in the NET rankings and has been heralded as one of the best mid-major programs in the country all year. The Eagles have only lost to UNC Asheville this year, but the Big South only gets one NCAA Tournament bid. High Point is a major underdog, but Winthrop has only put up 14 more points than the Panther in two meetings. The Eagles’ hopes could be crushed with just one slip-up, but they might need to win the Big South Tournament anyway.
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State (+1) Oklahoma State 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Sooners lost to Kansas State before dropping their last game to the Cowboys in overtime. Oklahoma is looking to solidify a quality seed in the tournament, while Oklahoma State is a bubble team looking to get in if the NCAA will allow it. A second straight win against a Top-10 team might do it for the Cowboys, and star freshman Cade Cunningham could have to put his team on his back again to get the job done. Can put another 40-point double-double under his belt?