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The Rundown: February 20

After a couple of days off, the rundown and the rebound, or winners and losers or whatever I feel like doing, is back. Last night was insane with Syracuse losing, Arizona going to overtime with Utah, Florida getting some all time dumb play from Auburn, St Louis going to overtime and Creighton shooting the lights out late. Tonight is loaded. Five top 25 teams are in action against unranked foes, but all 5 of them are on the road.

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7 PM

(13) Michigan State at Purdue – ESPN

The Spartans get ready for the big weekend rematch with Michigan this weekend by traveling to West Lafayette to take on Purdue. Michigan State has alternated wins and losses since January 21. They are coming off a weekend loss to Nebraska at home. The Boilermakers have won 2 of 3 and are coming off a huge win over Indiana.

(22) Memphis at Rutgers – CBS Sports Network

The first time Memphis and Rutgers hooked up was on February 4. The Tigers were up 31-5 halfway through the first half. The good news for Rutgers is that this game could not possibly go worse. Memphis shot 59%, hit 12 of 19 from 3 and 17 of 21 at the line. Six players scored in double figures with 18 from Austin Nichols, 16 and 8 assists from Joe Jackson and 15 from Michael Dixon Jr leading the way. Chris Crawford had 12, 11 and 5. Not bad. I'm sure they would all love a replay of that.

9 PM

(5) Duke at North Carolina – ESPN

Like I need to convince you to watch Duke at Carolina.

(21) Connecticut at Temple – ESPNU

The Huskies beat the hell out of Temple 90-66 on January 21. DeAndre Daniels went for 31 and 12 while Shabazz Napier added 27-7-6. With how well UConn has played lately, it's hard to see them dropping one to Temple. Although SMU just lost up there.

11 PM

(25) Gonzaga at BYU – ESPN2

The third rematch of a team beating the hell out of the other is the most interesting. Gonzaga pulled away in the second half to beat BYU 84-69 in Spokane. The Bulldogs hit 57.4% from the field, 10-22 from 3 and 12-12 at the line. Kevin Pangos had 24 points thanks to 6 threes, Sam Dower had 18 and 14 a piece were scored by Gary Bell and David Stockton. Tyler Haws went for 23 for the Cougars.

ON TV

7 PM

Alabama at Texas A&M – ESPN2

Penn State at Nebraska – ESPNU

The Cornhuskers can move a game over .500 in the Big 10 with the win. They've won 3 in a row and 5 of 6. Penn State did win the first meeting in Happy Valley by 4.

9 PM

Georgetown at Seton Hall – CBS Sports Network

If the Hoyas have any real NCAA tournament claim, they have to win this game.

Washington St at Oregon St – Pac 12 network

Toledo at Bowling Green – ESPNU

The Rockers are 21-4, 9-3 in the MAC West, half a game behind Western Michigan. This is a nice national showcase for them.

Portland at San Diego – Root Sports

11 PM

USC at Stanford – Pac 12 network

If the Cardinal have a legit NCAA tournament claim, they can't drop games to the last place team in the league.

Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount – ESPNU

St Mary's at San Francisco – Root

THE REST

7 PM

Fairleigh Dickinson at Bryant

Mt. St. Mary's at Central Connecticut St

LIU Brooklyn at Robert Morris

The Colonials won at LIU by 9 two weeks ago. That kicked off their current 4 game win streak. Robert Morris leads the Northeast by 2 games.

Sacred Heart at Wagner

St Francis (NY) at St. Francis U

Middle Tennessee at Charlotte

Louisiana Tech at East Carolina

Two of the three teams tied atop C-USA go on the road for tricky games. Charlotte is much better than East Carolina in the standings, 5-6 to 2-9, but neither test is a slam dunk. Middle Tennessee and Tech meet up next Thursday.

North Texas at FIU

Tulsa at FAU

UAB at Marshall

Rice at Old Dominion

Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia St

A win here by the Panthers pretty much eliminates everyone but Western Kentucky from the Sun Belt race. They would lead WKU by 3 games with 5 remaining. Looking good for an NIT bid at the very least.

Fairfield at Niagara

Quinnipiac at Canisius

A battle of 12-4 teams in the MAAC. Both teams are 2 behind Iona. The winner will be tied with Manhattan for second place.

Towson at Northeastern

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois – ESPN3

Western Carolina at Appalachian St

Georgia Southern at Chattanooga

Furman at Wofford

Milwaukee at Youngstown St

East Tennessee St at Jacksonville

USC Upstate at North Florida

8 PM

UTSA at Southern Miss

UTEP at Tulane

UTEP is the third 9-2 team in C-USA. Tulane is 6-5 in the league. It'll be interesting to see if all 3 teams atop the league can handle road tests.

New Mexico St at UT-Pan American

Omaha at South Dakota

South Alabama at Texas St

Tennessee Tech at Tennessee-Martin

Jacksonville St at SE Missouri St

Eastern Illinois at Belmont

The Bruins lead the Ohio Valley East  by a game over Morehead State.

SIU-Edwardsville at Tennessee St

Valparaiso at Green Bay

Green Bay has a 2 game lead in the Horizon over Valpo. The Crusaders smacked the Phoenix by 15 in the first meeting. A win here would clinch the Horizon league regular season title for the Phoenix since they have a 2 game lead on Cleveland State and swept the Vikings.

CS Bakersfield at UMKC

Utah Valley at Chicago St

Utah Valley leads the WAC by half a game over New Mexico State. They have two road games against ok teams in the middle of the league before the rematch next Thursday.

UT-Arlington at Arkansas St

Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette

Northern Colorado at Northern Arizona

Marist at St. Peter's – ESPN3

SE Louisiana at New Orleans

9 PM

Weber St at Montana

The Big Sky leading Wildcats take on 7-7 Montana. The first meeting went down to the wire with Weber winning by 5.

Portland St at Southern Utah

Western Illinois at Denver

Idaho St at Montana St

10 PM

Grand Canyon at Seattle

CS Fullerton at Cal Poly

Long Beach St at UC Davis

UC Riverside at UC Santa Barbara

Pacific at Santa Clara

North Dakota at Sacramento St

12 AM

UC Irvine at Hawaii

The Anteaters, such a cool name, are starting to pull away with the Big West. One of their losses in league play was a home loss to Hawaii in overtime.

Scott

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