2020 four-star point guard Eric Gaines committed to LSU during his official visit. With Gaines being a late bloomer, he took his official visits to other schools like Dayton, Georgia State, and Saint Louis. Gaines has a chance to play immediately at LSU next season.
Here are the teams with a chance at a one seed by conference entering the weekend of February 28-March 1. Just a note that not all conferences have a chance to get a one seed so they won’t all be listed.All bracketology references will be referring to Joe Lunardi’s latest ESPN Bracketology on February 28,2020.
Looking at the top of the Atlantic-10 Standings
1.Dayton 27-2 (16-0)
2.Rhode Island 20-7 (12-3)
Led by potential player of the year Obi Toppin, the Flyers have to win out to even have a chance on the one line. With even a single loss, Dayton not be on the one line but likely as a three seed. Dayton is seeded on the two line currently.
Looking at the top of the ACC Standings
1.Florida State 24-4 (14-3)
2.Louisville 23-6 (14-4)
3.Duke 23-5 (13-4)
The number six ranked team in the AP Polls last Monday, strengthened their case for a top seed with a comeback win over number eleven ranked Louisville who Joe Lunardi had as a three seed entering the week. With a loss by current four overall seed San Diego State, Florida State can make a move onto the top line depending on what happens with the lone two seed ahead of them in Maryland.
Duke has had a rough February discluding their dominant win over Virginia Tech and a game that they shouldn’t have won at the buzzer against North Carolina. Duke has lost to Wake Forest and NC State, two teams that are on or around the NCAA Tournament bubble. Duke needs to heat up because if they want to play in New York and the east region, they need to start winning some games.
With a loss to Florida State on Monday, Louisville is putting themselves in a bad position. But like the other two contending ACC squads, a strong finish to the regular season and an ACC Tournament Championship.
Looking at the top of the Big 12 Standings
1.Baylor 25-2 (14-1)
1.Kansas 25-3 (14-1)
3.Texas Tech 18-10 (9-6)
The top overall seed according to ESPN, Kansas has to hope that Baylor loses so that they can easily land the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament. But the only thing that matters is the likely match up between them and the bears in the conference tournament championship. That game will likely determine the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
After the loss to Kansas, ESPN has dropped Baylor from the top overall seed line to the number two overall seed line. But the only thing that matters is the likely match up between them and the jayhawks in the conference tournament championship. That game will likely determine the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Looking at the top of the Big Ten Standings
1.Seton Hall 20-7 (12-3)
2.Creighton 22-6 (11-4)
2.Villanova 22-6 (11-4)
Seton Hall is the lone team in the Big East with a mostly clear path to get to the top line. They have to hope many teams falter on the top two lines and they have to win out and then win the Big East Tournament title.
Creighton and Villanova
Both teams have to pray that red hot Seton Hall loses to get the top seed in the Big East. Both teams don’t have great shots on the one seed line, though.
Looking at the top of the Big Ten Standings
1.Maryland 23-5 (13-4)
2.Illinois 19-9 (11-6)
2.Wisconsin 18-10 (11-6)
2.Penn State 21-7 (11-6)
2.Michigan State 19-9 (11-6)
With a win over Michigan State tonight, Maryland clinches no less than a share of the Big Ten title, their first since 2002. But with a Big Ten Tournament Title, they have a real shot of getting to the one line.
Looking at the top of the Mountain West Standings
1.San Diego State 27-1 (16-1)
2.Utah State 23-7 (12-5)
2.Nevada 19-10 (12-5)
San Diego State
Despite their first loss of the season a week ago, they remained a one seed. One loss, though, a major conference team could steal it from them.
Looking at the top of the SEC Standings
1.Kentucky 23-5 (13-2)
2.Auburn 24-4 (11-4)
3.LSU 19-9 (10-5)
With a win over Auburn today, Kentucky clinches an SEC regular season title. A loss at home versus the tigers today, will totally take them out of the picture to be on one of those top two seed lines.
With a win over Kentucky and an SEC Tournament championship, this team has a shot at a two seed.
Looking at the top of the WCC Standings
1.Gonzaga 28-2 (14-1)
2.BYU 23-7 (12-3)
Despite the loss to BYU last Saturday, Gonzaga controls their destiny in getting a top seed.
2021 five-star point guard Khristian Lander announced his commitment to Indiana on Tuesday night. Louisville, Michigan, and Memphis were the other schools involved in his final recruitment. Lander is currently a junior but the option of reclassifying is not out of the question. Lander said “I’m thinking about going 2020 very strongly but I’m not for sure yet” on an article reported by espn. Lander is currently ranked number twelve overall in the junior rankings in the href=”http://www.espn.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/class/2021/order/true”>2021 ESPN 60.
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 Bowling Green Win 1-0 (0-0) Big Ten
2 at.Oregon Win 2-0 (0-0) Big Ten
3 Buffalo Win 3-0 (0-0) Big Ten
4 Rutgers Win 4-0 (1-0) Big Ten
5 Bye None 4-0 (1-0) Big Ten
6 Iowa Win 5-0 (2-0) Big Ten
7 at.Michigan State Win 6-0 (3-0) Big Ten
8 at.Penn State Win 7-0 (4-0) Big Ten
9 Nebraska Win 8-0 (5-0) Big Ten
10 Indiana Win 9-0 (6-0) Big Ten
11 at.Maryland Win 10-0 (7-0) Big Ten
12 at.Illinois Win 11-0 (8-0) Big Ten
13 Michigan Win 12-0 (9-0) Big Ten
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 at.Georgia Tech Win 1-0 (1-0) ACC
2 Louisville Win 2-0 (2-0) ACC
3 Akron Win 3-0 (2-0) ACC
4 Virginia Win 4-0 (3-0) ACC
5 at.Boston College Win 5-0 (4-0) ACC
6 at.Florida State Win 6-0 (5-0) ACC
7 NC State Win 7-0 (6-0) ACC
8 Syracuse Win 8-0 (7-0) ACC
9 Bye None 8-0 (7-0) ACC
10 at.Notre Dame Win 9-0 (7-0) ACC
11 The Citadel Win 10-0 (7-0) ACC
12 at.Wake Forest Win 11-0 (8-0) ACC
13 South Carolina Win 12-0 (8-0) ACC
Like father like son. Former UCLA Forward Shareef O’Neal is transferring to his dad’s alma mater, LSU. Shareef will play for his father, Shaq’s old school LSU. In an ESPN article, Shareef said that the death of his father’s old teammate, Kobe Bryant, made “him focus more.” This is after Shareef was diagnosed with “a right anomalous coronary artery and undergoing open-heart surgery to correct the issue” thus missing his first season on campus in Los Angeles. O’Neal was averaging over two points and almost three rebounds per game before his move. Shareef was ranked as the no. 32 prospect in the 2018 ESPN 100.
What if we took a week during the college football season to have teams from the SEC play a team with the same standing a year ago in the Big 12 like in college basketball and have them play during a week of primarily non-conference games. Here’s what it would look like:
Oklahoma at. LSU
We are going to rotate who gets home field advantage but the reigning national champs have to start it with home field in a rematch of the CFP Semifinal.
Alabama at. Baylor
Will moving on from Matt Rhule do Baylor any favors? I don’t think so. Alabama would defintely be favored in this game.
Texas at. Florida
A match up of blue bloods in the swamp will be a defensive battle.
Auburn at. Oklahoma State
Auburn would have a great chance in this game to notch a key non-conference win in this one.
Kansas State at. Tennessee
This would be a fun game between two fairly new head coaches at the FBS level.
Texas A&M at. Iowa State
In a match up of high powered offenses, who would get the defensive stop down the stretch to break the game open.
West Virginia at. South Carolina
Two different offenses collide in an unusual match up.
Kentucky at. TCU
With a receiver at QB, Kentucky would have to find out a way to get the ball past a pretty good horned frogs defense.
Texas Tech at. Mississippi State
New Mississippi State Head Coach Mike Leach faces his former team, Texas Tech.
Ole Miss at. Kansas
Ole Miss is more talented than Kansas, but the rebels do face an old enemy in Kansas Head Coach Les Miles.
Left Out:Arkansas, Missouri, Vanderbilt
All rankings are according to espn
1.Clemson (Top class in ACC)
3.Bryan Bresee (#1DT) Demascus,MD (Demascus)
13.Myles Murphy (#2DE) Powder Springs,GA (Hillgrove)
23.DeMarkcus Bowman (#4RB) Lakeland,FL (Lakeland)
26.Demonte Capehart (#4DT) Bradenton,FL (IMG)
2.Georgia (Top class in SEC)
8.Kelee Ringo (#1CB) Scottsdale,AZ (Saguaro)
9.Broderick Jones (#1OT) Lithonia,GA (Lithonia)
12.Jalen Carter (#3DT) Apopka,FL (Apopka)
18.Mekhail Sherman (#1ILB) Washington,DC (St. John’s College)
3.Alabama (Second ranked class in SEC)
5.Bryce Young (#1QB-DT) Santa Ana,CA (Mater Dei)
7.Chris Braswell (#4DE) Baltimore,MD (St. Frances Academy)
36.Drew Sanders (#2ATH) Denton,TX (Billy Ryan)
41.Jace McClellan (#5RB) Aledo,TX (Aledo)
4.LSU (Third ranked class in SEC)
12.Arik Gilbert (#2TE-Y) Marietta,GA (Marrietta)
28.Phillip Webb (#2OLB) Sugar Hill,GA (Lanier)
33.Kayshon Boutte (#3WR) New Iberia,LA (Westgate)
37.Jaquelin Roy (#5DT) Baton Rouge,LA (University Laboratory)
5.Ohio State (Top class in Big Ten)
1.Julian Fleming (#1WR) Catawissa,PA (Southern Columbia)
11.Paris Johnson Jr. (#3OT) Cincinnati,OH (Princeton)
58.Luke Wypler (#1C) Montvale,NJ (Saint Joseph Regional)
91.Jaxon Smith-Njigba Rockwall,TX (Rockwall)
6.Texas A&M (Fourth ranked class in SEC)
35.Jaylon Jones (#3CB) Cibolo,TX (Byron P. Steele II)
46.Haynes King (#3QB-DT) Longview,TX (Longview)
47.Demond Demas (#5WR) Tomball,TX (Tomball)
98.McKinnley Jackson (#8DT) Lucedale,MS (George County)
7.Auburn (Fifth ranked class in SEC)
20.Tank Bigsby (#2RB) Hogansville,GA (Callaway)
42.Wesley Steiner (#4OLB) Warner Robins,GA (Houston County)
76.Christopher Thompson Jr. (#2S) Duncanville,TX (Duncanville)
93.Zykeivous Walker (#10DE) Ellaville,GA (Schley)
8.Florida (Sixth ranked class in SEC)
17.Gervon Dexter (#3DT) Lake Wales,FL (Lake Wales)
32.Antwaun Powell (#5DE) Chesapeake,VA (Indian River)
71.Jahari Rogers (#6CB) Arlington,TX (Arlington)
73.Xzavier Henderson (#8WR) Miami,FL (Christopher Columbus)
9.Texas (Top class in Big 12)
21.Bijan Robinson (#3RB) Tuscon,AZ (Salpointe Catholic)
34.Ja’Quinden Jackson (#3ATH) Duncanville,TX (Duncanville)
40.Hudson Card (#3QB-DT) Austin,TX (Lake Travis)
52.Alfred Collins (#7DE) Bastrop,TX (Cedar Creek)
10.Oklahoma (Second ranked class in Big 12)
31.Reggie Grimes (#3OLB) Brentwood,TN (Ravenwood)
61.Andrew Raym (#7OT) Broken Arrow,OK (Broken Arrow)
67.Nathan Anderson (#9OT) Frisco,TX (Rick Reedy)
132.Michael Henderson (#10ATH) Irving,TX (Ranchview)
ESPN 300 QB Malik Horsby committed and signed to be an Arkansas Razorback. Hornsby was the lone QB left in ESPN’s rankings left unsigned.
Cornerback Ennis Rakestraw signed with Missouri over a final list that included college football blue bloods Alabama and Texas.
ESPN 300 Wide Receiver Xzavier Henderson signed with Florida.
Miami landed ESPN’s top ranked safety Avantae Williams, who is ranked number fifty-one out of the three hundred.
Wide Receiver Malachi Wideman committed and signed with Tennessee after flipping from Florida State.
Top seventy overall offensive linemen, Broderick Jones and Sedrick Van Pran signed with Georgia.
Defensive Tackle (no. 98 in the ESPN 300) McKinnley Jackson signed with Texas A&M over Alabama and LSU.
Ranked nnumber 155 in the ESPN 300, Offensive Guard Marcus Henderson commited and signed to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday.
ESPN 300 Offensive Tackle Jayson Jones flipped his commitment from Alabama and signed with Oregon.
Ranked number 195, Defensive End Princely Umanmielen signed with Florida on Wednesday.
For a third time this postseason, the Kansas City Chiefs trailed big in the postseason. It took three clutch drives by QB Patrick Mahomes and three stout defensive series by the Chiefs defense to seal it. They proved that they could win on the biggest stage even if they were down by ten entering the fourth quarter. Congratulations to the Chiefs and everyone involved in the organization.