College basketball today: Tennessee chases Auburn in SEC, Big 12 teams push to stay on right side of bubble
Here is what you need to know in college basketball for Tuesday, Feb. 27:
In the SEC
Tennessee at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network: The Bulldogs are on the bubble. That alone is quite an accomplishment for Ben Howland’s crew. The Vols still have a real shot to catch Auburn as they're just a game behind the Tigers for first in the SEC. The whole SEC standings look upside down. This is the biggest game at Humphrey Coliseum since Howland took over.
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Missouri at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2: I have Mizzou safely in the NCAA tournament. But it would behoove the Tigers to get a road win. They have dropped to 8-8 in the league. Vanderbilt has proven to be a tough out in Nashville. Mizzou could use a road win to bolster its resume and quiet any critics.
Florida at Alabama, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN: These are two of the hardest teams in the SEC to figure out this season. When Florida makes 3s, the Gators can hang with or beat anyone. When the Gators don’t, they become pedestrian. Alabama has the talent to make a deep run in St. Louis next week and in the NCAA tournament, but the Tide are the epitome of inconsistency.
Auburn at Arkansas, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network: The Hogs got the road win they needed by winning at Alabama. They are just fine at 9-7. Auburn is holding on by just a game over the Vols. Both Auburn and Tennessee have a rugged game to get through Tuesday night. We’ll know a lot more about each by how they handle the assignment.
In the ACC
Miami at North Carolina, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN: The Tar Heels are rolling, winning six in a row. UNC can still claim the No. 2 spot in the ACC tournament next week. Miami finally stopped its three-game slide with two wins in a row. The Canes can get a pass on this one, but then could use a home finale win over Virginia Tech to assure its seeding.
In the Big 12
Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU: Oklahoma State has a hill to climb to get a tournament bid at 6-10 in the Big 12. Sure, the Cowboys have road wins at Kansas, at West Virginia and over Texas Tech. But they cannot afford to lose to last-place Iowa State — even in Ames.
Oklahoma at Baylor, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2: The Sooners ended a six-game slide with a home win over Kansas State. Oklahoma is safely in the NCAA tournament, but needs to continue to work on seeding both for the Big 12 and NCAA tournament. Baylor needs this game badly after losing two in a row. The Bears may need to sweep the final two games against Oklahoma and at Kansas State.
Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU: The Horned Frogs have a strong enough resume to be safely in the field. Kansas State didn’t get anything in the non-conference so the Big 12 is the ticket. The Wildcats didn’t show well in their last game at Oklahoma. They need a strong performance in Fort Worth.
In the Mountain West
Boise State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network: The Broncos have the look of an NCAA tournament team. They pass the eye test. They would be a tough out in the tournament. But they may not be able to afford another Mountain West loss to a team not named Nevada. Picking up a road win in San Diego will help the cause.
In the A-10
Davidson at St. Bonaventure, 9 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network: This is a dicey one for the Bonnies. St. Bonaventure has won 10 in a row. But it's taking on a Davidson team that would be the pick to win the A-10 if URI or St. Bonaventure had to be chosen. This would qualify as another quality win for the Bonnies in their surge to earn a bid.