Weekend Preview: Non-Top 25 February 26-28

The workweek is finally over, so now it is time to kick back, relax and watch some college basketball this weekend. Here at Stranded Sports, we make your life easy as we pick the top five non-top 25 games that you should look out for this weekend. Let's get right into the action!


5. Saturday 2/27 4:00 p.m. ESPN+ Belmont Vs. Morehead State


Do you think we were going to forget about the Burins after just talking to Casey Alexander on Tuesday? Well, you thought wrong, as the Bruins make the list this weekend. Belmont was 18-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference going into their game Thursday night against Eastern Kentucky but the Colonels put an end to the Bruins dominance for the moment as EKU defeated Belmont 81-67. The last time these two squads faced off against each other, the Bruins defeated the Eagles 73-58 on February 13. Belmont looks to finish the regular season on a high note Saturday against Morehead State.


The Eagles just like the Bruins have been dominant this season winning 15 of their last 16 games, with their lone loss coming against Belmont. Morehead State's offense comes from a variety of sources with three players averaging double figures on the year. One player that stands out, however, is Johni Broome. The freshman forward from Plant City, Flordia, leads the team in three of the five major categories. Broome is averaging 13 points, eight rebounds, and almost two blocks per game. He will have to be active on both ends of the court this weekend against Belmont.


4. Saturday 2/27 4:00 p.m. CBS Florida Vs. Kentucky


I can't believe I'm doing it this season, and I might regret this, but here we go. Flordia and Kentucky, yes, the Gators and the Wildcats have made the top five list as non-top 25 teams. As much as I have dragged Kentucky through the mud this year, they have been able to turn things around, winning their last three-game most notably their blowout win over Tennessee last weekend. This game should be on everyone's radar this weekend because Kentucky is not going down without a fight this season.


For the Gators, after defeating West Virginia at home in the Big 12 SEC challenge, they dropped two straight games one being to a very bad South Carolina team and the other to a red-hot Arkansas team. But after their quick two-game skid the Gators got right back on track winning the games that they should by defeating Georgia and Auburn. Tre Mann has been the leading scorer for Flordia this year. The sophomore has broken out into a force in the offensive end after averaging just five points in his freshman campaign. Now in his second season, Mann has more than double his output and averages 14 points per game. He will be an important piece for the Gators down the stretch.



3. Saturday 2/27 2:00 p.m. ESPNU VCU Vs. Davidson


Both of these teams make a return to the list this weekend as these two teams are trending in the opposite directions at the moment. VCU, after dropping a game in overtime against George Mason, just toppled over the Saint Louis Billikens on Tuesday night. They are looking to ride that hot streak and pick up another win against a top opponent in the A-10 and carry that momentum into the final game of the regular season on Monday and into the conference tournament on Wednesday. The Rams are still seeking to get up past St. Bonnaventure as the Bonnies currently hold the tiebreaker for the top spot in the conference.


Davidson had a much better showing against the Bonnies this week than they did last weekend, but still dropped the game 56-53. Cater Collins who leads the team in points averaging 12 a game put up 16 in the loss to St. Bonaventure. He also recorded a team-high seven rebounds on Tuesday night as well. The Wildcats look to turn things around Saturday afternoon against VCU.



2. Friday 2/26 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 Richmond Vs. Saint Louis


After their COVID-19 pause, the Saint Louis Billikens have been on a roller coaster losing their first two games coming out of the pause, then winning their next four then proceeding to go on another two-game skid. Saint Louis cracks our top five list for the second straight article as they dropped a tight one to VCU on Tuesday night. In that game for the Billikens, three players reached double figures but the inconsistency from the bench gave VCU the edge in that matchup. Saint Louis looks to get back in the win column and move up the standings as the conference tournament quickly approaches.


Richmond also has had their fair share of COVID-19 pauses as their most recent pause ended on February 9th. Coming out of that pause the team has won three of their last four only losing to VCU 68-56 on February 17. In the Spider's last game, they faced off against UMass, who has been playing well over the course of the season, as they are tied with Richmond at third place in the conference standings. The main key for the Spiders in that game was their defense as they held the Minutemen to just shooting 43 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc. The defense will be key for them in this one as they look to hold on to one of the top seeds in the A-10 tournament which begins next week.


1. Saturday 2/27 10:00 p.m. ESPN2 UCLA Vs. Colorado


These two schools have flown under the radar the whole season as UCLA has put together an impressive season and sits atop of the Pac-12 standings coming into this game. Johnny Juzang has led the Bruins this year averaging 14 points a game and in his one game against Colorado he put up ten points in their 65-62 victory all the way back on January 2nd.


The Buffaloes have been impressive as well other than a two-game slide that they went on a few weeks ago losing to Cal and Oregon. But Colorado in their recent matchup defeated the 19th team in the nation USC 80-62 on Thursday. McKinley Wright IV has led the Buffaloes this year logging 14 points per game and in the win against the Trojans on Thursday Wright put up 15 points. This matchup is crucial for Colorado's bubble aspirations heading into the month of March.

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