We are less than a week away from the opening day of the NCAA tournament. Read that sentence again and smile. Just six days until it is officially Christmas. In the interim, we will have plenty of nice situational presents to open. Let’s take a look at what should be a pretty epic Friday college hoops day.

The analysis below contains my eight favorite situational spots on Friday’s card. I will specifically focus on revenge angles today. The eight listed games tip between 1:30 pm ET and 11:30 p.m. ET.

Situational Spots YTD: 49-31-2


Southern Miss +8 (vs Marshall)

1:30 p.m. ET on CBSSN

Middle Tennessee State did not give away that game last night or choke as a 13-point favorite. Southern Miss was simply the better team and took it from the Blue Raiders. USM shot 13-of-25 from deep to match its season high in 3-point makes. The Golden Eagles apparently fancy the sight-lines at the Ford Center.

In regards to Marshall, I think it might come out a little too relaxed. Instead of mentally preparing to beat MTSU for a third time this season, the Thundering Herd found out they will face No. 9 seed Southern Miss, a team they beat by 19 in the only regular season meeting.

I trust Southern Miss head coach Doc Sadler to come up with a game plan to turn this into a half-court game, which will heavily favor the Golden Eagles in a tournament setting. This will be the third game in three days for USM, but I think it can back up that massive upset last night and keep this close.

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