Despite losing to St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament final, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-3) head into this week’s NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in Dunkel’s final regular-season power rankings. The Bulldogs barely edged out a Duke Blue Devils team (29-5) that rode the return of Zion Williamson all the way to the ACC Tournament championship. The other top seeds in this year’s tourney — Virginia (29-3) and North Carolina (27-6) — finished No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, in Dunkel’s rankings. The lowest-ranked team to make the field of 68 is North Carolina Central (18-15; No. 283), which advanced by winning the MEAC Tournament. The highest-ranked team to be overlooked by the selection committee was the North Carolina State Wolfpack (22-11; No. 22), who were left out despite a respectable 9-9 record in a conference that produced three No. 1 seeds. To get all of Dunkel’s rankings for the upcoming tournament, click HERE.
There is one game on the college hardwood tonight as the Quinnipiac Bobcats (16-14; No. 222) face the NJ Tech Highlanders (21-12; No. 194) in the first round of the College Insider Tournament. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game, click HERE.
In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors (47-21; No. 2 in Dunkel’s power rankings) snapped out of their recent funk with a convincing 110-88 win at Oklahoma City on Saturday. They’ll have a chance to send another message to a Western Conference contender tonight as the Warriors travel to the AT&T Center in San Antonio to take on the Spurs (41-29; No. 13). The Spurs have won eight straight overall and 10 straight at home. But the Warriors are a slight Vegas favorite which has produced an 11-3 ATS record in the last 14 games in the series. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game as well as the full NBA schedule, click HERE.
In the NHL, the San Jose Sharks (43-21-8; No. 3 in Dunkel’s power rankings) are trying to catch the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division, but have dropped two straight. The Sharks will see if they can break through with a win tonight as they host the Vegas Golden Knights (40-27-5; No. 11). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL slate, click HERE.