It's that time of year.. when the NCAA Tournament is all the rage, and everybody and your mother starts talking college hoops. Get a leg up on your bracket competitors by watching this week's prime-time games.
#1 Pittsburgh at Providence
The Panthers are looking like
the overall No. 1 seed in the Tournament, while the Friars could use a marquee
win on their resume.
Penn State at Ohio State
Another bubble team that could
really use a big win, Penn State has been solid on the road. OSU is struggling
and needs to bounce back.
Northern Iowa at Illinois State
Although streaking Creighton
is in first right now in the MVC, UNI is tied with the Bluejays and ISU is just
one game out.
#23 Florida State at Boston College
Florida State likely clinched
a bid with its two wins this past week, while Boston College would lock one up
with a win.
Florida at #18 LSU
With the SEC East a muddled
mess, LSU has taken advantage to become clearly the best team in the league. UF
is on the bubble.
Texas A&M at Nebraska
Two bubble teams in the Big
12. A&M had two wins last week to right the ship, while Nebraska badly needs
BYU at San Diego State
After Utah, the race in the Mountain West is crowded. Both of these teams have chances at an at-large; the winner gets the inside track.
Kentucky at South Carolina
An SEC bubble battle. Both
teams are tied for the SEC East lead at 8-4, but neither is anything close to a
lock for a bid.
Dayton at Rhode Island
Never thought I’d be
mentioning Rhode Island this late in the season, but the Rams are just one game
out of the A-10 lead. Dayton needs to bounce back after its road loss to Saint
#2 Connecticut at #8 Marquette
A battle amongst the four
teams fighting for first in the Big East. Does Marquette have anyone to stop
Hasheem Thabeet? Does UConn have the guards to match-up with Marquette?
Virginia Tech at #12 Clemson
Virginia Tech is in dire need
of a marquee win for its resume, while Clemson is fighting for a top-two seed.
#7 Duke at Maryland
Can Maryland complete the home
sweep of UNC and Duke? A win by the Terps would likely lock up a bid for the
Kansas State at Missouri
Missouri is developing as a
Final Four sleeper in March, while Kansas State could use a win for its bubble
UNLV at Utah
UNLV picked up a huge win over BYU on Saturday to stay in the field, while Utah is a lock for the Dance, barring a collapse.
West Virginia at Cincinnati
Another game involving a team
firmly in the field, and a bubble team looking for a win. Cincy needs a marquee
Minnesota at #20 Illinois
Minnesota snapped out of its
funk with a win over Northwestern, while Illinois bounced back from its dismal
performance against Penn State with a win at Ohio State.
#5 Memphis at UAB
One of the more intriguing
games of the week. A win by UAB could put the Blazers into next week’s projected
#16 Purdue at Michigan
Purdue is one of the hottest
teams in the Big Ten, while Michigan blew a chance on the road when it lost in
OT at Iowa.
USC at California
USC is falling out of the
at-large picture quickly after its loss to Washington and the reported aftermath
of it, while California is coming off of a loss to Oregon State.
#14 Arizona State at #21 Washington
A potential battle for the Pac-10 title. ASU escaped with a win over Arizona, while Washington picked up a split against the LA schools.
Siena at Niagara
Siena has the MAAC title wrapped up already, but a loss to second-place Niagara would likely mean the Saints need to win the conference tourney. Niagara is an impressive 22-7 thus far.