College Basketball: The Week Ahead

    
March 3rd, 2009
Its pretty shocking really, this is the last week of college basketball's regular season. Where did the time go? Who knows. But luckily the season ends with a bang, as there are some highly entertaining and highly important games to look forward to this week:

 

Tuesday

 

Kansas State at Oklahoma State

Kansas State was out and Oklahoma State was in this week’s bracket, but the roles could be reversed next week.

Florida State at Duke

Both of these teams are locks for the Big Dance, and they are also two of the best defensive teams in the ACC.

Utah at New Mexico

Utah’s lead in the MWC is down to one game, over BYU and New Mexico. The Lobos also need a win for their at-large profile.

Wake Forest at Maryland

Maryland whiffed last week with its home game against Duke, but the Terps get another shot against the Demon Deacons.
 

Wednesday


North Carolina at Virginia Tech

The Hokies fell out of my projected field this week, but a win here over UNC would do wonders for their resume.

Marquette at Pittsburgh

Both teams are fighting for two byes in the Big East Tournament, and Marquette has to prove it can without Dominic James.

Wisconsin at Minnesota

Wisconsin would certainly lock up a bid with a road win, while Minnesota has to win to keep its spot in the field.

Oklahoma at Missouri

Kansas’ two victims from last week battle in a fight for second place behind the Jayhawks. Game of the week?

 

Thursday

California at Arizona

Two Pac-10 teams who went a combined 0-3 last week. Arizona still has work left to do to lock up a bid to the Dance.

Providence at Villanova

Providence had an excellent stretch last week, but a win here on the road against ‘Nova would lock up a bid.

Tennessee at South Carolina

Both of these teams were in the field this week, but South Carolina is in a tenuous position and needs a win.

Illinois at Penn State

Illinois is likely out of the Big Ten title race after its loss to Mich. St. Penn State would get into next week’s field with a win.

Dayton at Xavier

Battle for the Atlantic-10 title (although URI is also in the mix). Dayton won the first meeting and would improve its seeding with a win.