College Basketball: The Week Ahead
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
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
Wake Forest at Maryland
Maryland whiffed last week with
its home game against Duke, but the Terps get another shot against the Demon
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
Marquette at Pittsburgh
Both teams are fighting for two
byes in the Big East Tournament, and Marquette has to prove it can without
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
Oklahoma at Missouri
Kansas’ two victims from last week battle in a fight for second place behind the Jayhawks. Game of the week?
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
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.