Monday, February 22, 2010

The Week Ahead

West Virginia at Connecticut (Monday): If the Huskies are going to stay in the hunt for an at-large bid, this is a must-win. WVU is looking for a No. 2 seed.

Georgetown at Louisville (Tuesday): Louisville could really help its at-large case with a home win over the Hoyas, who have lost two in a row.

Illinois at Michigan (Tuesday): Illinois needs to bounce back from back-to-back losses with a road win over the supremely disappointing Wolverines.

Kansas State at Texas Tech (Tuesday): Texas Tech needs to win out if it wants an at-large bid, while Kansas State is in line for a No. 2 seed.

Tennessee at Florida (Tuesday): SEC East rivalry between two teams tied at 8-4 in the conference. The Gators need a win for at-large purposes, though.

Dayton at Temple (Wednesday): Without a win here, Dayton might have to kiss its at-large hopes goodbye. Temple is still fighting for a protected seed.

DePaul at Cincinnati (Wednesday): After the week it had, with two losses, Cincinnati absolutely can’t afford a loss to the Blue Demons.

Pittsburgh at Notre Dame (Wednesday): Pittsburgh could be moving into three-seed territory, while Notre Dame will need to win out to even have a shot.

Vermont at Stony Brook (Wednesday): First place in the America East is on the line when these two face off. Stony Brook is 12-2, with Vermont a game back.

UAB at UCF (Wednesday): The Blazers got their 21st win of the season this weekend, but they still can’t afford losses for at-large purposes.

Marquette at St. John’s (Wednesday): After winning a huge bubble game at Cincinnati, Marquette needs to defeat a scrappy Red Storm group.

Auburn at Mississippi (Wednesday): Ole Miss might have blown its at-large hopes by losing back-to-back home games last week, but this would help.

Memphis at Houston (Wednesday): Memphis got to 20 wins over the weekend, and the Tigers are only one game behind UTEP in the C-USA race.

Xavier at Saint Louis (Wednesday): Xavier is on the verge of locking up a bid in the Atlantic-10, while Saint Louis has played the role of spoiler lately.

Wichita State at Bradley (Wednesday): Wichita State is essentially out of the at-large race, but the Shockers could win out and get to the title game.

Purdue at Minnesota (Wednesday): Minnesota has risen from the dead with wins over Wisconsin and Indiana, but beating Purdue is a different story.

Clemson at Maryland (Wednesday): Expect plenty of points between these two fast-paced groups. The winner will look good for a top-eight seed.

Texas A&M at Baylor (Wednesday): Another solid game between two teams on the verge of locking up bids. Donald Sloan vs. Tweety Carter will be fun.

Oklahoma State at Texas (Wednesday): Texas will look to continue its winning ways, while Oklahoma State will try to lock up an at-large bid.

South Florida at Villanova (Wednesday): South Florida really hurt itself with its home loss to St. John’s, while Villanova fell off the top-seed line with two losses.

San Diego State at BYU (Wednesday): Showdown in the MWC. San Diego State is making positive strides on the bubble, and BYU is a half-game back of first.

Alabama at Mississippi State (Wednesday): Mississippi State stayed alive with a one-point at LSU on Saturday, and can’t afford a loss to Alabama.

TCU at UNLV (Wednesday): UNLV obliterated Colorado State on Saturday after losing three in a row prior to that. A win here would help.

Charleston at Wofford (Thursday): The Southern Conference has plenty of contenders this season, but the winner of this will move into first at 14-3.

Tulsa at Duke (Thursday): Tulsa doesn’t have much of an at-large shot left, but a win at Duke would resuscitate the Golden Hurricanes’ dim hopes.

Campbell at Jacksonville (Thursday): The Atlantic Sun has a logjam at the top with four teams within a game of each other. These two are tied at 13-5.

Murray State at Morehead State (Thursday): Morehead State can’t catch Murray State, but this might be the last hurdle the Racers face for an undefeated season.

Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s (Thursday): The Gaels still harbor at-large hopes despite losing two of three, but they can’t afford another WCC defeat here.

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