Here’s our take on the 12 biggest games of the weekend…
Tennessee at Memphis
It’s amazing how few people are picking Memphis in this game. Both teams will keep their No. 1 seeds regardless of the outcome.
Maryland at Miami
A ginormous bubble battle in the ACC. Miami is in better shape than Maryland heading into this game.
Oregon at UCLA
The Ducks let one slip away at USC on Thursday, and now have to win three of their last four to have a chance at a bid.
Drake at Butler
The best of the BracketBuster games by far. Drake’s seed could take a little tumble if it doesn’t win this one.
Arizona State at Washington
The Sun Devils can’t afford a two loss week. If they lose this one, the Pac-10 might be a five-bid league on Monday.
Kansas State at Baylor
The freefalling Bears (losers of six of seven) will be on the outside looking in next week if they lose this one.
Arizona at Washington State
The Wildcats have quietly lost four of five (including a bad one Thursday at Washington), and if they lose this one too, they might find themselves on a “Last Four” list on Monday.
Kent State at Saint Mary’s
No one has more to gain from their BracketBuster game than Kent State does. The Golden Flashes can sneak into the at-large discussion if they pull off the upset.
Syracuse at Notre Dame
After this game, everyone will finally join us in taking the Orange out of their brackets.
Wisconsin at Ohio State
The Buckeyes were our last team in the field this week. That should tell you all you need to know about how much they need to win this one.
Xavier at Dayton
Losing at LaSalle knocked Dayton out of next week’s bracket; winning this one would thrust them right back in.
St. Joseph’s at Rhode Island
The Rams’ terrible home loss to UMass may end up killing their at-large hopes. They need this one to avoid a three-loss week.
Also receiving votes: Davidson at Winthrop, Connecticut at Villanova, Oklahoma at Texas, N.J.I.T. at Utah Valley State, Mississippi at LSU, Providence at West Virginia, BYU at San Diego State, Louisville at Pittsburgh, Wake Forest at North Carolina, California at Stanford