Here's our take on the 12 biggest games of the weekend:
Pittsburgh at Syracuse
A huge Big East bubble battle. This is a must win for the Orange and their at-large hopes, while Pitt looks to stay off the bubble and solidify its spot in the field of 65.
Texas A&M at Oklahoma
An even bigger bubble battle in the Big 12, as both teams try to break out from the crowded middle of the conference. The winner will have a lot weight lifted off their shoulders as March Madness begins.
USC at Arizona State
A loss here means the Sun Devils probably need an Oregon sweep and two wins in the Pac-10 tourney to go dancing.
Mississippi State at Florida
The resume-challenged Gators can double their Top 50 win total with a victory in this one.
Vanderbilt at Arkansas
The Razorbacks get a chance to bounce back in a big way from their damaging loss to Alabama.
UMass at Richmond
A very dangerous game for the Minutemen, who need a strong finish to lock down a bid.
Illinois State at Southern Illinois
A battle for second place in the MVC. It will be a good momentum builder for either team going into the MVC tourney, where they will likely meet again in the semis.
Kentucky at Tennessee
The Patterson injury is devastating for Kentucky’s at-large hopes. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the team responds against an angry Vols squad.
UCLA at Arizona
The losses continue to pill up for the Wildcats as they look for a win to stay off the bubble.
Temple at Saint Joseph’s
The Hawks already lost one must-win game this week. They need to complete a season sweep of the Owls to stay in the field.
Villanova at Louisville
The Wildcats had to get a split this week to stay in the field. They probably didn’t want this one to be the one they needed to win.
Clemson at Maryland
The Terps already won their most important game of the week. A win here would be huge and pretty much lock down their bid.
Also receiving votes: West Virginia at UConn, Wake Forest at Georgia Tech, Georgetown at Marquette, Virginia at Miami, Washington State at Stanford, Ohio State at Minnesota, Washington at California, Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, Kansas State at Kansas, Indiana at Michigan State