Bracket Banter is our daily open thread to discuss all things bracket. Readers can post comments and questions during the night's games, and we will answer those questions as the night goes on.
Conference road wins have been an endangered species of late, but that's the challenge facing several teams in our bracket tonight as Kentucky plays at Alabama, Georgetown plays at Seton Hall, and bracket newcomer Colorado plays at Nebraska.
The marquee game of the night, though, is in the Big Ten, as Illinois hosts Michigan State. The Spartans seemed to have righted the ship a little with back-to-back overtime wins at home, but now they open up a tough two game roadie in Champaign (they play at Purdue over the weekend) against an Illini squad looking to snap a two-game losing streak. If either of these teams plan on catching Ohio State for the Big Ten title, this is a must-win game.
Elsewhere, North Carolina looks to bounce back from their embarrassing 20-point loss (20!) at Georgia Tech as they host Clemson, and Tennessee looks to build off of their much-needed home win over Vanderbilt and get a victory at Georgia. The Bulldogs, who are unbeaten at home this season, could use a second quality win on their resume. They play their next three games in Athens.
Also keep an eye on: TCU at BYU, DePaul at Marquette, Maine at Vermont