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.
Three of the top five teams on our S-curve are in action tonight, as Ohio State hosts Purdue, Kansas plays at Colorado, and UConn plays at Marquette. The unbeaten Buckeyes, who toughed out a huge road win against Illinois on Saturday, face a Boilermaker team that is just a game back in conference and is coming off an impressive home win over Michigan State. For Purdue, this is the second game of a tough, four-game stretch against ranked Big Ten teams. They host Minnesota this weekend and then play at Wisconsin next Tuesday.
Kansas will be looking to bounce back from its stunning home loss to Texas against a Colorado team that limps home after two straight losses. The Buffaloes were off to a 3-0 start in the Big XII and looked like they were ready to set up camp in the bracket, but road defeats at the hands of Nebraska and Oklahoma (ouch) altered those plans. The good news for Colorado is that they are back in Boulder tonight, where they've already beaten Missouri, Oklahoma State and Colorado State this season. If they can upset the Jayhawks, they'll be back on the right side of the bubble.
In the Big East, UConn plays a Marquette team that needs a split this week to stay in the bracket. The Golden Eagles host the Huskies tonight and then play host to Syracuse on Saturday. One win in those two games will not only keep Marquette in the field next week, but it will likely vault them over St. John's in the Big East pecking order.
Elsewhere, Georgia hosts Florida in what is a pretty big game for the Bulldogs. Georgia has been hanging around the 8-9 line in the bracket for a couple weeks now because of their win over Kentucky, but they need a second marquee conference win to secure their spot. After not doing much OOC (their best wins are Colorado and UAB), and after losing at home to Tennessee last week, a win over the Gators would look extra nice on the Bulldogs' resume.
There's also a key bubble battle on tap tonight in the A-10 as Richmond plays at Dayton. The Spiders, who snuck back into our latest bracket, could be in first place in conference if they beat the Flyers tonight and then beat Xavier at home on Saturday. Dayton, meanwhile, has a little work to do to get back in the bracket, but a 2-0 week might do it. They play at 5-0 Duquesne this weekend.
Also keep an eye on: Seton Hall at Syracuse, Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, UNLV at Wyoming, Missouri State at Drake, Belmont at Lipscomb