It's the final week of the regular season and the month of March will be here in a couple of days, so by all means, let the Madness begin! Though the theme so far this year seems to be teams playing themselves out of the Tournament, there are a number of spots still available and a select few squads trying to earn their way in. There are also quite a few major conferences still trying to determine their regular season champion, including the Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, and SEC.
MUST-SEE THIS WEEK
Pittsburgh at West Virginia
Both the Panthers and Mountaineers have dropped out of the Big East race in recent weeks, but each squad's NCAA outlook is very good. Late-season games like these are great for improving NCAA seeding, not to mention your seed for next week's conference tournament. Pitt has won four of their last five, while WVU has dropped three of their last four.
Kentucky at Tennessee
After an upset loss to Arkansas over the weekend, the Vols have dropped a game behind LSU in the race for the overall SEC title. Kentucky, meanwhile, has recovered from a slow start and then a mid-season slump to win three of their last four. The Cats' NCAA hopes appear much safer, though a win like this would certainly solidify their spot.
Memphis at UAB
The Tigers head into the final week of the regular season without a conference loss, but this week's trip to Birmingham may be their toughest CUSA test yet. The Blazers, along with UTEP, are tied for second place with matching 10-2 marks, and while UAB's Tournament hopes look pretty good, a win over the top 5 Tigers would end any remaining speculation.
UCLA at California
The Bruins head into the final week of the regular season with a one-game lead on both the Bears and Washington. UCLA has been arguably the most consistent team in the Pac-10 this season, and a victory over in-state rival Cal on Thursday would guarantee the Bruins no worse than a tie for the league title.
YOU'LL WANT TO CATCH THESE, TOO
Monmouth at Fairleigh Dicksinson - Monday 6:00 PM CST
Northern Arizona at Montana - Monday 8:05 PM CST
LSU at South Carolina - Tuesday 6:00 PM CST
Cincinnati at Seton Hall - Tuesday 7:00 PM CST
Ohio at Kent State - Tuesday 7:00 PM CST
Illinois at Minnesota - Tuesday 8:00 PM CST
Akron at Buffalo - Wednesday 6:00 PM CST
Duke at Florida State - Wednesday 6:00 PM CST
Marquette at Louisville - Wednesday 6:05 PM CST
Texas at Texas A&M - Wednesday 7:00 PM CST
Colorado at Kansas - Wednesday 7:00 PM CST
Miami at Maryland - Wednesday 8:00 PM CST
Virginia at North Carolina - Wednesday 8:00 PM CST
Wisconsin at Michigan State - Thursday 6:00 PM CST