The final few days of the 2006-2007 regular season are here, as the month of March will begin later this week, truly signaling the madness that accompanies college basketball this time of year. As always, there is plenty at stake over the course of the next couple of weeks, as teams compete for NCAA positioning, conference titles, and much more. The regular season races in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, and Big XII are all still in doubt, as are those races in a number of other conferences. In addition, this week also begins the first of the season's conference tournaments!
West Virginia at Pittsburgh
The Panthers now find themselves a game out of first place in the Big East, while West Virginia is still fighting it out trying to insure themselves of a NCAA bid. Pitt, meanwhile, is also in the running for at least a two seed come March, so there's much to play for when these two get together on Tuesday.
Florida at Tennessee
Suddenly the Gators don't look quite as unbeatable, as they've lost two of their last three, both on the road. Tennessee has won five of their last six, including three at home against teams ranked in the top 25. UF could be in jeopardy of losing their #1 seed if they drop another one.
Maryland at Duke
The Terps have likely played themselves into the Big Dance in recent weeks with five straight wins, including a home victory over North Carolina on Sunday. Duke, meanwhile, has recovered from a mid-season slump, and like UM, they're not 8-6 in ACC play.
Texas A&M at Texas
The Aggies come into the week tied atop the Big XII standings with Kansas, while the Longhorns are just a game back. Texas actually plays the Jayhawks this weekend, so it's possible that Rick Barnes' squad could work their way into at least a share of the conference title.
Virginia Tech at Virginia
With UNC's loss at Maryland Sunday evening, these two are now tied with the Heels for the ACC lead heading into the new week. The winner of this one keeps their title hopes alive, as each should be favored to pick up a win in their regular season-ending game this weekend.
UCLA at Washington State
A win here would clinch the Pac-10 title for the Bruins, who are very much in the running for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament as well. A victory for WSU, however, still gives the Cougars an outside shot at claiming a share of the conference title.
OTHER TOP MATCHUPS
Georgetown at Syracuse - 6:00 PM CST
Hoyas can guarantee themselves no worse than a tie for the Big East title with a win. 'Cuse could solidify their NCAA status.
Kansas at Oklahoma - 8:00 PM CST
Sooners' NCAA hopes are all but toast, while KU looks to remain tied atop the conference standings.
Michigan State at Michigan - 6:00 PM CST
Spartans are one of the country's hottest teams. UM, meanwhile, is looking for their 8th league victory.
Kansas State at Oklahoma State - 8:00 PM CST
Absolute must-win for OSU. The 'Cats can bolster their NCAA chances with their 10th Big XII win.
BYU at Air Force - 8:00 PM CST
Both dropped games over the weekend, but BYU can lock themselves into at least a tie for the MWC title with a win.
Villanova at Connecticut - 6:00 PM CST
Win here could lock the 'Cats into the NCAA. A UConn victory keeps their extremely slim hopes alive.
Vanderbilt at South Carolina - 6:30 PM CST
Gamecocks are playing good basketball right now, so this won't be easy for Vandy as they fight for the SEC East's #2 seed.
Georgia at Kentucky - 7:00 PM CST
UK is fighting it out for 2nd seed in the SEC East, while UGA desperately needs an attention-grabbing win to improve NCAA hopes.
Mississippi at Alabama - 7:00 PM CST
Must-win game for Bama as they'll need two W's this week to pull to 8-8 in the SEC. Rebs hunting for SEC West title and possible NCAA bid.
Mississippi State at Arkansas - 7:05 PM CST
Arkansas' NCAA hopes are finished, while MSU is still fighting for the SEC West crown and likely needs this game to keep Tourney hopes alive.
North Carolina at Georgia Tech - 8:00 PM CST
Jackets are right on the bubble but could improve those chances greatly with a win over the Tar Heels, who are tied for the ACC lead.
Nevada at Utah State - 8:05 PM CST
Aggies are one of four 20-win teams in the WAC, so they'll be a tough test for conference champion Wolf Pack.
Southern Cal at Washington - 9:00 PM CST
Huskies have little left to play for, while USC is still vying for the second seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.
Arizona at California - 9:30 PM CST
A loss here would seriously damage the Wildcats' NCAA hopes as they're just 8-7 in league play heading into the week.