After a rough week for teams in the top 25, the seeding just became much more difficult. Last week there were 16 upsets in the top 25, including multiple losses by a couple of ranked teams. On Saturday alone, there were 10 upsets and five of them were ranked in the top 10. The coming week should continue to be interesting as it is the final week of the regular season. The WCC Tournament starts this Thursday but other conferences will need to finalize their seedings in the last week. Here are a few games to keep your eyes on this week.
11 Louisville vs 18 SMU
On Wednesday night at 7 pm EST the Cardinal will travel to face the Mustangs on CBS Sports Network. The Cardinals are coming off a tough loss to Memphis but have still won seven of their last eight. The Mustangs have also won seven of their last eight and are a signle game behind the Cardinals in the conference standings. Each team has one game after this and so it will be essential for SMU to win in order to stay in the race. They played Louisville tough on the road but look for the Cardinals to bounce back on the road.
20 Memphis vs 15 Cincinnati
On Thursday at 7 pm EST on ESPN the Tigers will visit the Bearcats seeking revenge for their earlier loss. The Tigers have won six of their last eight but have five conference losses which puts them in a tough position for their tournament. Cincinnati is coming off their first two game losing streak of the year and have lost three of their last five. Even with these losses, they are tied for first in the conference with Louisville and are looking to keep pace for the first seed. The home crowd should be the difference as the Bearcats end their losing streak.
14 North Carolina vs 4 Duke
Saturday at 9 pm EST the Tar Heels will visit the Blue Devils on ESPN. North Carolina is on an 11 game win streak, including a win against Duke in February. Duke has won seven of their last eight with their only loss being North Carolina and they will be looking to avenge their loss. The teams are tied for third in the ACC and only a game behind Syracuse for second. The winner of this game will continue their drive for a higher seed, while the other will drop down in the standings. The Blue Devils have only lost one game at home this year and so look for this to continue on Saturday.
21 New Mexico vs 10 San Diego State
Late Saturday night, at 10 pm EST the Lobos will travel to take on the Aztecs on CBS Sports Network. New Mexico has won 10 of their last 11, including a win at home against SDSU. Currently they are tied with the Aztecs for the league lead and a win would ensure them the top seed in the conference tournament. San Diego has won four of their last six and can't afford to leave their NCAA Tournament seeding to chance and so they will come out ready to win and take control of the conference.
Winner: San Diego State
18 SMU vs 20 Memphis
On Saturday afternoon, at Noon, the Mustangs will travel to take on The Tigers on ESPN2. SMU has a tough road to win the AAC but if they win out they will be in position to get the first seed. Memphis does not want to allow this as they are still fighting for seending in the Tournament and will be looking to pay back the Mustangs for the loss in early February. The home crowd may not be enough to help the Tigers over the hump this time as SMU should win on the road.
The WCC Tournament starts on March 6th and will go through the 11th. The first time BYU will play will be on the 8th at 3pm MST when they take on the winner of Portland (7) vs Loyola Marymount (10). As with most games, you can see this match-up on BYUtv.