Hoosiers hoping for bounceback effort at Ohio State
March Madness is just about a month away, and with top-ranked teams dropping like flies the battle for good seedings is wide open. Here's a tasty sampling of what's happening this weekend in college basketball.
Saturday's action begins, among other places, in the Big Ten when No. 3 Michigan hits Madtown to take on 16-7 Wisconsin (Noon ET, ESPN).
In the SEC 18-4 Mississippi, searching for its first NCAA tournament berth in 10 years, visits No. 21 Missouri (1 pm ET, CBS).
In the Big 12 No. 5 Kansas, which has lost two games in a row, visits 14-7 Oklahoma (4 pm ET, ESPN).
In a city-vs.-city rivalry that covers several sports No. 17 Cincinnati hosts No. 23 Pittsburgh (6 pm ET, ESPN).
In an interesting game in a very competitive Atlantic 10 Conference 18-5 VCU visits 17-5 Charlotte (7 pm ET).
And in what sizes up to be another good Big East battle No. 25 Notre Dame hosts No. 11 Louisville (9 pm ET, ESPN).
Michigan got to the top of the rankings last week, then promptly lost to Indiana. The Wolverines recovered, though, to outlast Ohio State Tuesday night 76-74 in overtime. And even though they've lost their last two games vs. the pointspreads, Big Blue is 12-8 ATS on the season.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, had lost three of four games, but has won its last two. Wednesday night the Badgers rallied to beat Iowa 74-70 in double-OT. But in going 1-5 ATS over its last six games Wisconsin has fallen to 7-14 ATS on the season.
Moving ahead to Sunday:
In an ACC game with NCAA tournament berth implications 16-6 Virginia (12-6 ATS) visits 17-6 Maryland (1 pm ET, ESPN3).
Back in the Big Ten No. 1 Indiana, coming off a shocking loss at Illinois Thursday night, visits No. 10 Ohio State (1 pm ET, CBS).
And finally, back in the Big East, 15-8 St. John's will try to enhance its Big Dance resume when it visits No. 9 Syracuse (3 pm ET, ESPN).