Saturday’s Games Crucial for Position for March Madness

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With No. 1 Indiana losing to 23rd ranked Illinois last night, Saturday’s games will result in another “musical chair” event in the top 25 rankings for the NCAA men.

Falling 74-72, Indiana will most likely lose its No. 1 ranking.  The best opportunity to rotate into the top position should be No. 2 ranked Florida who is playing Mississippi State.

State is 7-14 and 2-7 in the SEC.  Florida is 18-3, and 8-1 in the SEC.  The Gators’ loss to Arkansas Tuesday night might be the “wake-up call” they needed.  The 80-69 loss was a lackluster effort, but with Indiana’s loss, they may become the No. 1 team with a decisive win at home.  They face the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday.

Number 3 ranked, Michigan, will face Wisconsin.  With a record 16-7, 7-3 in the Big Ten, the Badgers can’t be overlooked in this game at home.  Michigan enters Kohl Center with a record of 21-2, 8-2 in the conference.  Unranked in the top 25, Wisconsin has a reasonable chance to upset the Wolverines at home.

Number 4 ranked Duke will play at Boston College on Sunday.  Inconsistent play and a lack of dominance will most likely keep the ‘Blue Devils in the 4th spot, even with a convincing win.

Number 5, Kansas will also be playing away from home at Oklahoma.  Once again, the Jayhawks should survive and win, but will be unlikely to advance beyond their present ranking.

With the NCAA tournament quickly approaching, who do you think will rise to a dominant position before March Madness?  Personally, I give up.  This season appears to be a “crap shoot”.  Will we see an unranked team in the Final Four?  It could happen this year.  I think that would be fun, and the best thing to happen to Collegiate basketball.

James Turnage

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