college hoops weekend…it all comes down to this.

Indiana needs Victor Oladipo (No. 4) and Cody Zeller (No. 40) to step up this Sunday. Without them the Hoosiers don't stand a chance against Michigan.

Indiana needs Victor Oladipo (No. 4) and Cody Zeller (No. 40) to step up this Sunday. Without them the Hoosiers don’t stand a chance against Michigan.

The next two days of college basketball will be exciting, revealing and, quite possibly, upsetting (depending on whom you ask).

Indiana’s shocking home loss to Ohio State only prolongs the drama in the B1G. By the end of tomorrow, there could be as many as four teams claiming the regular season title…or Indiana could win it outright.

Thanks to Miami’s loss to Georgia Tech earlier this week, Duke now has the inside track on a top seed and, possibly, a share of the ACC title. But that’s relying on a weak Clemson team beating Miami (not gonna happen) and the Dukies winning on the (Tobacco) Road at Carolina (could happen).

A B1G Mess
By virtue of losing to Ohio State, Indiana jeopardizes what has been a mostly magical season. A loss at Michigan Sunday afternoon could be a crushing blow to the Hoosiers. If the Wolverines win, they move into the driver’s seat and would be the likely top seed in the Midwest. Indiana could still earn a top seed, but they’d need to win a few games in the conference tournament.

Who’s No. 1?
Should the Hoosiers pull off the win at A2, they’d all but cement the No. 1 seed in the Midwest and possibly move ahead of lame duck Gonzaga. And Indiana loss and a win over Carolina would probably move Duke to No. 1 in both the East Region as well as the overall rankings.

However…
If both Indiana and Duke lose this weekend and Kansas wins today, the Jayhawks would have a claim to No. 1 in the nation and the No. 1 seed in the South Region.

Big-Game Saturday
Syracuse at Georgetown, noon EST—Both teams need this to stay in the hunt. Hoyas stay in the top-seed race with a win.
* Duke at UNC, 9 p.m. EST —Heels poised to play spoiler this year.

Game of the Season
Indiana at Michigan, Sunday, 4 p.m. EST—Don’t be surprised if this is the second of three or, possibly, four meetings between these two programs this year. No question, this one is for more than the B1G title. It’s for the No. 1 seed in the Midwest.

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2 responses to “college hoops weekend…it all comes down to this.

  1. Sean Breslin

    I don’t know whether it’s extreme parity or a lot of mediocre basketball, but there seems to be about 20 teams in the discussion for No. 1 seeds in this year’s tourney.

  2. Nobody ran away with it as expected. And just when people thought teams were dead, they charge back. Gonzaga’s got the No. 1 seed in the West locked up.

    After that, it gets kinda muddy. I think Indiana, Duke, Kansas and Michigan will end up fighting it out for the three remaining top seeds. I’m pretty sure Georgetown couldn’t get No. 1 in the East Region since they’re the host school for it. I’m not sure if Kansas is restricted from getting the No. 1 seed in the South Region because the Big 12 is hosting it.

    Either way, we could see some major upsets along the way in the middle rounds of the Big Dance this year. It’s going to be fun.

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