Which games this week will have the biggest Bracketology impact? There are a few mid-major heavyweight battles to keep an eye on.
Senior Night is approaching for a number of NCAA Basketball programs this week. And with less than a month before Selection Sunday, Bracketology comes even more into play. As usual, there are some huge games for this week’s slate, including several featuring the No. 1 and 2 teams in league standings. But there are some that have huge implications on the NCAA Tournament seeding.
Here are the 10 most consequential games to watch out for this week:
10. Oregon (20-6, 9-4) at Arizona State (17-8, 8-4) – Thursday, Feb 20
It’s the last remaining set of road games for the Oregon Ducks, who have to travel to Arizona this week for a pair. The premier matchup for Oregon is on Saturday against Arizona but they can’t overlook Arizona State, who is on a roll after winning five straight games.
The Sun Devils have put themselves in position to make the NCAA Tournament but with a NET ranking of 50, they’ll need another Quad 1 win to feel secure. This game against the Ducks is the last guaranteed Quad 1 chance in the regular season and the schedule could play into their favor in this one. Meanwhile, a 2-0 week for Oregon could put them back into top-4 seed status.
9. Furman (22-5, 12-2) at East Tennessee State (23-4, 12-2) – Wed, Feb 18
Thanks to Wofford’s 0-2 week, it’s a three-way battle for the top of the SoCon, with these two teams and UNC-Greensboro (11-3) for the regular-season title. But there’s even more on the line for ETSU, who has won five straight games and have found themselves on the positive side of the bubble. Of the three teams, only the Buccaneers have at-large hopes currently.
If they can beat Furman on Wednesday, it’ll be another important Quad 2 win for their resume, the last one they’ll get unless these two somehow meet up in the SoCon tournament semifinals. The Paladins got the win over East Tennessee State in the first go-around but now at home, the Buccaneers should have the edge this time.