Busting Brackets

Bracketology 2024: Houston at Baylor highlights big power-conference games on Saturday

Feb 19, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Cougars guard Mylik Wilson (8) celebrates with guard
Feb 19, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Cougars guard Mylik Wilson (8) celebrates with guard / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Welcome to the weekend watchlist. Each week I will take a look at five games or storylines that should be on everyone's radar for the upcoming weekend. Sometimes these games will be some of the most high-profile ones but sometimes they will be some games that have a big impact on a team's season as they look toward March. Every Selection Sunday, we as fans and members of the media alike often have immediate questions when it comes to the final bracket. Such as, why is Team X seeded above Team Y? Or why did Team A get sent to a particular region over Team B?

Over the last few seasons college basketball has put more of an emphasis on having some marquee matchups early in the year to try and generate more interest in the midst of college football season. It has worked two-fold for the sport, it has gotten the sport more early exposure without having to wait until January for more eyes to turn towards them. It also has begun to debunk the myth that the regular season in college basketball is meaningless, especially with more high-profile matchups early in the year that are looked at in March as games that can highly impact seeding.

Games from the first tip in early November until the last conference tournament champion is crowned, every game has ramifications in one way or another regarding a team’s chances to play in March. That is why, every week the weekend watchlist will look at the most important games from a bracketology standpoint and how they will impact the teams playing.

Even though conference tournaments are two weeks away, there is plenty of regular season left for power conferences, which is the focus of this week’s watchlist. The three biggest games of the weekend feature six ranked teams that can make a big impression on the selection committee with a win. So, we’ll look at these three key matchups and the impact a win (or loss) could have on their resume and their seeding as the regular season winds down.