Viewer's Guide: Are any power-conference teams on upset alert?

North Dakota State's Taylor Braun is averaging 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists. (USATSI)
North Dakota State's Taylor Braun is averaging 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists. (USATSI)

Tuesday had a couple of marquee matchups, but it wasn’t a deep slate. Wednesday has a slew of solid games, but no true highlight matchups. However, there are some quality games involving teams likely to end up as double-digit seeds in the NCAA tournament.

Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP Poll.

Best game: North Dakota State Bison at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7 p.m., ESPNU). This could be a matchup of two future NCAA tournament teams. North Dakota State has won four in a row and is the favorite in the Summit League, while Notre Dame has won back-to-back games since falling at Iowa Hawkeyes last week. The Bison are led by the inside-outside duo of Taylor Braun and Marshall Thundering Herd Bjorklund" data-canon="Marshall Bjorklund" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_PLAYER" id="shortcode0">, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see if they do well inside against Notre Dame’s perimeter-based lineup. On the other side, North Dakota State’s defense has been pretty poor this season – Notre Dame should be able get whatever it wants at that end of the floor.

Second-best game: New Mexico State Aggies at No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (9 p.m., Pac-12 Network). Arizona moved to the top of the rankings for the first time in 10 years this week, and the Wildcats will look to keep that momentum going against New Mexico State. They are sitting at 9-0, while New Mexico State is coming off a three-game losing streak. Daniel Mullings will have to have a big night from the perimeter, while Arizona’s big frontourt needs to deal with 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar . The Aggies get to the free-throw line at a high rate, but their defense leaves something to be desired. Arizona should move to 10-0.

Another one to watch: Boston University Terriers at George Washington Colonials (7 p.m.). This is going to be an interesting contest. Boston University should be the favorite in the Patriot League, with Maurice Watson and D.J. Irving on the perimeter and Dom Morris on the inside. George Washington is one of the surprise teams of the season, starting 8-1 with wins over Creighton and Maryland. In order to pull the upset, BU will have to get hot from 3-point range, while also keeping GW off the offensive glass.

Guaranteed win: Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers at No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (8 p.m.). Milwaukee has actually been pretty decent this season, beating Davidson and Northern Iowa en route to a 9-2 start. However, that third loss is on its way Wednesday. Wisconsin is playing some of the best basketball in the country, and might have a better collection of wins than anyone.

Three things to keep an eye on:

  1. Bryant University Bulldogs has a very good inside-outside duo in Dyami Starks and Alex Francis , but the Bulldogs will struggle at No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network).
  2. Expect plenty of points in Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9 p.m.). Northwestern State Demons plays the fastest tempo in the country, while Tech has a long list of scorers.
  3. Fairfield Stags at Belmont Bruins was canceled due to snow. 
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