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Looking ahead to final weekend of regular season

It's crunch time as the regular season comes to a close this weekend with some teams hoping to bolster their NCAA tournament resumes before their conference tournaments. Also, the first automatic bids will be handed out.

The only change in Saturday's bracket is that Harvard is back in as the Ivy leader, replacing Princeton, which lost Friday night at Yale. Harvard could clinch the title Saturday night if it beats Cornell and the Tigers lose at Brown.

The Atlantic Sun and Ohio Valley will decide their champions Saturday night as the top two seeds in each league face off. Florida Gulf Coast plays at Mercer for the A-Sun title, while Murray State and Belmont meet in Nashville for the OVC crown.

On Sunday, the Big South and Missouri Valley conferences play their title games. That MVC game could have at-large implications as well.

Miami will try a third time to clinch the outright ACC title when it hosts Clemson on Saturday. Duke is at North Carolina hoping to get a share. On Sunday, Maryland is at Virginia in a game of fringe bubblers.

The Big Ten title race could get messy if Michigan beats Indiana on Sunday. Those two would tie for the league championship and would be joined by Michigan State and Ohio State, if they also won.

Big 12 co-leaders Kansas and Kansas State both hit the road, facing Baylor and Oklahoma State, respectively. The Jayhawks hold the tiebreaker if it's needed because of a season sweep of the Wildcats. Iowa State will try to do something unusual -- win on the road. The Cyclones are at West Virginia in an important game for their at-large case.

Boise State hosts San Diego State in a big game for the Broncos' at-large chances.

There are also two huge games for SEC bubblers. Tennessee hosts Missouri and Kentucky plays Florida in what could be make-or-break games for both teams.

Finally, in the WAC, Louisiana Tech is at Denver with the regular season title at stake. The Bulldogs win the title outright if they win, but Denver ties if the Bulldogs lose. A foot of snow could fall on Denver, although the game is expected to be played.

 
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