Mark your calendar: 30 games to watch in conference play
Here are 30 games that could decide regular-season championships -- and seeding in the NCAA tournament.
|When Indiana faces Michigan on the final day of the season, there could be plenty on the line. (US Presswire)|
When doing midseason look-aheads for college football, it’s easy to pick out the games that matter going forward. After all, the regular season shapes the national championship game, so there are normally one or two games every weekend that actually have an impact on which two teams play for the title. In college basketball, it’s obviously different. It’s difficult to project which games over the final couple weeks of the season will be bubble battles, and which games will be mostly irrelevant toward the NCAA tournament hunt and the conference race. With that said, the 2012-13 season is shaping up to feature a wild conference campaign with far more questions than answers heading into the meat and potatoes of the season.
We hope these 30 games provide some insight into how the final standings will look.
5. Wichita State at Creighton (March 2): Wichita State was supposed to be down this season, but the Shockers are neck-and-neck with Creighton. MVC could be decided.
8. Michigan at Indiana (Feb. 2): Both teams could still be in the top five or 10 by this time, and the winner gets a big edge in the Big Ten title race.
9. Syracuse at Louisville (Jan. 19): While the second meeting between the two could decide the Big East, the first one will also be heavily-anticipated.
13. Notre Dame at Syracuse (Feb. 4): Notre Dame has been flying under the radar, but a win in the Carrier Dome would go a long way toward establishing legitimacy.
14. Florida at Missouri (Feb. 19): Because the SEC is so bad toward the bottom of the league, both teams could still be in the top 10 when this game is played.
15. San Diego State at UNLV (Feb. 16): The Mountain West regular-season title could be on the line, or a knockout punch could be landed by whichever team won the first meeting.
16. Creighton at Wichita State (Jan. 19): The second meeting could decide the regular-season title, but this one will be a big first step for the winner.
19. Duke at North Carolina (March 9): Doesn’t matter how much UNC is struggling right now -- this game is always must-watch television.
20. Michigan at Minnesota (Jan. 17): Michigan has to play at Ohio State before this one, but the Wolverines could still be undefeated. Minnesota would get some pop with a win here.
21. Duke at Maryland (Feb. 16): Maryland had a gaudy nonconference record, but the talent is there. Moreover, this is a fun head-to-head series that’s about to end.
22. Syracuse at Georgetown (March 9): The Hoyas are a potential third-place team in the Big East, but the bigger picture story is the rivalry coming to a close.
23. San Diego State at Wyoming (Jan. 19): Will Wyoming still be undefeated at this point? If so, the Cowboys can stake their claim with a big home win over the Aztecs.
27. Illinois at Michigan State (Jan. 31): The jury is still out on Illinois, despite its win over Ohio State. Will either of these teams be in the mix for first place by this point?
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