March Madness: Possible NCAA tournament bids are at stake in these critical games
Here are Wednesday's most important games to watch:
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Arizona State vs. Colorado, 3 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 tournament: The Sun Devils have the resume to be in the field of 68. But playing in the 8-9 game in Las Vegas doesn’t scream tourney team. ASU should do itself a favor and win this game so it doesn’t find itself sweating out Selection Sunday. A showdown with Arizona would occur Thursday if the Sun Devils can get by the Buffaloes.
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU, Big 12 tournament: The Sooners looked like a title contender at the outset of the Big 12. Now, Oklahoma is fighting for its tournament life. The Cowboys have strong Big 12 wins with a sweep of Kansas and wins over Texas Tech and West Virginia. But the Cowboys don’t have the overall resume to warrant an at-large bid. The winner will take on Kansas in Kansas City. The loser is definitely going to be worried Sunday.
Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ACC tournament: Bonzie Colson is back in a big way. But beating Pitt twice in the past week isn’t going to impress the selection committee. The Irish have to show they can win a big game with Colson in the lineup. That means knocking off the Hokies in Brooklyn. The Irish may need to beat Duke, too, but let’s wait on that and see how this game develops.
Syracuse vs. North Carolina, 9 p.m ET, ESPN2, ACC tournament: The Orange beat Wake Forest in the first round. All that did was give the Orange a chance. Beat the Tar Heels in Brooklyn and it’s over. They’ll likely be in. But lose and the Orange will have to see if they did enough for the selection committee. A win over UNC would set up a meeting with Miami, a more than winnable game for Syracuse.
Oregon State vs. Washington, 9 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 tournament: The Huskies are clinging to a thread of a bid right now, likely on the outside looking in. Beat the Beavers and the Huskies have a pulse again. But Washington might have to advance to the semifinals, which would mean beating USC Thursday night, too.
Iowa State vs. Texas, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU, Big 12 tournament: Texas won a huge game without Mo Bamba against West Virginia. If the Longhorns want to get into the field they cannot lose this game. Texas may have to also beat Texas Tech in the quarterfinals to create some sort of separation among the middling Big 12 teams.