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Going in to the last weekend of college basketball’s regular season, the American, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Mountain West and SEC are all still up for grabs. In fact, only Washington of the PAC-12 has yet claimed a major conference crown.
Bitter rivals, Michigan and Michigan State, were briefly united in joy Tuesday night, as Minnesota upset Big Ten leader Purdue. Now, the winner of their Saturday night grudge match can claim at least a share of the conference title.
Duke’s Zion Williamson is unlikely to play in Saturday afternoon’s rematch with arch-rival North Carolina. Coach Mike Krzyzewski does expect him back for postseason play, however. Should Virginia slip up against Louisville, the winner of this game will claim the #1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament.
Assuming both teams can take care of Thursday’s business, the American championship could also come down to a head-to-head matchup Sunday. The #12 Houston Cougars host SMU, while #20 Cincinnati visits #25 UCF. That would set up a winner-take-all between the Cougars and Bearcats in Cincy.
“ This next free throw is worth $50,000.” Many smaller conferences have already played out their regular seasons. For teams in these one-bid leagues, each desperate for an NCAA Tournament automatic berth, their entire season comes down to these three days in March.