We take a look at where some local college basketball teams stand and what they have left as the regular season winds down:
Feb 21 - @Mississippi St. - 9:00 PM
Feb 25 - Vanderbilt - 12:00 PM
Mar 1 - Georgia - 9:00 PM
Mar 4 - @Florida - 12:00 PM
Outlook: Winners of 18 straight, the top-ranked Wildcats must face the next best three teams in the SEC over their last four games. That will include two road tilts at Mississippi State and Florida. They would have to absolutely collapse to lose a grip on a No. 1 seed, but the tournament’s top overall seed is well within reach.
Feb 23 - Louisville - 9:00 PM
Feb 26 - @South Florida - 12:00 PM
Feb 29 - Marquette - 7:00 PM
Mar 3 - @Villanova - 2:00 PM
Outlook: As ugly as Saturday’s win over Seton Hall was the victory propelled the Bearcats up 14 spots in the RPI rankings. It has been a roller coaster season for UC resulting in them being dead smack of the middle of the Big East standings. The November loss to Presbyterian (264th) is still hurting them. Every game is an important one for the Bearcats, who are squarely on the bubble.
Feb 21 - @Massachusetts - 7:00 PM
Feb 25 - Richmond - 8:00 PM
Feb 28 - @St. Louis - 9:00 PM
Mar 3 - Charlotte - 2:00 PM
Outlook: After being as ranked as high as eight in the polls earlier in the Year, Xavier has gone just 9-9 over their last 18 games. The Musketeers’ best win came at Vanderbilt, but they fell to Temple, Gonzaga, St. Louis and Memphis since. That leaves them with just a 1-4 mark against teams currently in the top 30 in the latest RPI rankings and with little margin for error. A road win against St. Louis would do wonders to their tournament resume.
Feb 23 - @Cincinnati - 9:00 PM
Feb 26 - Pittsburgh - 2:00 PM
Feb 29 - South Florida - 7:00 PM
Mar 3 - @Syracuse - 4:00 PM
Outlook: Four of the Cardinals’ six losses come to teams currently ranked in the top 15 in the latest RPI (UK, Syracuse, Marquette, and Georgetown). The three best wins all came at home to Memphis, UConn, and Vandy. There is plenty at stake for U of L headed down the stretch they could climb to a No. 2 seed with a strong finish or fall to a No. 6 if they stumble.
OHIO STATE (22-5)
Feb 21 - Illinois - 7:00 PM
Feb 26 - Wisconsin - 4:00 PM
Feb 29 - @Northwestern - 8:30 PM
Mar 4 - @Michigan St. - 12:00 PM
Outlook: Their loss at home to Michigan State could have dampened the Buckeyes shot at the No. 1 overall seed, but that doesn’t mean a No. 1 seed is out of the question. The road is going to be tough ahead though. In addition to rematch with the Spartans they also get a chance to avenge a loss vs. Illinois and have tilts with very capable Wisconsin and Northwestern teams ahead. Worst-case scenario Ohio State is a No. 4 seed, but a No. 2 seed is most likely.
Feb 22 - N.C. Central - 7:00 PM
Feb 26 - @Minnesota - 1:00 PM
Feb 28 - Michigan St. - 7:00 PM
Mar 4 - Purdue - 6:00 PM
Outlook: The Hoosiers are headed back to the Dance. That’s the most important thing. With big wins over Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan under their belt look for them to work their way into the field as a No. 3 to No. 5 seed based off finish. The schedule is weak down the stretch so to move up they’ll need to make some noise in the Big Ten tournament.