How time flies. A week from today, the Big East tourney starts in New York, thanks to the opening round featuring the bottom half of the league. In two weeks, we'll be watching the Opening Round game from Dayton.
Michigan State @ Indiana (ESPN, 7 EST) - Remember when this game meant something? Sure you do. It wasn't that long ago. Tonight, all that's really on the line is MSU's drive for a 2 seed and IU's dream of winning more than one conference game this season.
Cincinnati @ USF (ESPNU, 7 EST) - The Bearcats hopes are on life support after they completely collapsed in Syracuse Sunday afternoon. They cannot afford a loss to the lowly Bulls, who are lucky the Big East tourney expanded.
Virginia @ Clemson (CSN Mid-Atlantic+, SUN Sports, FS South, 7 EST) - Terrence Oglesby and the Tigers have fallen to fifth in the league after their loss to FSU Saturday. They look to rebound at home against a UVa squad who upset CU in OT in Charlottesville.
Kansas State @ Oklahoma State (ESPN2, 7:30 EST) - A win in their home finale would make the Cowboys 8-4 in their last 12. Unfortunately, they have to go to Norman for Bedlam, Part II on Saturday.
Georgetown @ St. John's (Big East/Altitude/MASN/MSG/CST/Full Court, 7;30 EST) - The Hoyas have life after their win over Nova Saturday. They close with two of the league's bottom feeders. Winless DePaul is on deck Saturday.
Florida State @ Duke (Raycom/Full Court, 8 EST) - The Seminoles are 9-5 in the league, but (surprisingly) haven't gotten a win over Duke, UNC, or Wake yet. The Blue Devils are still very much in play for a 2 seed, perhaps even a 1 depending on how the ACC regular season and tourney titles shake out.
Rutgers @ Syracuse (ESPNU, 8 EST) - The Orange close out their home slate before heading to Milwaukee for a big one Saturday afternoon. They can't be caught looking ahead against a team they beat by 16 in Piscataway.
Ohio State @ Iowa (Big Ten, 9 EST) - The Buckeyes have two winnable games (this one and Northwestern in Columbus Sunday) to get to 10 wins in the Big Ten. Not that 10 wins means anything (looks squarely at 9-7 Penn State).
Wake Forest @ Maryland (CSN Mid-Atlantic+, SUN Sports, FS South, 9 EST) - The Terps didn't stumble in Raleigh on Sunday. Now they have a chance to pick up another big home win before closing at UVa Saturday.
Utah @ New Mexico (the mtn., 9 EST) - The Lobos can tie the Utes (and with a win over Wyoming Wednesday, BYU) for the MWC lead.