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Big conference races heading down to the wire in ultimate week


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An unprecedented working day of chaos led to adjustments just about almost everywhere in the WHD Top 25, besides the leading two spots.

It also tightened up important conference races throughout the place.

Heading into the last week of the frequent period, the 1st-location staff in every single undecided league except the Pac-12 has a lead of one match or a lot less. The Pac-12 has not been resolved, either No. 2 Arizona qualified prospects No. 16 Southern California by 1 1/2 video games, but has 3 games this 7 days.

In the Major East, No. 9 Providence clinched the typical-period title around the weekend.

To say it really is likely to be a large 7 days in the WHD Major 25 is an understatement.

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ACC

No. 4 Duke will participate in just one of the most important video games in Cameron Indoor Stadium historical past on Saturday. Not only is it from North Carolina, it will be the closing property match in the storied vocation of coach Mike Krzyzewski.

It could make a decision the ACC regular-period title, as well.

The Blue Devils (25-4, 15-3, ACC) moved up 3 spots in this week’s poll and gave themselves a 1-game guide more than Notre Dame by beating Syracuse on Saturday.

Duke also performs at Pittsburgh on Tuesday in its bid to earn the ACC standard-time title for the very first time due to the fact 2010.

The Irish play Florida Point out on Wednesday, Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Big 12

No. 3 Baylor took a significant move in tightening the Big 12 race with its 80-70 gain in excess of No. 6 Kansas on Saturday. The Bears, who climbed 7 places in Monday’s WHD Major 25, then took more than the convention direct by a 50 percent-match with Monday night’s 68-61 win above Texas.

Baylor hosts Iowa Point out on Saturday.

Kansas (23-5, 12-3 Huge 12) has three game titles left in its bid to earn at minimum a share of its 20th Big 12 title in 26 several years. The Jayhawks perform TCU, which beat No. 12 Texas Tech last week, in consecutive video games and near out the standard season at home in opposition to Texas on Saturday.

Texas Tech is 1 1/2 online games back of Baylor soon after beating Kansas State on Monday evening and closes the year versus Oklahoma Condition on Saturday.

Large 10

When seven of the top 10 teams shed on Saturday, No. 10 Wisconsin (23-5, 14-4 Major 10) kept its hold on the Huge 10 direct with a earn towards Rutgers.

The Badgers guide by a activity over No. 8 Purdue and No. 20 Illinois, but facial area a large exam in opposition to the Boilermakers on Tuesday. Wisconsin closes out the frequent season at house towards Nebraska on Sunday.

No. 8 Purdue (24-5, 13-5) skipped out on a major opportunity in Saturday’s chaos, losing to Michigan Point out 68-65. That dropped the Boilermakers 7 spots in this week’s poll and most likely off the No. 1 seed line in the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue finishes the normal period Saturday at property versus Indiana.

Illinois (20-8, 13-5) hosts Penn Point out on Thursday and No. 24 Iowa Sunday.

PAC-12

Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis, left, drives the lane as Colorado guard Luke O'Brien, center, and forward Jabari Walker, right, defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Boulder, Colo.

Arizona ahead Azuolas Tubelis, left, drives the lane as Colorado guard Luke O’Brien, heart, and forward Jabari Walker, right, protect in the first 50 % of an NCAA university basketball match Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Boulder, Colo.
(WHD Picture/David Zalubowski)

No. 2 Arizona charge itself a shot at securing at minimum a share of the Pac-12 standard-year title with its lackluster reduction at Colorado on Saturday.

The Wildcats (25-3, 15-2 Pac-12) however have 1 1/2-sport lead in the convention, but encounter a difficult make-up activity at Southern California on Tuesday. Arizona closes out the regular time at dwelling from Stanford on Thursday and California Saturday.

The Trojans (25-4, 14-4) conclusion the common period in opposition to No. 17 UCLA in a rivalry activity Saturday.

SEC

The SEC has a 4-workforce race going down to the wire.

No. 13 Tennessee (21-7, 12-4, SEC) tightened things up on Saturday by beating No. 5 Auburn 67-62.

The Tigers (25-4, 13-3) direct the Vols, No. 7 Kentucky and No. 14 Arkansas by a 50 %-activity. Auburn closes out the normal year with road game titles versus Mississippi Point out and South Carolina.

The Wildcats (23-6, 12-4) perform Ole Skip and Florida. The Razorbacks (23-6, 12-4) face LSU and close out the normal time in opposition to Tennessee, which also has a sport from Georgia.

Auburn clinches with two wins this 7 days, but things could get intricate if it loses either one.

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