There are six Top 25 teams in action on Wednesday night. With four of the ranked squads partaking in road games, there are quite a few chances for upsets. However, the real upset would have the ranked teams remain unscathed for a night. With the Virginia Cavaliers using a last second 3-pointer to knock off Wake Forest, and Indiana losing to Wisconsin in overtime, Tuesday almost had a pair of ranked teams go down to unranked foes. Instead, only the Hoosiers had to feel the wrath of having a number beside their name.
No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (17-2) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (9-10)
Interestingly enough, the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies are only a three point favorite over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Currently, the Aggies have at least a two game lead over the rest of the SEC. In fact, the Aggies have not lost a game since the first week of December. They are on a 10 game winning streak, but they have a showdown with Iowa State coming up. It would be easy to overlook the under .500 Razorbacks. However, championship caliber teams should be able to take care of business against opponents with a three game losing streak.
No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats (15-4) vs. Missouri Tigers (8-11)
The Wildcats haven’t had problems getting up for the big games. It’s been the games against inferior opponents that have John Calipari’s troops down. Right now, the Wildcats are tied for third in the SEC, but all of their losses have come against unranked foes. However, they shouldn’t have any problems with Missouri. Like the Aggies, the Wildcats have a huge non-conference match up against the Big 12. They face off with the Kansas Jayhawks this weekend. Will the Wildcats have their complete focus tonight?
No. 16 Louisville Cardinals (16-3) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (12-8)
This has potential to be the best game of the night. The Hokies are right on the cusp of making the NCAA Tournament this season, and protecting home court would be a great help. They’ve lost their last two games (Notre Dame, North Carolina) by a combined seven points, and their following two games are on the road.
Meanwhile, Louisville is trying to keep pace with the top of the ACC. The Cardinals are one game behind the Tar Heels in conference play. If Louisville wins tonight, they’ll be in the ACC race throughout. If they lose, they’ll need plenty of help to earn the top seed in conference.
No. 21 Purdue Boilermakers (17-4) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-14)
The Boilermakers are coming off of a loss to Iowa, but everybody loses to the Big Ten’s best team nowadays. The road game at Minnesota is a must-win. Why? Their schedule gets extremely tough in the next couple of weeks. With three conference losses, the Boilermakers will either make a run or become a middle of the pack team in the Big Ten.
No. 17 Baylor Bears (15-4) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-9)
Three of Baylor’s losses have come to top five teams. They are right in the middles of a crazy conference race. Three teams have two conference losses, while Iowa State and Kansas each have three conference losses. This is a game the Bears cannot give away. Oklahoma State has gone (5-1) in their last six games, but their victory came over Kansas.
No. 22 Wichita State Shockers (14-5) vs. Loyola Chicago Ramblers (9-11)
The Shockers aren’t quite running away with the Missouri Valley, but they are undefeated in conference play. Only one of the games have been decided by single digits. This should be another blowout victory.