A half game behind UConn in the Big East, Sam Young, DeJuan Blair (pictured) and Pitt travel to Providence to take on a Friars squad that's lost five of its last seven conference games. Despite the recent struggles, Providence remains in the thick of the standings, and, with a strong finish, can punch its postseason ticket.
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UConn at Marquette
The Huskies bounced back from a tough loss to Pitt with a strong showing against South Florida. They look to keep rolling against Jerel McNeal (pictured) and a Marquette that's riding a three-game winning streak heading into the Big East showdown.
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Duke at Maryland
Coming off an 88-85 overtime win over North Carolina, Gary Williams' Terrapins play host to another team from Tobacco Road Wednesday when Duke comes to College Park. After dropping three of four, Gerald Henderson (pictured) and the Blue Devils have won back-to-back games, and look to stay hot in this important ACC contest.
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Arizona State at Washington
The top two teams in the Pac-10 square off Thursday when James Harden's (pictured) Arizona State squad meets Washington. Led by Jon Brockman (14.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game), the Huskies hold a half-game conference lead over the Sun Devils.
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Ohio State at Purdue
In a contest of teams moving in opposite directions, Purdue (winners of four straight) travels to Ohio to take on Evan Turner (pictured) and the Buckeyes, losers of three straight. With four games remaining in their regular season schedule, Ohio State needs a strong finish to secure an NCAA berth.
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Temple at Dayton
With conferences like the Big East and ACC gobbling up tournament bids, the A-10 might be limited to one or two berths. With that in mind, this matchup between two of the league's top three teams is critical. Led by Dionte Christmas (pictured), Temple will try to build on its seven-game winning streak against the Flyers, who lost a tough contest with St. Louis last week.
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Notre Dame at UConn
With a No. 1 tournament seed on the line, every UConn contest is a critical one. Despite a seven-game losing streak earlier this season, Luke Harangody (pictured) and Notre Dame can still make a postseason run, too, but punching that ticket might require a win over Hasheem Thabeet and the Huskies.
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Missouri at Kansas
Tied with Oklahoma atop the Big 12, Cole Aldrich (pictured) and the Jayhawks face one of their last big tests when Missouri comes calling. As the calendar officially turns to March, tournament seeding is on the line in a game that would break a logjam atop the conference.
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Michigan State at Illinois
Led by a balanced attack that boasts four players averaging double-digits in scoring, the Illini have racked up an impressive 10-5 conference record. They look to avenge an earlier loss to Michigan State when the Spartans travel to Champaign for senior day.
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