A new Bracketology NCAA Tournament projected bracket was released on Friday, and the lower you go in the bracket, the less stable it becomes. Nobody on the top two lines lost this week, but that will undoubtedly change this weekend. On Saturday, there are a number of major games that do not feature bubble teams. Here’s a rundown of some of the most important games, organized by release date.
(2) Purdue at. (7) Michigan State | ESPN, fuboTV | 12 p.m. (Try for free)
Michigan State, like Xavier, is moving in the wrong direction. In addition, the Spartans have dropped five of their previous six games, including a thrashing at Iowa on Wednesday. MSU, like Xavier, is not presently in danger of missing the tournament, but they will go to Michigan and Ohio State after this game.
For the Boilermakers, another Big Ten title and a chance at a No. 1 seed are on the table. If they are to achieve either of those objectives, there is very little room for error.
2 p.m. | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App | (2) Kentucky vs. (6) Arkansas | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)
This is a clash between the SEC’s two hottest teams. The Wildcats have won eight of their last nine games, including the last two without starting guards TyTy Washington Jr. and Sahvir Wheeler. Kentucky still has a chance to win the SEC tournament and earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Arkansas has screamed up the bracket in recent weeks, winning 12 of their last 13 games. After not being in the bracket at all a few weeks ago, the Razorbacks are suddenly a No. 6 seed. They could be one of those under-seeded teams that you don’t want to face in the tournament.