Daily Word: Non-Kentucky edition
Every weekday, some of our college hoops experts discuss the biggest issues, trends and themes in and around college basketball.
1. What must North Carolina do to score the upset and even the season series with Duke?
Andy Katz: Be consistent. The Tar Heels should have won at Cameron Indoor Stadium. But they have had a hard time closing teams out. They need to get out and run. That's their strength.
C.L. Brown: I don't expect the Heels to score 62 points in the paint again, as they did in their first meeting at Duke, but they do have to score inside and get second-chance points to put themselves in a position to win. Carolina is at its best when it's winning the rebounding battle.
Myron Medcalf: The same thing UNC did on offense in the first game. Brice Johnson, Joel James and Kennedy Meeks collectively went 18-for-24 and grabbed 24 rebounds in the first matchup. If Marcus Paige had a subpar game as opposed to a horrible outing (2-for-11), the Tar Heels would have won. North Carolina doesn't have to change much on offense. But it can't allow Duke to shoot 50.8 percent from the field.
2. Which bubble team cannot afford a loss this weekend?
Katz: Pitt. The Panthers cannot afford to lose to Florida State and expect a bid. Pitt may need to do more in the ACC tournament, too.
Brown: Indiana. It was all good just a week ago. The Hoosiers seemed firmly planted in the at-large field, but they've dropped three of four. With Michigan State coming to Bloomington on Saturday, IU needs a win to stop the trend.
Medcalf: If Miami loses at Virginia Tech (2-15 ACC) on Saturday, it's over. The Hurricanes can't handle a bad loss. They've looked like an NIT team in recent weeks, but a loss to the Hokies would seal an NIT trip.
3. The NCAA tournament's first bid will be handed out on Saturday. Who's coming out of the Ivy League?
Katz: Harvard. The Crimson should knock off Yale on Friday night.
Brown: I'm going with Harvard too. The Crimson already beat both Yale and Brown on the road last month and can claim the Ivy League crown outright with a pair of wins this weekend. Harvard is 60-4 at home since the 2010-11 season.
Medcalf: Harvard. Tommy Amaker's squad has had a variety of struggles but has also been in this spot multiple times in recent years. Harvard wins.
Games To Watch
Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
Kansas' win over West Virginia on Tuesday gave the Jayhawks the outright Big 12 regular season championship, the 11th consecutive time they've won it. They'll head to Oklahoma without leading scorer Perry Ellis, who should return for the conference tournament.
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Virginia clinched its second consecutive regular-season ACC title when it beat Syracuse on Monday. And the Cavaliers did it without junior Justin Anderson (broken finger), who has missed the last seven games. Anderson will miss Saturday's game after undergoing an appendectomy.
Saturday, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
In the last meeting between these two teams, both teams controlled the game at different junctures. Duke led early before North Carolina let a 13-point lead go with less than 10 minutes remaining. Will a change of venue help the Tar Heels?