Daily Word: Colorado seeking resume-boosting upset of Arizona

Each weekday, our college hoops experts discuss the biggest issues, trends and themes in college basketball.

1. Which bubble team is more likely to pull an upset: Wisconsin at Iowa or Colorado hosting Arizona?

Andy Katz: Colorado. The Buffaloes and the Wildcats have created a bit of a rivalry lately. And Colorado is more desperate than Wisconsin.

John Gasaway: Put me down as one vote for the altitude, er, Colorado. The Buffaloes are 14-1 at home this season, and in Pac-12 play, they have hit 43 percent of their 3s in Boulder. Arizona will have its hands full.

Myron Medcalf: I'll take Wisconsin over Iowa. The Hawkeyes have perplexed defenses this season in part because they spread the floor with Peter Jok and Jarrod Uthoff wooing bigger defenders into unfamiliar regions on the court and creating open looks for everyone else. But the Hawkeyes are 14-for-43 from the 3-point line in the past two games. Those good looks haven't led to big shots from the perimeter. Plus, Wisconsin beat Maryland in College Park. The Badgers could get another big win at Iowa.

2. Mississippi State has quietly won three of its past four. After a big win against Kentucky, is Texas A&M in for a letdown game against the Bulldogs?

Katz: No letdown. But yes, the Bulldogs are much more of a factor here late in the season. That shouldn't be a surprise since they are more comfortable with first-year coach Ben Howland.

Gasaway: There won't be the same energy in Reed Arena as when UK came to town, but the Aggies should be able to take care of MSU. Howland's guys struggle at times on the defensive glass, and A&M's Tyler Davis could get some offensive boards.

Medcalf: Well, February has been a big letdown for Texas A&M, which was probably one he's-too-excited-so-we-should-give-him-a-tech call from losing Saturday to Kentucky. Don't let Saturday's result make you a believer in the Aggies, who have lost five of their past eight games. MSU probably won't win in College Station, but a Texas A&M loss would only surprise anyone who hasn't tracked its slide.

3. Is Washington-Oregon State an elimination game for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament?

Katz: I may be in the minority, but I think both need a lot more than just this game to be an at-large team. They need to go on a run in the Pac-12 tournament.

Gasaway: Probably not, and especially not for the visiting Huskies. Right now Joe Lunardi has both teams just outside the bracket, and this game probably won't jump to the top of the committee's discussion next month. That being said, a home loss to a fellow bubble team would do the Beavers' cause no favors.

Medcalf: Not an elimination game, but as others mentioned, an Oregon State home loss would not boost donations to the Wayne Tinkle Wants to Dance Fund. Last night, the Pac-12 distributed a press release that stated, "Seven teams vying for the Pac-12 title." Seven. It's almost March. We won't know anything about this league and its bids until the action starts at the conference tournament in Las Vegas.