Colorado went from Pac-12 title contender to sixth place, courtesy of a four-game losing streak to wrap up the regular season. The Buffaloes will try to regain their form in the conference tournament, beginning with Wednesday nightâ€™s first-round clash with 11th-seeded Washington State at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Los Angeles Kings sit in last place in the Western Conference standings but will put their league-best six-game win streak on the line Wednesday against the visiting Ottawa Senators. The Kings won the first three contests of a rare nine-game homestand and have outscored their opponents at Staples Center 90-85 this season, while being outscored 122-84 away from home.
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The Colorado Avalanche have encountered a swarm of injury bugs this season and may have absorbed their biggest bite yet in the form of Nathan MacKinnon. The Hart Trophy contender sustained a lower-body injury Monday and could miss his first game of the season when Colorado - already without six key contributors - hosts the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
The St. Louis Blues have cooled off with losses in two of three after enjoying an eight-game winning streak and look to start moving forward again when they visit the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. The Blues lost at New Jersey on Friday before blanking Chicago 2-0 and could not get the job done Monday in a 2-1 loss at home against Florida to remain two points up on second-place Colorado in the Central Division.
After closing the regular season with back-to-back losses, Xavier finds itself as the No. 7 seed in the Big East tournament. The Musketeers begin play at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday when they face 10th-seeded DePaul in the opening round of the event.
Arkansas looks to make up for a disappointing second half of the season when it faces Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC tournament in Nashville Wednesday. The No. 11 seed Razorbacks started the season 14-2 but come into this one having dropped seven of their last 10, while the 14th-seeded Commodores are on a two-game winning streak.
Denied in their bid to move into a tie with Vegas atop the Pacific, the Edmonton Oilers resume their bid for a division title when they continue a four-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. The Oilers dropped three points behind the first-place Golden Knights after suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to visiting Vegas on Monday.
North Carolina may be the 14th seed in this season's ACC tournament, but no team may be no more dangerous than the streaking Tar Heels. North Carolina blasted Virginia Tech 78-56 with a dominant second half to win for the fourth time in five games after a seven-game losing streak, and now will play sixth-seeded Syracuse on Wednesday in the second round at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum.
Stanford looks to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive on Wednesday when the seventh-seeded Cardinal face 10th-seeded California in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. Stanford likely needs at least two wins at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas after losing back-to-back games to the Oregon schools last week.
TCU showed some improvement down the stretch following a brutal midseason slump, and the Horned Frogs hope to make some noise in the Big 12 Tournament. They enter the event as the No. 7 seed and will take on 10th-seeded Kansas State in a first-round matchup Wednesday night in Kansas City, Mo.
No. 11 seed Indiana looks to solidify its spot in March Madness when it takes on 14th-seeded Nebraska in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Hoosiers missed a chance to cement a berth in the NCAA Tournament after blowing a seven-point lead with seven minutes remaining in the 60-56 loss to 19th-ranked Wisconsin on Sunday, and they hope to avoid a potential resume-crippling loss to the Cornhuskers.
The Chicago Blackhawks saw their offense turn it up a notch during a four-game winning streak only to malfunction over the last two contests. After mustering just one goal in back-to-back losses, the Blackhawks aim to get back on track Wednesday when they host the San Jose Sharks.
Georgia and Ole Miss have endured disappointing seasons entering their first-round matchup in the SEC tournament Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn., but both rosters feature a player who can take over a game offensively. Anthony Edwards earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 19.5 points in the regular season for 13th-seeded Georgia, while Breein Tyree averaged 19.7 points and landed on the All-SEC first team for the 12th-seed Rebels.
Longtime rivals No. 9 seed St. John's and No. 8 seed Georgetown, teams that need to run the table in the Big East Tournament to make the NCAAs, open play in the first round Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Hoyas and the Red Storm have met on 115 occasions, including nine times in the Big East Tournament.
Seventh-seeded Notre Dame rebounded from a slow start to finish at .500 in league play and looks to turn some heads at the ACC Tournament starting Wednesday when it meets injury-plagued Boston College for a second-round matchup in Greensboro, N.C. The Fighting Irish won four of their final six games, including a 64-56 victory at home Saturday against Virginia Tech, and the 10th-seeded Eagles have lost five in a row.
Oklahoma State authored the biggest in-season turnaround in the Big 12, recovering from an 0-8 start to win seven of its final 10 league games. The Cowboys will try to carry their momentum into the postseason when they enter the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 8 seed against ninth-seeded Iowa State in a Wednesday evening first-round matchup in Kansas City, Mo.
No. 12 seed Minnesota looks to build off its most explosive display of the season when it faces 13th-seeded Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Golden Gophers set a new program record for the most 3-pointers in a single game with 18 in the 107-75 rout of Nebraska on Sunday, and they hope to ride the momentum to their third straight win over the Wildcats in 2019-20.
Arizona started the season 9-0 and had the look of a team that could go far in the NCAA Tournament, but inconsistent play has resulted in an 11-11 record since. The fifth-seeded Wildcats try to erase a 1-4 regular-season finish and quickly exact revenge from No. 12 seed Washington on Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
Oregon State and Utah tip off the festivities in Las Vegasâ€™ T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday afternoon as they meet in the 8-9 game of the Pac-12 tournament. The winner boosts its NIT hopes and advances to get a quarterfinal shot Thursday at top-seeded Oregon.
Perhaps no team in the country has been on the bubble the last two years as much as North Carolina State. The fifth-seeded Wolfpack, who fell short last year after also finishing 9-9 in the league, open the ACC Tournament on Wednesday at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum needing a win against 13th-seeded Pittsburgh and another over fourth-seeded Duke in the quarterfinals to make a strong case for an NCAA Tournament berth this season.