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Washington St. Cougars vs. Colorado Buffaloes Preview and Predictions

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 night’s first-round clash with 11th-seeded Washington State at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Xavier Musketeers Preview and Predictions

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.

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Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Preview and Predictions

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.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Syracuse Orange Preview and Predictions

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.

California Golden Bears vs. Stanford Cardinal Preview and Predictions

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.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs Preview and Predictions

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.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Indiana Hoosiers Preview and Predictions

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.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Mississippi Rebels Preview and Predictions

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.

St. John's Red Storm vs. Georgetown Hoyas Preview and Predictions

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.

Boston College Eagles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview and Predictions

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.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Preview and Predictions

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.

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview and Predictions

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.

Washington Huskies vs. Arizona Wildcats Preview and Predictions

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.

Utah Utes vs. Oregon St. Beavers Preview and Predictions

Oregon State and Utah tip off the festivities in Las Vegas’ 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.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. NC State Wolfpack Preview and Predictions

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.

Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs. Clemson Tigers Preview and Predictions

Clemson and Miami closed out 2019 with a New Year's Eve matchup - won in overtime 73-68 by the Hurricanes - and now they face off in the second round of the ACC tournament Wednesday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The Tigers come in as the eighth seed after a disappointing regular-season finish in which they lost two straight and three of their last four, while the Hurricanes are No. 9 following a 69-65 overtime triumph against Syracuse on Saturday that halted their three-game ski

St. Mary's Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Preview and Predictions

Second-ranked Gonzaga returns to the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament for a 23rd consecutive year Tuesday night. The Zags will be trying to cut down the nets for the 17th time during that span when they face the team that defeated them in last year's title game - third-seeded Saint Mary's - at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Preview and Predictions

Roy Williams could be excused if he decided enough was enough with his squad that will almost assuredly post a losing record for the first time in his distinguished coaching career and a potential No. 1 recruiting class on its way, but North Carolina isn't playing like a team ready to call it a year of late. The 14th-seeded Tar Heels hope to extend their season a bit longer Tuesday when they meet No. 11 seed Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview and Predictions

With rumors swirling about the future of Wake Forest coach Danny Manning, the 12th-seeded Demon Deacons meet No. 13 Pitt on Tuesday in the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. There was a report posted last week that Manning, who has won one ACC Tournament game in his first five seasons and is 6-49 in ACC road games during his tenure, is negotiating a buyout of his contract that runs through 2024-25.

St. Mary's Gaels vs. Brigham Young Cougars Preview and Predictions

Fifteenth-ranked BYU and Saint Mary's have already played a couple nailbiters this season, so their West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal meeting in Las Vegas on Monday should provide more of the same. The second-seeded Cougars, who have won nine straight, received a bye into the semifinals and haven't played since Feb. 29 while the No. 3 seed Gaels are coming off an 89-82 double-overtime victory over Pepperdine in Saturday's quarterfinals.