AP Top-25 Weekend Preivew February 27-28

We have made it through another week which means it is time for another top-25 weekend preview. This weekend is filled with a lot of intriguing matchups so let's jump right into the action!


5. Saturday 2/27 2:00 p.m. ESPN 23. Wisconsin Vs 5. Illinois


Even though the Wisconsin Badgers have lost three of their past five games over a three-week stretch those losses have come against some of the top teams in the nation that include a 77-62 loss at the hands of Luka Garza and the Iowa Hawkeyes, a loss to Michigan on Valentines Day, and they dropped a game to the Fighting Illini. But with those losses comes with being able to build metal and Grit and I believe Wisconsin will be ready for Illinois Saturday afternoon.


The Fighting Illini suffered their first loss in over a month to Michigan State 81-72 Tuesday night. After a dominant stretch, defeating top quad one teams such as Iowa, and Wisconsin but have come back down to earth against the Spartans. The loss came after it was announced that Ayo Dosunmu the team's leading scorer is out indefinitely with a facial injury. Before his injury, the junior was a force on the offensive side of the ball averaging 21 points six rebounds, and five assists per game. The Fighting Illini still have sophomore forward Kofi Cockburn at their disposal but losing Dosunmu is a major blow especially with Michigan and Ohio State right around the corner for Illinois after their matchup against the Badgers.


4. Saturday 2/27 12:00 p.m. CBS 14. Texas Vs. 18. Texas Tech


Texas Tech has had a rough stretch over the past couple of weeks losing their last three contests and most recently an overtime loss to Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders were helped to shooting just 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point land. They need to clean up their shooting if they want to have any shot against the Longhorns this weekend.


After a gut-wrenching 84-82 loss at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday afternoon, Texas was able to get back on track on Tuesday night defeating Kansas in overtime 75-72.. In the victory the Longhorns had five different players reach double figures in the contest This should be a great battle on Saturday afternoon to kick off the weekend's slate of games.


3. Saturday 2/27 4:00 p.m. CBSSN Boise State Vs. 22. San Diego State


The long-awaited matchup is finally here as the Bosie State Broncos get their licks against San Diego State. These two teams faced off Thursday night before their final regular-season matchup against each other on Saturday afternoon.


Other than their two-game slide against Nevada earlier on in the season the Broncos have been stout running straight through the Mountian West conference. This matchup will be a great preview for the Mountain West conference tournament which is coming in the next couple of weeks.


Just like Boise State, the Aztecs suffered a two-game slide in conference play to Utah State but other than that game they have been unstoppable running right through their conference. Matt Mitchell is leading the Aztecs in scoring with 15 points and five rebounds a game and looks to continue to put up impressive numbers on Saturday Afternoon.


2. Sunday 2/28 4:00 p.m. CBS 9. Iowa Vs. 4. Ohio State


Iowa has had a pretty impressive run as of late winning their last four games after a quick two-game skid but got blown out by Michigan Thursday night. This sets the team back as they run right into the Buckeyes Sunday afternoon. Iowa struggled from the floor against Michigan shooting 35 percent from the field and 31 percent from beyond the arc.


The Buckeyes dropped a game Thursday night to Michigan State and two of their starters were scoreless. EJ Liddell had 18 points in the loss. This game will be a good litmus test heading into the Big 10 conference tournament as both teams are looking to get back on track.


1. Saturday 2/27 8:00 p.m. ESPN 2. Baylor Vs. 17. Kansas


The Baylor Bears had a scare earlier this week as they narrowly defeated the Iowa State Cyclones 77-72 on Tuesday. But to the Bear's credit, they have missed considerable time due to Covid-19 and were able to defeat the Cyclones after just about a three-week layoff. Jared Butler is leading the team in points averaging just over 17 points per game.


After getting one of their biggest wins of the season and sweeping Texas Tech in the season series Kansas, unfortunately, dropped a game to Texas earlier this week. Even though the Jayhawks lost they still had solid contributions from their players as five different players reached double figures in the contest. This should be a very interesting game as the Jayhawks are looking to solidify their spot in the tournament as an at-large bid.

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