There are several big games this weekend that will have an impact on both the top and bottom of the bracket, as we will find every weekend from here on out. There are only a few games on Sunday because of some other sport dominating that day — the Super Bowl? — so most of the action is on Saturday.
Notre Dame at North Carolina
The Tar Heels begin a stretch of games against six ranked teams in their final eight games against the Irish. The two unranked teams are on the bubble and those are road games. For North Carolina, this last month is a great opportunity to prove that it belongs on the top line of the bracket. Notre Dame is desperate to get back on track after losing three in a row. A loss on Saturday may mean the Irish are no longer ranked on Monday.
Kentucky at Florida
The Gators’ best win so far this season is at Arkansas. That’s not going to get it done if Florida wants a spot in the top half of the bracket, or if things go badly, in the bracket at all. The Gators won’t get a better chance to pick up a high quality win this season because the Wildcats are the only team in the SEC that provides that opportunity. Florida will have to make the return trip to Rupp eventually, but obviously, the Gators have a much better chance to win in Gainesville.