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Championship Week Preview: Day 13

Big 12 Basketball Tournament - Baylor v Kansas

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09: Perry Jones III #1 and Pierre Jackson #55 of the Baylor Bears celebrate in the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Over the next 13 days, the brackets will start to take shape. Teams with no at-large aspirations will make one final push at the post-season. Teams on the bubble will look to assert themselves as worthy members of “The Big Dance”, and contenders will start priming their engines for a national Championship run. While “March Madness” officially begins following Selection Sunday, the real madness starts now.

Until Sunday, March 11, this will be your home for Championship Week recaps and previews. The players and teams are starting to prepare for March Madness, so you should too.

Game of the Night: Xavier vs. Saint Louis
This is a classic bubble eliminator. Unless the game is decided in overtime, the loser is likely headed to the N.I.T. Both teams excelled in non-conference play but were unable to sustain momentum during league play. Which team will be able to “Zip ‘em up”?

Player to Watch: Perry Jones III, Baylor
The sensational sophomore has registered 49 points and 18 rebounds in the previous two games, and looks to be gaining the consistency he lacked during the regular season. He put up big numbers against Kansas, and a win against Missouri in the Big-XII title game would do wonders for this teams confidence and mental toughness.

Miscellaneous Madness: Selection Sunday is roughly 24 hours away. Need I say more?

Saturday Schedule:

America East Conference Finals
11:00AM - #2 Vermont at #1 Stony Brook

Atlantic Coast Conference Semifinals
1:00PM - #5 North Carolina State vs. #1 North Carolina
3:00PM -#3 Florida State vs. #2 Duke

Atlantic-10 Conference Semifinals
1:00PM - #8 Massachusetts vs. #4 St. Bonaventure’s
3:30PM - #3 Xavier vs. #2 Saint Louis

Big East Conference Finals
9:00PM - #7 Louisville vs. #4 Cincinnati

Big-Ten Conference Semifinals
1:40PM - #4 Wisconsin vs. #1 Michigan State
3:30PM - #2 Ohio State vs. #2 Michigan

Big-XII Conference Finals
5:00PM - #4 Baylor vs. #1 Missouri

Big West Finals
10PM - #3 Santa Barbara vs. #1 Long Beach State

Conference-USA Finals
10:30AM - #5 Marshall vs. #1 Memphis

Mid-American Conference Finals
8:00PM - #3 Ohio vs. #1 Akron

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Finals
1:00PM - #4 Bethune-Cookman vs. #2 Norfolk State

Mountain West Conference Finals
7:00PM - #2 New Mexico vs. #1 San Diego State

Pac-12 Conference Finals
6:00PM - #6 Colorado vs. #4 Arizona

Southeastern Conference Semifinals
1:00PM - #4 Florida vs. #1 Kentucky
3:30PM - #7 Ole Miss vs. #3 Vanderbilt

Southland Conference Finals
3:00PM - #4 McNeese State vs. #3 Lamar

Southwestern Athletic Conference Finals
8:00PM - #2 Texas Southern vs. #1 Mississippi Valley State

Western Athletic Conference Finals
11:00PM - #5 Louisiana Tech vs. #2 New Mexico State