Back in mid-January, consecutive losses to Loyola of Maryland, Colgate, and Bucknell seemed to doom Boston University’s chances of competing for the regular-season title in the Patriot League.
Things can change in a month. A four-game winning streak for the Terriers, plus Bucknell sliding with two losses in its last three games, sets up a situation in which the Terriers can move into a first-place tie if they beat the Bison up on the roof at Case Gym Sunday (CBSSN, noon).
Bucknell won the first meeting, 70-59, but BU led most of the game before succumbing late. At one point this season, Bucknell seemed to be head and shoulders above the rest of the Patriot League. That has changed.
Other games I’d like to see this weekend:
Valpo at Oakland: The Fightin’ Drews can pretty much wrap things up in the Horizon League with a win.
Princeton at Yale: Biggest challenge yet for the Tigers, who are undefeated in the Ivy League.
VCU at Richmond: I’m thinking Richmond has a 2-point lead with :00.4 left and VCU’s Justin Tillman throws the ball the length of the court from out of bounds and it swishes through the net to win the game.
Clemson at Miami: Truly a bubble game. According to Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com, Miami is in the field but Clemson is just outside. A win here for the Tigers would flip that.
Villanova at Seton Hall: This is it. The Pirates win it to help their NCAA chances. I wonder if they’ll open up the upper level at the Rock in beautiful downtown Newark.
Kansas at Baylor: Huge Big 12 game, but we know what happens, don’t we? Kansas wins and goes on to another league title. Visiting fans visit Chip and JoJo’s Magnolia Market at the Silos.
Texas Tech at West Virginia: As good as West Virginia has been, it has lost at home to Oklahoma and Okie State, so an upset is possible.
Michigan State at Purdue: The Boilers should win at home, but I’m interested in how dominant they’ll be.
East Tennessee at Chattanooga: I guess this isn’t the time to wonder why a team in landlocked Johnson City, Tenn., is nicknamed the Buccaneers, is it? OK, we won’t, but the so-called Buccaneers have to win this to have a chance to catch Furman in the Southern Conference, and they’ll be underdogs on the road.
Kentucky at Georgia: The Dawgs probably should have won in Lexington, so they have to win in Athens, right? Wrong. I think Kentucky’s going to win the rest of its regular-season games.
SMU at Houston: A dangerous road trip for the red-hot Mustangs.
Virginia at North Carolina: UVA is slipping badly, having lost three of four. Can’t imagine a team playing like that can win at the Dean Dome.
Southern Cal at UCLA: When these teams met in January across town, USC won, 84-76, but it wasn’t that close. At times, the Trojans were running the Bruins off the court. The opposite will happen this time.
Saint Mary’s at BYU: Important game for Saint Mary’s. It can use a good win in a tough road environment to help the NCAA résumé.
Maryland at Wisconsin: The Badgers have lost two in a row and now get this tough game at home. After a disappointing sophomore season, Maryland point guard Melo Trimble is performing at an All-American level while playing with a lot of freshmen. If he can deliver this victory in Madison, it would be a tremendous accomplishment.
Michigan at Minnesota: Both teams have improved recently, which makes this a tough one to call. But I like the Gophers at home in the Barn.Joe Sullivan can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeSullivan