It is the final weekend of the NCAA basketball regular season, and many of the conferences have saved their best for last.
No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks at No. 9 Texas Longhorns
Texas’s loss to TCU this week has ended their hopes of a share of the Big 12 title. Kansas, who is playing its best basketball of the season, has now won its 12th Big 12 regular season title outright, and at least a share of the title in 17 of 20 seasons.
Texas is still playing for second place in the conference, which would allow them to miss KU in the Big 12 Tournament until the finals. But KU is riding a seven-game winning streak as they head to Austin on Saturday, and three of those wins were by double digits.
The first of those seven straight wins was in Lawrence against Texas, and as KU looks to chase down another top seed for the NCAA Tournament, a sweep should make that happen.
This game would have been more fun had Texas taken care of business on Wednesday. It still has meaning, however, and it’s still going to be lots of fun to watch.
No. 8 Arizona Wildcats at No. 4 UCLA Bruins
UCLA hasn’t lost at home this season, and they have already clinched the Pac-12 regular season title. But a top seed is squarely in their sights, and a win over a top-10 team like Arizona would go a long way toward making that happen.
A win for the Wildcats would keep them clear of USC in second place, and put them in position to claim a No. 2 seed with Selection Sunday rolls around. That would give them a sweep of the Bruins this season and solidify them as one of the teams to watch in the NCAA Tournament.
NFL Scouting Combine
The NFL season just ended three weeks ago, but already the league is looking to 2023 and beyond with its annual scouting combine going on in Indianapolis this weekend.
Saturday is the big on-field workout day, as the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends take the field. On Sunday, it will be the offensive lineman and running backs that go through their on-field workouts. Then on Monday, the last day of the event, the offensive lineman will participate in the bench press.
NASCAR’s early season west coast swing heads to Las Vegas on Sunday for the Pennzoil 400. Last week’s winner, Kyle Busch, is the favorite this weekend in Vegas, a place where he won in 2009. The last driver to win in back-to-back weeks was Kevin Harvick back in August of last season.
Other drivers in the top-10 on the odds board that have recorded wins in Las Vegas in the past are Kyle Larson, the winner here in 2021, Martin Truex Jr. (2017), and two-time winner Joey Logano (2019 and 2020).
After racing in Las Vegas for the 26th consecutive year, NASCAR heads to Phoenix, where it has been racing since 1988. That race will end the spring west coast swing for the Cup Series as the drivers all head to Atlanta in two weeks.