This Weekend's Top Five Games

Charles E. Sutton | 3/1/2013, 7:20 p.m.

No. 5 Miami at No. 3 Duke

The Hurricanes (23-4, 14-1) can capture the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship with a win and maybe grab a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They will have their hands full against a Duke team looking to atone for a 27-point loss at Miami last month. The point guard position features a good matchup between sophomores Quinn Cook of Duke and Shane Larkin of Miami. (Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPN)

No. 20 Butler at Virginia Commonwealth

The atmosphere in Siegel Center will be electric for this rematch of the 2011 NCAA semifinal, won by Butler 70-62. College basketball fans have been anticipating this game since Butler (22-6, 9-4) and VCU (22-6, 10-3) agreed to join the Atlantic 10 Conference this season. This will mark their only regular season contest. They may face each other again in two weeks in Brooklyn in the A-10 tournament. (Saturday, noon, ESPN2)

No. 9 Michigan State at No. 4 Michigan

Fans will be looking to see whether Michigan State can bounce back from losses last week to Indiana and Ohio State. The Spartans have had six days off to relax and recover. In the first contest February 12, Michigan State dominated Michigan 75-52. Uncertainty surrounds the Wolverines after Wednesday's loss to struggling Penn State, the Nittany Lions' first victory this season in Big Ten play. (Sunday, 4 p.m., CBS)

No. 10 Louisville at No. 12 Syracuse

Syracuse has lost five of its last nine, and watched its chance of getting a No. 1 seed vanish. After his team let a seven-point lead slip away in the final eight minutes Monday at Marquette, coach Jim Boeheim fumed when his strategy was called into question. Louisville is looking to atone for a 70-68 home loss to the Orange last month when the Cardinals were ranked No. 1. (Saturday, noon, CBS)

Harvard at Princeton

The top two teams in the Ivy League are fighting for the league championship and an NCAA berth. Harvard (17-7, 9-1) won the first meeting as guard Christian Webster (Landon) became the winningest player in the history of Harvard basketball. Princeton (14-9, 7-2) looks to respond with 6-foot-7 senior Ian Hummer (Gonzaga), who leads the Tigers in scoring (16.1 per game), rebounds (6.3 per game) and assists (4.3 per game). (Friday, 7 p.m., ESPNU)