Games Iím looking forward to see on TV this weekend while applauding the Big East basketball schools for standing up for themselves. I hate the idea theyíll mess up the Atlantic 10, however.
Indiana vs. Butler: Indianaís the better team and this might not even be close but it should be a great atmosphere in a great arena (Bankers Life Fieldhouse). Would love to see the upset.
Akron at Detroit: Two non-BCS schools with potential, should be a close game
Eastern Michigan at Illinois-Chicago: I havenít seen the 8-1 Flames, plus Eastern Michigan beat Purdue.
Cincinnati vs. Marshall in Charleston, W. Va.: The Bearcats have mostly played home games. This isnít a true road game (Marshall is located in Huntington) but an interesting test nonetheless.
Northern Iowa vs. Iowa at Des Moines: This is part of the Big Four Classic. Drake and Iowa State meet in the second game. What a great idea, a rivalry doubleheader with the state championship on the line. I think Northern and Iowa State will be the winners.
Louisville at Memphis: An old Metro Conference matchup that could have been a Big East matchup ... aw, never mind. Discounting all the realignment nonsense, this is just a good matchup of two good basketball schools. Sometimes the best way to deal with all the angst over the changes is to just enjoy the games.
Alabama at Virginia Commonwealth: Former VCU coach Anthony Grant brings his team to Richmond. Great chance for VCU to get a quality non-conference victory. I believe this was part of the deal that let him get out of his contract to go to Alabama.
New Mexico State at New Mexico: This is a blood-on-the-floor rivalry I like.
Belmont at Kansas: Belmont is a veteran unit, which means this has possibilities, but Kansas is playing great.
Canisius at Syracuse: The Golden Griffs, a.k.a., Baron and Son, are much improved. Syracuse needs to be focused.
Mount St. Maryís at Loyola of Maryland: Just have to channel surf to it to see my favorite nut job, Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos. Never know what could happen with him.
West Virginia at Michigan: West Virginia has big problems; Michigan is playing as well as anyone so this has rout potential. Iíll still check in.
Kansas State vs. Gonzaga in Seattle: Should be a rugged, physical battle but Zags will eventually prevail.
BYU at Weber State: I keep saying it but itís true, I love the in-state rivalry games. I hope realignment doesnít kill all of them.
Florida at Arizona: Itís great that Billy Donovan will play a road game like this. Two undefeated teams meeting in the desert.
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