Looking ahead to a big Saturday of college basketball, there are some tremendous matchups.
Listed in order of tip-off times not importance.
UConn at Pitt: Two teams that have really been inconsistent but theyíve played really well at times. If they both bring their good games, should be great.
Maryland at North Carolina: Can the Terps prove themselves on the road? Can the Tar Heels lose another home game?
Harvard at Memphis: The Crimson have really improved after a so-so start, it would be a landmark road victory.
Kansas at Texas: The Jayhawks have played mostly home games and the Longhorns are capable of the upset.
Missouri at Florida: Yes, this is an SEC game, still trying to get used to that. Should be a high-scoring, wild affair.
Arizona at Arizona State: In Tempe, this is the chance for the Sun Devils to beat their hated rival.
Akron at Kent State: A key MAC game, either of these two teams could end up in the tournament.
Creighton at Wichita State: The two best teams in the MVC, the Shockers have to protect home court. Probably the first of three meetings.
Syracuse at Louisville: In the Pitino Palace, the Cardinals should prevail but hopefully it will be another uptempo exciting game.
Oklahoma at Kansas State: Neither team is as good as its record, I believe, but maybe Iíll feel differently about the winner.
Oregon at UCLA: A chance for both teams to silence naysayers.
Cal at Stanford: As always, Iím a sucker for a rivalry game.
Penn at Saint Josephís: See Above.
Ohio State at Michigan State: The Buckeyes upset Michigan last week, a repeat here could very well happen.
UNLV at Colorado State: I have to watch this because if the Broncos had beaten the Ravens last Sunday, Iíd be watching it live.
Charleston at Davidson: Big game in the Southern Conference. Davidson canít afford to lose at home.
San Diego State at Wyoming: Both teams have slumped a tad. The Cowboys are tough at home but Iíd be surprised if the Aztecs lost two in a row.
Gonzaga at Butler: Americaís Underdogs meet. I donít know which way to go. Charlie Pierce would call this the Puppy Dog Classic.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell