Looking ahead to the weekendís most appealing games without having to worry about the NFL distracting me:
(in order of tip times not importance)
Notre Dame at South Florida: I canít put my finger on why the Irish have crashed. This wonít be easy but it could be a chance to get back on track.
Louisville at Georgetown: The Cardinals played poorly at Villanova. A repeat performance would mean another loss. This would be a huge W for the Hoyas.
Maryland at Duke: After the Dookies were clobbered at Miami, a rumor circulated that the team practiced when it returned to Durham. Thatís against NCAA rules these days and the school denied it. If they lose at home to Maryland? Practice could commence immediately. Maryland still has lots to prove especially on the road.
Boston College at Virginia: The Eagles continue to improve but theyíre still too young. A win here would help the whole process and itís achievable.
Charlotte at George Washington: I havenít seen the upstart Fightiní Cornbreads so I need to check this out.
Minnesota at Wisconsin: The Gophers are wobbling with three straight losses. This sure looks like another one but I expect a close game.
North Dakota State at South Dakota State: A chance to see the SD Stateís great guard Nate Wolters but itís also a big game in the Summit League race.
Bucknell at Holy Cross: I havenít seen the Bison yet whoíve had a nice season and I like that itís a road game which is more demanding.
Oklahoma at Kansas: Probably wonít spend much time with this one because itíll most likely be a blowout but just in case...
New Mexico at San Diego State: Yes, a titanic Mountain West meeting, it should be high-scoring and close.
Saint Louis at Saint Bonaventure: Iíve gotten to really like the gritty Bonnies who will need all that grit to keep it rolling against the Bills.
Murray State at Jacksonville State: Always have to check in on one of my favorite teams plus I want to see what Ed Daniel is doing with his hair.
Temple at Butler: This will be played in the 50s, maybe the 60s and Iím thinking last-minute decision. I believe Rotnei Clarke will play for Butler and that will make a big difference.
Ohio at Kent State: The Bobcats are on a roll and on a collision course with Akron in the MAC but they could slip up here. Another close game expected.
North Carolina at North Carolina State: A chance for two disappointing teams to move in the right direction not to mention the usual blood feud feelings.
LaSalle at Virginia Commonwealth: The last in a series of good Atlantic 10 matchups. LaSalle just beat Butler in Philly; VCU lost at Richmond. Sets up an interesting scenario.
Seton Hall at St. Johnís: A good old-fashioned survival test between two teams who have improved and canít afford to lose.
Michigan State at Indiana: Both could still win the Big 10. Itíll be interesting how Michigan State handles Cody Zeller.
George Mason at Northeastern: The CAA leaders -- NU -- can add to their league lead by beating everyoneís favorite underdog.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell