Games Iím interested in Saturday (in order of tip-off time, not importance) while marveling at how great Bill Walton was on the Arizona-Washington game Thursday. He was chiding coaches for running too much high screens with big guys above the three-point line; ripping the offensive skills of the players. ďThis is a Big Ten game, look at the score. This isn't the Pac 12. Letís get out there and run.íí There was that and much more. Put him on more games, ESPN.
Cincinnati at Seton Hall: The Bearcats better pay attention; I think the Hall is dangerous in this spot.
Syracuse at Pitt: A traditional ACC matchup. Iím not a believer in Pitt yet so the Panthers could show me something here.
Clemson at BC: I wait patiently for the young Eagles to blossom. Maybe this game.
Austin Peay at Murray State: Have to check in on one of my favorite teams (Murray) and see if things are any better. Plus Ed Danielsí hair.
Duke at Florida State: The Seminoles have a split personality. If the good Seminoles show up, this is a ball game.
Dayton at Saint Louis: The Flyers better wear helmets and shoulder pads. In beating Butler Thursday Saint Louis played the best defense since the í85 Chicago Bears. Just suffocating. Dayton needs to rebound and get out on the fast break to avoid being put in the Saint Looie half-court vise.
Oklahoma State at Kansas: Thy Jayhawks seem unbeatable at the Phog but Iíll still have to monitor this one .. at least until it gets out of hand.
Miami at NC State: This has the makings of a good one. NC State has been incredibly inconsistent but this is the type of game where they show up. If Miami wins this one, I would consider them a Final Four contender.
Rhode Island at Butler: Will the Bulldogs have post-traumatic stress syndrome?
Oregon at Cal: The Ducks were obliterated by Stanford Wednesday night. Cal rallied to win after trailing most of the way against Oregon State. This would be a huge win for the Bears. A loss would send the Ducks into Mondayís Five falling.
Ohio at Akron: Two tremendous, overlooked teams. The winner can declare themselves the best of the MAC.
Temple at Saint Josephís: A critical A10 game for both plus a big rivalry game. St. Joeís chose to play this one on campus instead of the Palestra.
Columbia at Princeton: The result will affect Harvard because these teams look like the other contenders in the Ivy League.
Drexel at Northeastern: The Huskies had a huge letdown against Georgia State. This is going to be a very tough game to win.
Kentucky at Texas A&M: Will the Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars have a letdown on the road after putting Mississippi in its place? I also wonder if the A&M football fans will actually helps sell this game out. It has to be a sellout, right? Even in football country?
Kansas State at Oklahoma: Sooners have to win this home game. K State is on a two-game losing streak.
Mississippi at Florida: Ole Miss came up short against Kentucky and now they find themselves in Gatorland. Honestly? I think the Gators win by 20.
Wyoming at Colorado State: ColoState has won 24 in a row at home but every game in the Mountain West is a challenge.
Arizona State at Washington: Hopefully, Waltonís at the mike. That will make it worth watching alone.
Santa Clara at BYU: Guaranteed to be high scoring and entertaining.
Michigan at Indiana: Saved the best for last. Two of the best teams in the country. Michigan has been playing at an elite level like a No. 1 team should. Indiana, however, is a home. Theyíve got to win this game. I expected a close one, maybe it comes down to the last shot.
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