Games to Watch: December 6th – December 12th

Very nice list of games this week. Saturday is a huge day in the absence of college football. If anyone has any additional games or comments, feel free to let me know!

Monday:
No Games of Note.

Tuesday, December 7th:
#15 Memphis vs #4 Kansas – 7PM ESPN – Opening game of the Jimmy V Classic. Memphis is undefeated in the early goings, but they haven’t played anyone outside of Miami (FL). Kansas is fresh off a controversial finish against UCLA.
#6 Michigan State vs #7 Syracuse – 9PM ESPN – Second game of the Jimmy V Classic. Syracuse just played another close game against the NCState Wolfpack. In the words of Jim Beiheim, “we could easily be 5-3, thats reality.” The Spartans have been tested early, they are 1-2 in their three big games.

Wednesday, December 8th:
Vanderbilt @ #8 Missouri – 9PM ESPNU – Vanderbilt has a somewhat surprising start, their only loss being to WVU. They’ve beaten UNC, Nebraska and a decent Belmont team. Missouri has played one of the best games of the young season, an OT thrilling loss to Georgetown.
Notre Dame vs #11 Kentucky – 930PM ESPN – Big time match-up in the Big East / SEC Challenge. Notre Dame is undefeated, with three solid wins. They travel to Louisville to take on a Kentucky team that is looking to rebound from their loss to North Carolina.
#19 San Diego State @ California – 1030PM – The CAL Bears will have their hands full with the West Coast powerhouse Aztecs. SDState is one of the best teams in the West right now.
Providence @ Boston College – 7PM – Two schools very close in proximity. Both schools are also off to good starts.
Seton Hall vs Arkansas – 7PM ESPN2 – Another SEC / BE Challenge game. The Hazell-less Pirates take on the untested Arkansas Razorbacks.

Thursday, December 9th:
#14 Georgetown @ Temple – 9PM ESPN2 – When these two teams met last season, there must have been a lid on the baskets, as the game was in the 40s. Temple has struggled a bit early, but just knocked off Maryland in their own building. Georgetown is also playing great basketball, this one should be a half court clinic.
Butler @ Xavier – 9PM ESPN – Two big name mid-majors. Both schools are also a bit down this year. Tu Holloway IS Xavier, while Butler has a solid overall team that really tested Duke at the Meadowlands.

Friday, December 10th:
No Games of Note.

Saturday, December 11th:
#17 Tennessee @ #3 Pittsburgh – 3:15PM ESPN – Biggest matchup in the BE / SEC challenge. Pittsburgh doesn’t really blow anyone away, but boy are they consistent.
Indiana @ #11 Kentucky – 5:15PM ESPN – Two storied programs. Indiana is somewhat untested, this game should really be a gauge as to how improved they are. Kentucky will be fresh off a loss/win against Notre Dame.
#22 Washington @ Texas A & M – 4:30PM ESPN2 –
Gonzaga @ Notre Dame – Gonzaga is 4-3, but 4 of those games are against very good opponents, they are 1-3 in those games. Is this team truly overrated?
#23 UNLV @ Louisville – 12PM ESPNU – Should be a shootout in Louisville. A rematch of the UNLV upset from last season.
Arizona @ #25 BYU – 6PM – A huge matchup out West. Both teams are off to good starts (15-1 combined).
Wisconsin @ Marquette – 2:30PM ESPN2 – Battle of the upper Midwest between the Big 10 and Big East. Wisconsin is 2-2 against quality opponents, whereas Marquette is 0-2.
VCU @ Richmond – 7PM – Battle of Virginia? VCU was off to a hot start before their loss to USF. Richmond has a solid resume besides their loss at Iona.
Dayton @ Old Dominion – 7PM – Both teams seem to be struggling. ODU just lost to Delaware, and Dayton was throttled by Cincinnati and then lost to ETSU.
Missouri State @ Oklahoma State – 8PM – Don’t overlook this one. Oklahoma State hasn’t exactly impressed, and Missouri State played Tennessee very well.

Sunday, December 12th:
Penn State @ Virginia Tech – 1PM – Both teams are desperate for a solid OOC victory, only one will prevail…
#12 Villanova @ La Salle – 2PM ESPNU – Battle of Philly. La Salle played 3 good Big 12 teams very well. Villanova didn’t exactly dominate St. Joes and is reeling from the expulsion of Pinkston and some injuries. Watch out Wildcats!

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