Games to Watch: December 13th-19th – Finals Week

A slow week of games due to finals week. A bunch of nice contests of Saturday, but nothing like last Saturday. This is also the last big weekend of non-conference games, as the following weekend is Christmas, followed by most teams starting their conference schedules.

Monday, December 13th:
No Games of Note.

Tuesday, December 14th:
Oakland @ #7 Tennessee – 7PM – Oakland just played Illinois close, and nearly beat Michigan State. Can they play another top team down to the wire? The Volunteers are fresh off their dominant performance against the formerly #3 ranked Pitt Panthers.

Wednesday, December 15th:
No Games of Note.

Thursday, December 16th:
No Games of Note.

Friday, December 17th:
Oregon @ Virginia – Oregon looks like they are going to have another rough season. The Cavaliers look to extend their impressive three game winning streak (Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Radford).

Saturday, December 18th:
UCF vs Miami – 1PM – The undefeated Knights of Central Florida are looking for their second win against a major instate opponent. They defeated the ranked Florida Gators earlier in the season, will they do it again against Miami?
Arkansas @ Texas A & M – 2PM ESPN2 – Arkansas has a tough task ahead of them as they travel to College Station. The Aggies have beaten Temple and most recently Washington.
Cleveland State @ West Virginia – 2PM ESPN3 – Ex-Rutgers coach Gary Waters has coached his team to a 12-0 start. WVU will be their biggest test yet, this should be interesting.
South Carolina @ #2 Ohio State – 2PM CBS – One of two games on CBS at 2PM. South Carolina lost to Michigan State by 9 earlier in the season, but I believe the Buckeyes are on another level when compared to Sparty.
Stanford @ Butler – 2PM CBS – Stanford travels to Indiana to play a tested Butler team. The Cardinal beat Virginia handedly (although that was when they were reeling) but has lost to Murray State and Tulsa since then. I’d go with Butler.
#6 Kansas State @ #24 Florida – 3:30PM – Yet another big game on KSU’s OOC schedule. They travel to Gainesville to play a Gator team that defeated a decent Kent State team last Thursday.
#25 Texas vs North Carolina – 4PM CBS – Big time matchup on CBS. The teams will play on a “neutral” court in North Carolina. It wasn’t too long ago that Texas was disgraced in an uninspiring performance against USC. Big time rebound chance.
Gonzaga vs #9 Baylor – 4:30PM ESPN2 – Another challenging matchup in Gonzaga’s OOC. Gonzaga is 1-5 against KenPom Top 50. They could really use this win if they have any chance at an at-large bid.
Richmond vs Georgia Tech – 5PM – This will be a tough game for the Yellow Jackets. They haven’t beaten anyone, and haven’t looked that good besides their close loss to Syracuse in Atlantic City.
#18 BYU vs UCLA – 5:30PM – UCLA will have their hands full with undefeated BYU. The Cougars are looking for their second win against a Pac-10 opponent in a row; they beat Arizona by 18 this past Saturday.
Wichita State vs LSU – 8PM – The jury is still out on Wichita State. They won’t have much of a chance at an at-large unless they win their remaining OOC games (LSU & Tulsa) and even then their chance is slim.
Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State – 8PM – The Hokies just handled Penn State rather easily this past Sunday. If they want to salvage their dreams of dancing, this win is a must.
Wake Forest @ Xavier – 8PM CBS CS – Wake Forest is really bad. They have lost to 3 sub-200 KenPom teams (Stetson, Winthrop and UNC-Wilmington).

Sunday, December 19th:
Stony Brook @ #23 Notre Dame – 4:30PM ESPNU – This game probably won’t be close, but its just a shout-out to hometown hero Bryan Dougher and the Seawolves who are really struggling without Tommy Brenton.


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