Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Non-Conference Games to Watch


This season is full of great non-conference games. Many would be surprised to see so many contests between Top 10-15 teams. However, there is not a fan out there that would complain about the amount of high-quality games on this season's slate. Furthermore, there are also dozens of games between potential NCAA Tournament teams and quality mid-major squads. Nearly every night, you can sit down and watch a game between NCAA-caliber clubs.

Week of November 9-November 15

Week of November 16-November 22
Kansas vs. Memphis -- in Saint Louis (Tuesday)
Gonzaga at Michigan State (Tuesday)
Butler at Northwestern (Wednesday)
Dayton at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
Syracuse at California (Thursday)
North Carolina at Ohio State (Thursday)
Oklahoma at VCU (Saturday)

Week of November 23-November 29
Cincinnati at Vanderbilt (Monday)
Florida State at Florida (Tuesday)
Arizona at Wisconsin (Tuesday)
Texas A&M at Clemson (Thursday)
Creighton at Michigan (Thursday)
Minnesota at Butler (Thursday)
Florida at Michigan State (Friday)
Richmond at Mississippi State (Friday)
Louisville at UNLV (Saturday)
Nevada at North Carolina (Sunday)

Week of November 30-December 6
Michigan State at North Carolina (Tuesday)
Wake Forest at Purdue (Tuesday)
Boston College at Michigan (Wednesday)
Duke at Wisconsin (Wednesday)
Florida State at Ohio State (Wednesday)
Illinois at Clemson (Wednesday)
Minnesota at Miami (Fl.) (Wednesday)
Siena at Georgia Tech (Wednesday)
Oklahoma State at Tulsa (Wednesday)
Missouri at Vanderbilt (Wednesday)
BYU at Utah State (Wednesday)
Washington State at Gonzaga (Wednesday)
Western Kentucky at South Carolina (Wednesday)
North Carolina at Kentucky (Saturday)
Wake Forest at Gonzaga (Saturday)
Oregon at Missouri (Saturday)
Washington State at Kansas State (Saturday)
Kansas at UCLA (Sunday)
Arizona at Oklahoma (Sunday)
Villanova at Maryland (Sunday)
South Carolina at Clemson (Sunday)

Week of December 7-December 13
Butler vs. Georgetown -- in New York (Tuesday)
Vanderbilt at Illinois (Tuesday)
Xavier at Kansas State (Tuesday)
Kentucky vs. Connecticut -- in New York (Wednesday)
Syracuse vs. Florida -- Tampa (Thursday)
UCLA vs. Mississippi State -- in Anaheim (Saturday)
Georgetown vs. Washington -- in Anaheim (Saturday)
Ohio State at Butler (Saturday)
Kansas State at UNLV (Saturday)
Siena at Northern Iowa (Saturday)
Arizona at San Diego State (Saturday)
Kentucky at Indiana (Saturday)
Cincinnati at Xavier (Sunday)

Week of December 14-December 20

Richmond at South Carolina (Wednesday)
Michigan at Kansas (Saturday)
North Carolina at Texas (Saturday)
Gonzaga at Duke (Saturday)
UCLA at Notre Dame (Saturday)
Xavier at Butler (Saturday)
Richmond at Florida (Saturday)
Western Kentucky at Louisville (Saturday)

Week of December 21-December 27
California at Kansas (Tuesday)
Texas A&M at Washington (Tuesday)
Michigan State at Texas (Tuesday)
BYU at Nevada (Tuesday)
Mississippi at West Virginia (Wednesday)
Illinois at Missouri (Wednesday)

Week of December 28-January 3
BYU at Arizona (Monday)
South Carolina at Boston College (Wednesday)
Oklahoma at Gonzaga (Thursday)
Tennessee at Memphis (Thursday)
Richmond at Wake Forest (Thursday)
West Virginia at Purdue (Friday)
Louisville at Kentucky (Saturday)
Seton Hall at Virginia Tech (Saturday)
Gonzaga at Illinois (Saturday)
Xavier at Wake Forest (Sunday)

Week of January 4-January 10
Mississippi State at Western Kentucky (Monday)
Memphis at Syracuse (Wednesday)
Kansas at Tennessee (Sunday)

Week of January 11-January 17
Connecticut at Michigan (Sunday)

Week of January 18-January 24
Texas at Connecticut (Saturday)
Ohio State at West Virginia (Saturday)

Week of January 25-January 31
Duke at Georgetown (Saturday)

Week of February 1-February 7
Gonzaga at Memphis (Saturday)

Week of February 8-February 14
Xavier at Florida (Saturday)

Week of February 22-28
Tulsa at Duke (Thursday)


Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (Teams of Interest: North Carolina, California, Ohio State, Syracuse)
CBE Classic (Teams of Interest: Texas, Pittsburgh)
NIT Season Tip-Off (Teams of Interest: Duke, Arizona State, Connecticut, LSU)
Legends Classic (Teams of Interest: Florida, Michigan State)
Charleston Classic (Teams of Interest: Miami (Fl.), South Carolina, Penn State)
Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Teams of Interest: Dayton, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Villanova)
Paradise Jam (Teams of Interest: Boston College, Purdue, Tennessee)
Las Vegas Invitational (Teams of Interest: Illinois, Oklahoma State)
Maui Invitational (Teams of Interest: Arizona, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin)
Great Alaska Shootout (Teams of Interest: Oklahoma, Washington State)
Old Spice Classic (Teams of Interest: Florida State, Michigan, Xavier, Creighton)
76 Classic (Teams of Interest: UCLA, Butler, West Virginia, Minnesota, Clemson, Texas A&M)
Chicago Invitational (Teams of Interest: Notre Dame, Northwestern)
South Padre Island Invitational (Teams of Interest: Missouri, Mississippi State)


  1. Thanks for the schedule post! As a college hoops fan, mostly Big East and ACC, where do you see Cuse ending up in the mix this season? Also is the ACC going to be as competitive as in recent years? Thanks a lot and I look forward to reading your stuff.

    Brian Gray

  2. I think Syracuse is going to be solid this season, maybe not as good as last year, but in the mix of the upper echelon Big East nonetheless. I spoke to Onuaku, Rautins and Boeheim yesterday at the Big East Media Day and they all seem optimistic. Everyone loves Wesley Johnson, obviously, and Scoop Jardine seems like he has the edge on Brandon Triche at the point position. Onuaku and Jackson are a dominant inside duo, so the perimeter scoring just needs to step up.

    As for the ACC, I think North Carolina is the favorite, but the middle of the conference is going to be deep and strong. UNC isn't as good as last year, and Duke has plenty of talent and could make a run. Clemson has an excellent core, Georgia Tech is ready to make a move, Wake Forest will reload, and Maryland might be the third best team in the league. Throw in teams like Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Florida State, and it could be a wide-open race. The only sure thing is that North Carolina State will probably finish last -- even Virginia could win a few games.