Monday, December 28, 2009

The Week Ahead

The last few days of December and the first weekend of the New Year is always an exciting one for college basketball. It still features some marquee non-conference games that could not fit in the previous calendar year, but it also marks the first full week of conference play for nearly every conference around the country. It is the week where teams begin to show their true colors – if they are a contender or a pretender. This year is no different, as this week is absolutely loaded with must-watch games, both inter-conference and intra-conference. Also, don’t look now, but there’s just ten weeks until Selection Sunday – the stretch run starts now.


  • Rutgers at No. 10 North Carolina (Monday, 8:30 PM, ESPN2)
  • BYU at Arizona (Monday, 9:00 PM, Regional TV)
  • Portland at Nevada (Monday, 10:05 PM)


  • Cornell at La Salle (Tuesday, 4:00 PM)
  • Long Beach State at No. 7 Duke (Tuesday, 7:00 PM, Regional TV)
  • Marquette at No. 6 West Virginia (Tuesday, 7:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV)
  • LSU at Xavier (Tuesday, 7:00 PM, ESPNU)
  • Northern Iowa at Creighton (Tuesday, 8:05 PM, Regional TV)
  • Wichita State at Illinois State (Tuesday, 8:05 PM, Regional TV)
  • No. 9 Syracuse at Seton Hall (Tuesday, 9:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV)
  • Penn State at Minnesota (Tuesday, 9:00 PM, ESPN2)
  • No. 22 Texas Tech at No. 13 New Mexico (Tuesday, 9:00 PM, CBS College Sports)


  • UAB at Virginia (Wednesday, 7:00 PM)
  • Duquesne at Old Dominion (Wednesday, 7:00 PM)
  • South Florida at Louisville (Wednesday, 7:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV)
  • Connecticut at Cincinnati (Wednesday, 7:00 PM, ESPN2)
  • William & Mary at Maryland (Wednesday, 7:30 PM, Regional TV)
  • Northwestern at Illinois (Wednesday, 9:00 PM, Big Ten Network)
  • South Carolina at Boston College (Wednesday, 9:00 PM, ESPNU)
  • Providence at Notre Dame (Wednesday, 9:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV)
  • Baylor at Arkansas (Wednesday, 9:00 PM, ESPN2)


  • Michigan at Indiana (Thursday, 12:00 PM, ESPN2)
  • No. 17 Ohio State at Wisconsin (Thursday, 2:00 PM, ESPN2)
  • No. 16 Tennessee at Memphis (Thursday, 4:00 PM, ESPN2)
  • Arizona State at UCLA (Thursday, 4:30 PM, FSN)
  • Oregon at Washington State (Thursday, 6:30 PM, Regional TV)
  • Wisconsin-Green Bay at No. 20 Butler (Thursday, 7:00 PM, Regional TV)
  • Arizona at USC (Thursday, 7:00 PM, Regional TV)
  • Richmond at Wake Forest (Thursday, 7:00 PM, ESPNU)
  • St. John’s at No. 14 Georgetown (Thursday, 8:00 PM, ESPN2)
  • Oklahoma at No. 25 Gonzaga (Thursday, 10:00 PM, ESPN2)
  • Oregon State at No. 22 Washington (Thursday, 10:00 PM, Regional TV)


  • No. 6 West Virginia at No. 4 Purdue (Friday, 2:30 PM, ESPN)
  • Illinois State at Missouri State (Friday, 8:05 PM, Regional TV)
  • Dayton at No. 13 New Mexico (Friday, 9:00 PM, CBS College Sports/Regional TV)

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