Monday, December 6, 2010

The Week Ahead

No. 14 Memphis vs. No. 4 Kansas (Tuesday): First game of the Jimmy V Classic. There will be tons of talent on display; can Memphis put it all together?

Georgia at Georgia Tech (Tuesday): Georgia has struggled, even with Trey Thompkins. With that said, this game is for in-state supremacy.

No. 6 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Syracuse (Tuesday): Another big-time match-up at the Jimmy V Classic. Neither team is playing its best, but both have the pieces to go deep.

Long Beach State at Utah State (Tuesday): Long Beach State is one of the Big West favorites, while Utah State is the WAC leader despite a blowout loss at Georgetown.

Providence at Boston College (Wednesday): Another battle in New England, this one between two teams who are playing better than expected thus far.

BYU at Vermont (Wednesday): Jimmer Fredette’s return home to Glen Falls, N.Y. Vermont only has one loss on the season, so it won’t be a pushover.

Seton Hall at Arkansas (Wednesday): Seton Hall was expected to compete for an at-large bid, but a loss here would drop them below .500 on the season.

Oakland at Illinois (Wednesday): Illinois played tremendously well against Gonzaga on Saturday, while Oakland has Keith Benson, who can give the Illini problems.

Vanderbilt at No. 9 Missouri (Wednesday): Missouri has been somewhat inconsistent at times this season, while Vandy is flying below the radar.

No. 25 Notre Dame at No. 10 Kentucky (Wednesday): Notre Dame has a decent collection of neutral-site wins this season; can the Irish defeat an up-and-down UK group?

No. 17 San Diego State at California (Wednesday): San Diego State is the best non-BCS team in the country this season; Cal is struggling at both ends this year.

Gonzaga at Washington State (Wednesday): Gonzaga has been a disappointment so far, while Washington State nearly beat Kansas State in Pullman on Friday.

No. 16 Georgetown at Temple (Thursday): Georgetown is quietly moving itself into the top-10 discussion, while Temple escaped with a nice win over Maryland Sunday.

Butler at Xavier (Thursday): Two of the best non-BCS programs of the past decade do battle, although neither team has the look of a Sweet 16 team this season.

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