Monday, February 8, 2010

One Month Left

One month left in the college basketball regular season. Let's get down to the top games of this week on TV

  • Villanova at West Virginia, 7pm (ESPN) - A WV win ties them for 2nd with 'Nova and puts them a game behind the Orange
  • Kansas at Texas, 9pm (ESPN) - The Longhorns were at the top of the polls a few weeks ago, could fall to 5th in conference with a loss
  • Louisiana Tech at New Mexico St., 9pm (ESPN Plus/Full Court) - Game for WAC 2nd place

  • Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 7pm (ESPN) - Winner trails Kentucky by a game
  • Purdue at Michigan St., 9pm (ESPN) - A Purdue win could create a multi team logjam (4-5 teams) at the top of the Big Ten standings.


  • Florida St. at Clemson, 7pm (ESPN2) - Bubble teams from the ACC. Neither one can afford a loss as they try to stay around .500 in conference.
  • Virginia at Maryland, 7pm (ESPNU) - Both teams are on the better side of the bubble, but a win here for either side boosts the resume. A Virginia win also creates a tie among multiple teams for 2nd place.
  • Richmond at Rhode Island, 7pm (Cox-New England) - Rhode Island can get win #20 here. Richmond has the better resume with the win vs. Temple, but Rhode Island does have wins vs. BC, Providence and Oklahoma St.
  • New Mexico at UNLV, 11pm (CBS College) - Three team tie at the top of the Mountain West and these two teams are part of that logjam.

See, no UConn-SU or Duke-UNC. Why? Neither game means much. UNC is so far down the ACC food chain that NIT is quite likely. Same for UConn unless they make a serious run.


  • Ole Miss at Mississippi St., 9pm (ESPN) - The SEC West is wide open again, including Arkansas and these two teams.
  • Washington at California, 9pm (ESPN2) - Cal has 1st place on its own and needs to separate itself. Washington is sharing No. 2 with four other teams.
  • St. Mary's at Gonzaga, 11pm (ESPN2) - Teams tied for 1st in the loss column in the WCC.


  • Maryland at Duke, 1pm (CBS) - Could be for 1st in the ACC.
  • Butler at Cleveland St., 2pm (Horizon League syndication) - Outside change Butler could clinch the regular season title here and get home court for at least the semifinals of the conference tournament
  • George Mason at Old Dominion, 4pm (CSN Regional) - Both teams need to keep pace with Northeastern
  • Temple at Rhode Island, 4pm (Atlantic 10 syndication) - Charlotte is a surprising 1st place in the A-10 and both teams could use a good win against each other as at-large security.
  • Xavier at Florida, 6pm (ESPN) - A late non-conference game for both teams. For both teams, a win against the other will improve their non-conference profile. Both teams have a very good chance at an at-large.
  • Memphis at Tulsa, 7pm (ESPN2) - C-USA has a good chance at multiple bids now that Memphis has fallen back to the pack.
  • Tennessee at Kentucky, 9pm (ESPN) - Arguably the two best teams in the SEC.

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