Kentucky at Louisville: This gameís not life or death ... itís more important than that. Itís actually a must win for the Cardinals since itís being played at the Pitino Palace. Big-man Gorgui Dieng returns from injury, which should make the Cardinals a solid favorite. The state legislature might not let him, but you figure Coach Cal would like to get this game off his schedule. Maybe more so if he suffers a big loss.
Santa Clara at Duke: The Fightiní Rambuses are really improved. They wonít win, but I just have a feeling this could be closer than youíd think. Noon start canít help the West Coast team, however.
Holy Cross at BC: Great win over Providence for the Eagles, now they have to follow it up by establishing their superiority over the Cross.
Virginia Tech vs. BYU in Salt Lake City: Not a neutral court despite the site. Still an interesting intersectional matchup between two inconsistent teams that could use a win to propel them to greater heights.
Loyola of Chicago at DePaul: This is an old-fashioned rivalry game. Heck, the old Bob Newhart show framed an entire episode around it.
UNLV at North Carolina: I love the Rebels, but I wonder about their chemistry. Perfect place to prove me wrong. The Heels have to see this as an opportunity to prove wrong everyone who are says theyíre underachieving.
Valpo at Murray State: A great mid-major matchup and I love watching the Racers.
Xavier at Tennessee: X has had some big troubles but things could get straightened out in this winnable road game. The Vols need to protect home court. Should be close.
George Mason at South Florida: Havenít seen either team yet. Great chance for Mason to get a good road win.
Pacific at Long Beach: Have to think this will be close between two decent mids.
Ohio at Oklahoma: All-Sully point guard D.J. Cooper needs to elevate his play and get Ohio a big road win. The Sooners are vulnerable.
Butler at Vanderbilt: Given these two schools' traditional strengths, maybe this should just be a game of H-O-R-S-E.
North Texas at Western Kentucky: A rare chance to see Tony Mitchell of North Texas.
Evansville at Creighton: The first Missouri Valley game of the season, Bluejays have to be alert to avoid upset against a decent unit.
UC Santa Barbara at Fullerton State: Want to see if either of these two will be Big West contenders.
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