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Sully's Court: Looking forward to Gonzaga-Butler, the Puppy Dog Classic

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  January 18, 2013 03:37 PM

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Looking ahead to a big Saturday of college basketball, there are some tremendous matchups.
Listed in order of tip-off times not importance.

UConn at Pitt: Two teams that have really been inconsistent but theyíve played really well at times. If they both bring their good games, should be great.

Maryland at North Carolina: Can the Terps prove themselves on the road? Can the Tar Heels lose another home game?

Harvard at Memphis: The Crimson have really improved after a so-so start, it would be a landmark road victory.

Kansas at Texas: The Jayhawks have played mostly home games and the Longhorns are capable of the upset.

Missouri at Florida: Yes, this is an SEC game, still trying to get used to that. Should be a high-scoring, wild affair.

Arizona at Arizona State: In Tempe, this is the chance for the Sun Devils to beat their hated rival.

Akron at Kent State: A key MAC game, either of these two teams could end up in the tournament.

Creighton at Wichita State: The two best teams in the MVC, the Shockers have to protect home court. Probably the first of three meetings.

Syracuse at Louisville: In the Pitino Palace, the Cardinals should prevail but hopefully it will be another uptempo exciting game.

Oklahoma at Kansas State: Neither team is as good as its record, I believe, but maybe Iíll feel differently about the winner.

Oregon at UCLA: A chance for both teams to silence naysayers.
Cal at Stanford: As always, Iím a sucker for a rivalry game.

Penn at Saint Josephís: See Above.

Ohio State at Michigan State: The Buckeyes upset Michigan last week, a repeat here could very well happen.

UNLV at Colorado State: I have to watch this because if the Broncos had beaten the Ravens last Sunday, Iíd be watching it live.

Charleston at Davidson: Big game in the Southern Conference. Davidson canít afford to lose at home.

San Diego State at Wyoming: Both teams have slumped a tad. The Cowboys are tough at home but Iíd be surprised if the Aztecs lost two in a row.

Gonzaga at Butler:
Americaís Underdogs meet. I donít know which way to go. Charlie Pierce would call this the Puppy Dog Classic.

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