Games Iím looking forward to seeing this weekend:
Florida Gulf Coast at Furman: Iím still fascinated by the Dunk City story line and how new coach Joe Dooley, formerly Bill Selfís assistant at Kansas, handles his new team.
Lehigh at Fordham: I actually think Fordham might be decent this season. Itís the Rams chance to prove me right.
UTEP at New Mexico State: One of the great hidden rivalries in the US. Never in the same conference, these schools still play twice a season.
St. Francis of New York at Dayton: I want to see if the best college basketball fans in the country will turn out even for this matchup.
Ohio State at Marquette: In this day and age itís an unusual matchup between two potentially good teams thatís not played at some resort in warm weather or on a neutral court coordinated by ESPN. Winning in Milwaukee would be very good for the Buckeyes.
Creighton at Saint Josephís: Despite all the hype about the freshman, one of the two best players in the country is Creightonís Doug McDermott (Oklahoma Stateís Marcus Smart is the other). McDermott could get a difficult test in Philly.
USC Upstate at Tennessee: Both are off to weird starts. Upstate, one of the favorites in the Atlantic Sun, won at Virginia Tech then lost at Winthrop. Tennessee, seen as a team on the uptick, lost its opener at Xavier. Imagine the feeling in Knoxville is the Vols lost this one. Upstate can prove itís an NCAA tournament team.
Princeton at Butler: Letís see what Butlerís up to without Brad Stevens.
Stanford at Denver: Are the Cardinal finally going to get over the hump and actually be a contender in the Pac 12? This is a tougher game than it seems.
Belmont at North Carolina: This Belmont team isnít as good as last seasonís but the Bruins could make it interesting for a while.
Duquesne at West Virginia: The Dukes appear to be awful so this might end quickly but thereís a little bit of a rivalry here too.
Louisiana Lafayette at Baylor: Iím interested in how Baylor has remade itself.
Towson at Villanova: Saw Towson beat Temple Thursday night, Villanova better be ready to play.
Oregon State at Maryland: A rare cross-country trip for the Beavers. Wonder if Obama will show up to see his brother-in-law coach?
Florida Atlantic at Boston College: Eagles will finally get a W. Theyíre better than 0-3.
Oakland at Gonzaga: Iíll admit it; I have affection for the Zags, got check it out.
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