GAMES IĒM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THIS WEEKEND: The schedule has a lot of unexpected non-conference games and some interesting rivalries. It should be interesting.
LaSalle at Stony Brook: A dangerous road game for the Explorers, who have underachieved this year. Iíd be surprised if it wasnít close.
Texas at Temple: Texas is a LOT better than I thought theyíd be; Templeís improving. Result could tell us a lot.
UCLA at Missouri: The Bruins are undefeated under Steve Alford. Of course, this is their first road trip.
Fordham at St. Johnís: A rivalry thatís not a rivalry, Fordham never wins, but the Rams look at least slightly improved this season.
BYU at UMass: Letís hope both teams score 100; this should be an exciting, run-and-gun affair.
Clemson at Arkansas: An unusual road game for Clemson, traveling to Fayetteville, a very tough place to play. A victory would bring huge at-large bid currency.
Long Beach at NC State: The Wolfpack have rebounded from a tough start; canít let down against an unusual opponent from the other coast.
Marquette at Wisconsin: An obvious rivalry and both teams are good this season, much at stake for both.
Kansas at Colorado: An old Big 12 matchup; itís another unusual road trip. Kansas doesnít have to do this. Big opportunity for Colorado to make another impression (beating Harvard was the first one). Kansas very talented but still developing.
Delaware at Notre Dame: Blue Hens coach Monte Ross needs a landmark victory; this is his chance. NDís Mike Brey used to coach at Delaware.
Cincinnati at New Mexico: Yet, another unusual non-conference game. Cincy is 7-0 but hasnít really been challenged yet. Playing in The Pit is about as challenging as it gets. New Mexico was disappointing in the Charleston Tournament and can regain some prestige with a win.
Virginia at Green Bay: Virginia coach Tony Bennett takes his team to his alma mater. I would never have expected that. Green Bayís decent, so the Cavs better be ready.
Villanova at Saint Josephís: The most heated rivalry in the Big 5; itís usually a close one. Sometimes strange things happen.
UNC Greensboro at North Carolina: The win one/lose one Tar Heels are ready for a letdown. Canít happen, right?
Oral Roberts at Wichita State: Shockers should win, but Oral Roberts is always well prepared under coach Scott Sutton.
Dayton at Illinois State: The Flyers are having a great year, but I think this is a dangerous road trip.
Drake at Iowa: State championship implications.
New Mexico State at Gonzaga: Zags rarely lose at The Kennel, but New Mexico Stateís a decent unit.
Oklahoma vs. George Mason: The first of a good doubleheader in Washington, D.C. Oklahomaís a sleeper. Mason has been disappointing, but could use this as a launching pad.
Old Dominion at VCU: These are old rivals, feelings run deep.
Washington at San Diego State: The Aztecs always play hard, but thereís an extra benefit to beating a Pac 12 team.
Maryland vs. George Washington: Game 2 in DC; Iím thinking three overtimes, it should be an emotional, physical game. GW has many admirers, a victory would add to them.
Oregon at Mississippi: Yet another unusual road trip. Oregon rarely ventures East (OK, itís not completely East). Marshall Henderson, Old Missí pyscho-guard, is always entertaining to watch.
Boston College at Southern Cal: The Eagles NEED this badly. Go strong or go home.
Seton Hall at Rutgers: This is a bitter rivalry. Chances are it will be a close game.
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