Games Iíd like to watch this weekend. I thank my lucky stars for a DVR because my viewing is going to be interrupted by a social obligation. Itís a poetry party. Every person has to bring a poem to the party and read it. Maybe this one? Trust me, Iíll do better than that; then Iíll return home and turn on the DVR to watch what I missed.
Alabama at Florida: Two things to see here. First, will there be another spectacular dunk by Florida Chris ďSkyĒí Walker (OK, the nickname is a retread) who has only played once since he was finally declared eligible? Second, I want to see how far Alabama has fallen. I think Anthony Grant is a tremendous coach, but heís having his problems getting it going at 'Bama.
Virginia at Georgia Tech: Need to check in on Virginia, the personal favorite team of Sullyís Court.
Nebraska at Northwestern: Revived Northwestern should assert itself here. If they donít, weíll know itís the same old Mildcats.
Butler at Georgetown: Not sure how Georgetown beat Michigan State, so theyíll have show me things have suddenly changed by winning this game decisively.
Texas at Kansas State: Texas is among the most surprising teams of the season. I donít think theyíll win this road game, but if they do, the wow factor will be large.
Milwaukee at Green Bay: Should be a rout, but good to get a quick check in on Green Bay, the Horizon Leagueís dominant force.
Michigan at Iowa: Both teams are better than expected this season, but I think the Wolverines will prevail because home court doesnít seem to make that big a different for Iowa.
Providence at Xavier: Another tough road test for the Friars following a bad home loss to St. Johnís. They need this one.
Auburn at LSU: Auburnís won three in a row while LSU lost at Georgia. LSU canít afford to lose at home.
Saint Louis at LaSalle: Saint Louis has a school-record 15-game winning streak, yet I think last seasonís Billikens were better than this seasonís. Maybe a win here will change my mind.
IUPU Fort Wayne at North Dakota State: These are the two best teams in the Summit League. Big game.
Oregon at Arizona State: Tough loss at Arizona Thursday night for the Ducks; canít let that affect this one.
Missouri at Ole Miss: Great guard play here. Old Missí unhinged one, Marshall Henderson, vs. Mizzouís Jabari Brown to see who can make a three-pointer from the longest distance. I bet Henderson tries one from halfcourt.
Duke at BC: Eagles really have no chance, but you still have to monitor.
Baylor at Oklahoma: Baylor has lost six of its last seven. Oklahoma has lost two in a row. Life in the Big 12 is rough. Home court will rescue the Sooners.
Cincinnati at SMU: What a rugged win for Cincy over UConn Thursday night. Hereís a tough road game because the Bearcats represent the signature win SMU has been looking for.
Virginia Commonwealth at Saint Josephís: VCU is always entertaining and Saint Joeís needs this one to start forging an NCAA resume.
Wichita State at Northern Iowa: The Wheat Shockers met their biggest challenge of the conference season by beating Indiana State Wednesday night. Has to be a letdown, right? Possible upset.
Gonzaga at Memphis: The Zags always have a great out-of-conference schedule. They should always get extra credit for that.
Michigan State at Wisconsin: Injuries have crippled Sparty; bad streak should continue.
Charlotte at Southern Mississippi: Southern Mississippi is 19-3 overall; a good chance to watch them against a decent opponent.
UMass at Rhode Island: The Minutemen should be rolling again.
Creighton at St. Johnís: The Redmen won at Providence, which was surprising. Still donít think they can beat McBuckets and the Bluejays.
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