HIGHLIGHTED MATCH UPS
-AKRON AT SAINT MARY’S. SMC beat a pretty good LA Tech team in their first game. Akron won their first game as well. This is a game between two good teams that are off to a good start.
-NEW MEXICO STATE AT HAWAI’I. The two old WAC conference foes face off. New Mexico State had a disappointing loss in their opener and Hawaii is trying to improve to 3-0.
-SFNY AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC. SFNY is looking for their second road win of the year. They had a nice win against Miami FL the other night.
-KENT STATE AT TEMPLE. These are two teams to keep an eye on throughout the year.
-BELMONT AT RICHMOND. Both seemed poised to have big years, and both managed wins in their first game. Both also are in need of notable wins, especially Belmont, because they won’t have many chances to impress the committee as they get into conference play.
-RHODE ISLAND AT SMU. SMU has been identified as a fringe tournament team. Both teams won their opener.
-RUTGERS AT UAB. Both teams won their opener, although both beat weak teams.
-COLORADO STATE AT GONZAGA. Colorado State is in major rebuilding mode, but a win tonight would really give them a huge boost. Gonzaga looked really impressive the other night in their opener against a pretty decent Bryant team.
-LONG BEACH STATE AT ARIZONA. Arizona shouldn’t have too much trouble winning this, although Long Beach will be one of the better teams in the Big West this year.
-BYU AT STANFORD. These are two teams that look to be good enough to make the NCAA Tournament, so a win for either one would be big.
-WESTERN KENTUCKY AT WICHITA STATE. This is the opener for both teams. WKU is one of the better teams in the Sun Belt who needs to pick up good wins out of conference if they want to impress the committee. Wichita State is coming off an improbable Final Four appearance and should be well within the bubble at the end of the season.
-Yale at UConn. Both teams won their first game.
-UMKC at Creighton.