HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Highlighted Games for Thursday, Nov. 28th

-DENVER VS HARVARD (Great Alaska Shootout). Denver could still have a big year, but they’ve lost both of their games so far and haven’t looked all that good yet. Harvard is coming off a loss at Colorado, but many feel they’re still a top 25 team. Chad also wrote about this in his SCGD, which is why it gets top billing.  http://hoopshd.com/2013/11/28/small-conference-game-of-the-day-thanksgiving-edition/

-PURDUE VS OKLAHOMA STATE (Old Spice Classic). Neither team has a loss yet, but Okie State has looked far better than Purdue up to this point.

-USC VS VILLANOVA (Battle 4 Atlantis). Both teams have racked up big records against weaker competition, so this tournament is the first big test for either of them.

-MIAMI FL VS GEORGE WASHINGTON (Wooden Legacy). GW has not lost yet and appears to be pretty good, but needs to substantiate that by doing well in this tournament. Miami, on the other hand, has really struggled this year.

-BUTLER VS WASHINGTON STATE (Old Spice Classic). Butler hasn’t lost yet, but they’ve struggled against weak competition in most of their games. They’ll have the opportunity to pick up wins of note in this tournament.

-KANSAS VS WAKE FOREST (Battle 4 Atlantis). Neither team has lost yet, but Kansas has looked far superior to Wake. KU is thinking #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament whereas Wake is just looking for some recognition.

-MARQUETTE VS CAL STATE FULLERTON (Wooden Legacy). Marquette is off to a shaky 3-2 start and really needs a strong showing in this tournament to get some decent wins on their profile.

-MEMPHIS VS SIENA (Old Spice Classic). Memphis’s inability to play well against tournament caliber teams over the years is well documented. They need to pick up some quality wins in this tournament if they want to be taken seriously, and they certainly need to avoid a loss today.

-IOWA VS XAVIER (Battle 4 Atlantis). Both teams are unbeaten, and other than Xavier’s home win against Tennessee both are also untested. It’s a good chance to get an early quality win.

-NEVADA AT UCLA. A win for the Bruins gets them to 6-0.

-CHARLESTON VS SAN DIEGO STATE (Wooden Legacy). Neither team has made a whole lot of noise yet, but has the chance to if they do well in this tournament.

-LSU VS SAINT JOSEPH’S (Old Spice Classic). Both teams have just one loss, but neither have any big wins yet.

-UTEP VS TENNESSEE (Battle 4 Atlantis). Both teams appear to be decent, but both need good wins on their profile.

-PEPPERDINE VS GREEN BAY (Great Alaska Shootout). Both teams have just one loss. Green Bay is the favorite to win the Horizon League, and nearly upset Wisconsin earlier in the year, so they’re definitely worth keeping an eye on. This field isn’t particularly strong, but there are still a few chances for somewhat decent wins in it.

-NORTHWESTERN VS MISSOURI (Las Vegas Invitational). Mizzou hasn’t lost yet and has a chance to really make a statement if they play well in this tournament.

-CREIGHTON VS ARIZONA STATE (Wooden Legacy). Neither team has a loss yet, and Arizona State is coming off a big home win against Marquette. This is one of the more intriguing games of the day as both teams are trying to establish themselves early.

Griggs

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