Highlighted Games for Wednesday, Dec 31st

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-TEMPLE AT CONNECTICUT (American).  Temple has been playing really well lately, and has a chance to land inside the bubble.  If they can pick up this win on the road it will go a long way toward helping them.

-SAINT JOHN’S AT SETON HALL (Big East).  The Johnnies appear to be the better team, but opening league play at Seton Hall, who is unbeaten at home, may not be easy.

-PENN STATE AT WISCONSIN (Big Ten).  This is the first real test for Penn State.

-HOUSTON AT MEMPHIS.  If Memphis wants any hope at all of making the field they’ll have to absolutely dominate in conference play.

-VANDERBILT AT SAINT LOUIS.  Both teams have good records, but neither have any really big wins yet.

-BUTLER AT VILLANOVA (Big East).  Butler has been good this year, but this is a huge order opening conference play on the road against a Nova team that looks like they can get a #1 seed.

-MINNESOTA AT PURDUE.  Minney is out to an impressive 11-2 start.  If they are a legit tournament team this is the kind of road game they need to be able to win.

-GEORGIA AT KANSAS STATE.  Georgia is 7-3, but hasn’t done anything too spectacular yet.  This is the kind of road game they need to be able to win if they’re a serious contender.

-BROWN AT RHODE ISLAND.  A win gets Rhody to 8-3.

-GEORGE MASON AT OKLAHOMA.  Oklahoma can improve to a respective 9-3 with a win.

-SOUTH FLORIDA AT SMU (American).  Despite being 9-3, SMU’s margin for error is small.  One problem is that this is their tenth home game, and they haven’t done much away from home to brag about.

-MARQUETTE AT DEPAUL (Big East).  Both these teams have some catching up to do.

-AIR FORCE AT SAN DIEGO STATE (Mountain West).  Air Force can be tough to play against, but San Diego State should be able to pick up their conference opener at home.

-INDIANA AT NEBRASKA (Big Ten).  Both these teams have been somewhat surprising.  Indiana has been better than expected, and Nebraska has been a lot worse.  The pressure is really on Nebraska to do well in league play.  Otherwise they’ll be on the outside looking in come March.

-CORNELL AT SYRACUSE.  This match up has been fun in the past, but it appears to be a huge mismatch this year.

-WICHITA STATE AT DRAKE (Missouri Valley).  Wichita will definitely be tested in conference play, but probably not today.


-CREIGHTON AT PROVIDENCE (Big East).  Both teams have played well at times, but both still have work to do.

-BOISE STATE AT COLORADO STATE (Mountain West).  This is a great match up between a Boise State team with a 10-3 record who still needs some big wins, and a still unbeaten and now nationally ranked Colorado State team.

-UNLV AT WYOMING (Mountain West).  Both teams have good records and UNLV got a big win recently against Arizona, but still doesn’t have a true road win.

-GEORGETOWN AT XAVIER (Big East).  Georgetown is in the rankings and has some big wins already.  Xavier is unbeaten at home, though, so this should be a really good game.

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