Highlighted Games For Saturday, Jan 31st

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-DUKE AT VIRGINIA (ACC) (***Spotlight Game***).  Duke has won some monster road games already, and almost picked up another one earlier this week at Notre Dame.  Virginia is ranked #2 in the country, and the place should be off the hook for this one.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we saw both of these teams up on the #1 line.

-TEXAS TECH AT WEST VIRGINIA (Big Twelve).  This is a very winnable home game for a WVU team that’s had to sweat out some wins, but keeps on winning.

-TULANE AT TEMPLE (American).  Temple is so far outside the bubble that they need to string together several wins just to get on it, but I do think the opportunity, and perhaps even the ability, is there.

-NC STATE AT GEORGIA TECH (ACC).  NC State needs to string together some wins to get back into the picture.

-NOTRE DAME AT PITTSBURGH (ACC).  Notre Dame continues to win and impress.  It’s never easy to win on the road, but they keep coming out on top.

-PROVIDENCE AT SAINT JOHN’S (Big East).  The Johnnies need this win in the worst way.  Providence has a pretty impressive profile, has looked great on the court as of late, and continues to improve.

-XAVIER AT SETON HALL (Big East).  Xavier got a much needed road win earlier in the week.  If they pick up this one, then suddenly they’re 6-4 in the league with two road wins, and in the midst of a stretch where they’ve won four out of five with the only loss being in overtime to one of the conference’s hottest teams.  Seton Hall is getting dangerously close to the bubble and really needs this one as well.

-DAVIDSON AT SAINT JOSEPH’S (Atlantic Ten).  We have Davidson right outside the bubble, and if they want to get inside of it, they need road wins.

-WISCONSIN AT IOWA (Big Ten).  This is a very good Wisconsin team going up against an inconsistent Iowa team.  But, with their inconsistency, they are sometimes very good.

-AUBURN AT TENNESSEE (SEC).  It’s a homecoming of sorts for Bruce Pearl.  It’s also a must win game for a Tennessee team that is right on the bubble.

-PENN STATE AT ILLINOIS (Big Ten).  Illinois is squarely on our bubble, and every game has a pivotal feel to it.  Losing at home to a non-tournament team would not be good.

-SOUTH FLORIDA AT TULSA (American).  Tulsa keeps winning, and keeps improving their profile.  Of course a loss in a game like this could crash it pretty quickly.

-ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA (SEC).  Arkansas is on a roll and can pick up another road win against a Florida team that has a ton of work to do just to get into the discussion.

-TCU AT IOWA STATE (Big Twelve).  TCU has lost two close games to highly ranked teams in a row.  Iowa State has struggled some away from home, but they’re still really strong and they can improve to 6-2 in the league with a win today.

-KANSAS STATE AT KANSAS (Big Twelve).  Kansas State is right on the bubble, or so some of us (not me) think.  Now, if they pull off a win in this one, I will certainly begin to agree with them.

-BUTLER AT MARQUETTE (Big East).  Butler is clearly having the better year, but there are no easy road games in this league.

-VILLANOVA AT DEPAUL (Big East).  DePaul has struggled, but they’ve still played very well at home so it won’t be easy for Nova.

-GEORGETOWN AT CREIGHTON (Big East).  Creighton has just one league win, but they’re still tough to beat at home.  Georgetown is solidly in the bubble and it’s always good when you can add a road win to your profile.

-LSU AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (SEC).  LSU continues to win, and this is a winnable road game that they can add to their profile.

-GREEN BAY AT CLEVELAND STATE (Horizon League).  Green Bay needs to win out in order to get consideration.  It won’t be easy.  Cleveland State is tough at home, and they have a chance to tie them in the standings so they’ll be jacked for this one.

-EVANSVILLE AT DRAKE (Missouri Valley).  Evansville will need to take down one of the heavyweights and avoid losing to anyone else, but getting inside the bubble is still a possibility…however remote.

-RUTGERS AT INDIANA (Big Ten).  This is a good chance for Indiana to rebound after their blistering loss at Purdue.

-WICHITA STATE AT NORTHERN IOWA (Missouri Valley).  I saw something today that, if true, is almost impossible to believe, but this is the first MVC conference game between two ranked teams since 1982.  Wow.  Well, both are ranked, both appear to be first ballot teams, and if one can run away from the other they could end up as a protected seed.

-NORTH CAROLINA AT LOUISVILLE (ACC).  This is a showcase game between two good teams that, while good, still have room to improve.  The first meeting between these two was a thriller.

-RICHMOND AT VCU.  This is a great conference crosstown rivalry, but it appears to be a mismatch this year.  VCU is looking like a protected seed, whereas Richmond appears to be outside the NIT.

-GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA (SEC).  Georgia has a good profile, but they do need some more road win.

-OLE MISS AT MISSOURI (SEC).  Ole Miss is right on the bubble and could use a road win on their profile.  More pointedly, they don’t want to lose on the road to a team that’s as pitiful as Mizzou.

-GEORGE WASHINGTON AT RHODE ISLAND (Atlantic Ten).  This will not be an easy game for GW.  They’ve struggled lately, and their performance in the Diamondhead Classic are still what’s carrying them.  Rhody is not a tournament team, but they’re, so this game has a pivotal feel for GW.

-VANDERBILT AT TEXAS A&M (SEC).  TAMU is having a good season, but in order to stay inside the bubble they can’t afford to lose to non-tournament teams at home.

-MARSHALL AT LOUISIANA TECH (Conference USA).  LA Tech can get inside the bubble, possibly, but they pretty much need to win out to do it.

-TEXAS AT BAYLOR (Big Twelve).  This is a conference rivalry between two teams that are in the rankings who, while good, still have room for improvement.  Should be fun.

-PEPPERDINE AT SAINT MARY’S (West Coast).  Saint Mary’s is on the bubble, and basically can’t afford to lose to anyone.

-WESTERN KENTUCKY AT SOUTHERN MISS (Conference USA).  It’s still possible for WKU, but anything short of winning out and they’ll need the automatic bid, and even winning out may not be enough.

-NEVADA AT WYOMING (Mountain West).  We have Wyoming on the outside looking in, and they need to win to avoid falling even further out.

-FRESNO STATE AT COLORADO STATE (Mountain West).  Colorado State is having a big year, and shouldn’t have too much trouble winning this one.

-NEBRASKA AT MINNESOTA (Big Ten).  Nebraska needs to….Oh, forget it!!!!

-FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OLD DOMINION (Conference USA).  ODU has hit the skids somewhat, but if they can right the ship and end up winning out, they can still get into a position to make the NCAAs even if they fail to win the conference tournament.

-HAWAI’I AT LONG BEACH STATE (Big West).  I’m the only one who’s saying this, but I still think this Long Beach team is good enough to win out, and if they do they’ll have a very impressive profile that could land them inside the bubble.

-ALABAMA AT KENTUCKY (SEC).  If Alabama wins this game, they’ll still have work to do.  Having said that, Kentucky won decisively at Alabama earlier this year, and shouldn’t have too much trouble winning this one tonight.

-OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA STATE (Big Twelve).  BEDLAM!!!!!  Okie State used to be a snake pit.  Now it’s half empty more often than not, but it won’t be tonight.  This is a conference rivalry between two teams that are solidly inside the bubble, so it means a lot on and off paper.

-UCF AT SMU (American).  SMU is on a roll, and can continue to build their profile as they continue to win.

-UTAH STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE (Mountain West).  San Diego State is cruising, and shouldn’t have too much trouble winning this one tonight.

-STANFORD AT WASHINGTON STATE (Pac Twelve).  Wazzu is improved.  Wazzu is at home.  But, it’s still a game that a tournament caliber team like Stanford should be able to win.

-MEMPHIS AT GONZAGA.  A showcase OOC game that, as it turns out, isn’t much of a showcase.  Gonzaga wanted a big game later in the season, and Memphis let them down!

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