With the college basketball season in full swing, B5Q highlights the top games to watch each day upcoming. At roughly the half-way mark in the season, teams are either starting to define themselves as contenders for the NCAA tournament or are faltering as conference play heats up.
NCAAM Bracketology - ESPN. Kudos to Butler (and Rutgers!). https://t.co/uL3N0o4hLF— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) January 7, 2020
Thursday, January 9
Early TV window
No. 21 Memphis Tigers (12-2) at No. 23 Wichita State Shockers (13-1) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN2
Two of the top teams in the American Athletic Conference tip-off in Wichita, as the Shockers look to stay dominant. Memphis had one of the best recruiting classes in program history, but that took a hit with James Wiseman leaving the program.
Purdue Boilermakers (9-6) at No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (10-4) at 6 p.m. CST on FS1
After both teams started out the season strong, they have each hit some speed bumps in conference play. With home teams holding a strong advantage in Big Ten play so far, Michigan will look to bounce-back with a big win.
Late TV window
No. 24 Arizona Wildcats (11-3) at No. 9 Oregon Ducks (12-3) at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN
Payton Pritchard is one of the point guards in the country, is his play going to be enough to lead the Ducks over Arizona?
Minnesota Gophers (8-6) at No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (12-3) at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2
Michigan State is the cream of the crop in the Big Ten so far. Minnesota has been fairly middling. With this game taking place in East Lansing, Michigan State is the clear favorite in this one.
Up next in #B1G play: the Golden Gophers.— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) January 8, 2020
Hear Coach Izzo, @cassiuswinston, and @_Going_Pro_ preview our matchup with Minnesota tomorrow night ⏩ #GoGreen pic.twitter.com/7E0xaKVy0k
Friday, January 10
No. 12 Maryland Terrapins (13-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (10-5) at 6 p.m. CST on FS1
Iowa has struggled in conference play so far. Maryland has been one of the better teams in the country. Which way this game will break is anyones guess.
No. 6 Butler Bulldogs (14-1) at Providence Friars (10-6) at 8 p.m. CST on FS1
All-name team member Alpha Diallo leads the Friars in most statistical categories, but Butler has a strong duo in Kamar Baldwin and Sean McDermott. This game features the top two teams in the Big East so far, and should be a fun one.
#KatzRankz - Toughest Conferences— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) January 8, 2020
1. Big East
2. Big Ten
3. Big 12
Saturday, January 11
Morning games/early afternoon
No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-4) at Indiana Hoosiers (11-3) at 11 a.m. CST on FOX
Much like Iowa, both Ohio State and Indiana have struggled a bit since Big Ten play started. Both teams will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday morning.
No. 4 Baylor Bears (12-1) at No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (11-2) at 12 p.m. CST on CBS
This the headliner for the day. Both teams come in at the top of the heap in the Big-12. With some explosive athletes representing each side here, this is likely the best game to watch.
No. 13 Louisville Cardinals (12-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-4) at 1 p.m. CST on ESPN
Notre Dame is looking to get back to .500 in conference, while Louisville is a dark horse title contender. In a game that could help shape the ACC, will it be a Cardinal or Irish victory?
Wisconsin Badgers (9-6) at No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions (12-3) at 1:15 p.m. CST on BTN
Pat Chambers sounded like a very confident coach at Big Ten Media Days back in the fall. He had good reason, as Lamar Stevens is one of the best players in the conference. Wisconsin had rebounded nicely from a tough start before a setback against Illinois. Saturday represents another big opportunity for Greg Gard and company.
No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-4) at No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers (12-2) at 5 p.m. CST on ESPN2
After a deep run in the 2019 NCAA tournament, Texas Tech has continued to play well in 2020. This game will likely be fast paced and a good watch if you are hankering for some Big-12 basketball.
Others to monitor: Georgia at Auburn (5 p.m. on ESPN), Arizona State at Oregon (9:30 p.m. on Pac-12)
Coincidence? We think not.@BadgerMBB is 4-0 since Micah Potter (@BigJam_23) became eligible, including an upset of his former team at Ohio State.@TheAndyKatz chats with the Wisconsin transfer: pic.twitter.com/Rs4iWmdQKI— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 7, 2020
Sunday, January 12
No. 8 Michigan State (12-3) at Purdue (9-6) at 11 a.m. CST on CBS
Can Purdue knock off Michigan State at home? Mackey Arena is one of the tougher venues in the Big ten, and it should be rocking for a weekend game.
No. 19 Michigan (10-4) at Minnesota (8-6) at 12 p.m. CST on BTN
With the NFL playoff games going on this game will likely not see as much attention as usual, but nonetheless, Minnesota has a major opportunity in conference play to get a big win. Michigan has been a nice surprise in year one of Juwan Howard’s tenure, can they keep it going?
No. 24 Arizona (11-3) at Oregon State Beavers (11-3) at 9 p.m. CST on FS1
Oregon State has played well this season, something very few likely saw coming. With perennial contender Arizona coming to town, can the Beavers show they are for real?
The 1989-90 Oregon State team with Gary Payton started 12-2.— Oregon State Hoops (@BeaverMBB) January 6, 2020
The Beavers' best record through 14 games since then?
2015-16 -- 11-3
2019-20 -- 11-3#GoBeavs
Monday, January 13
Seriously!?! Watch the College Football National Championship game. Don’t waste your time on some low-level basketball games. The slate is not great.
"Joe Burrow is closer to his ceiling while Trevor Lawrence is probably the best prospect we've seen since Andrew Luck."— 96.9 The Game (@969thegame) January 8, 2020
- @johns_tailgate on the NFL prospects of the two QBs going head-to-head for the national championship. pic.twitter.com/4nc7mZziSy
Tuesday, January 14
Early TV window
No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (13-1) at Clemson Tigers (7-7) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN
Duke still reigns supreme in the ACC. While Clemson has not been anything special this season, road tilts can be difficult in conference play.
Other games to monitor: VCU at No. 15 Dayton (7 p.m.), Louisville at Pittsburgh (6 p.m.).
Late TV window
No. 12 Maryland (13-2) at Wisconsin (9-6) at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN
Wisconsin will have another great opportunity to bolster their postseason resume at home against Maryland. The Terrapins have one of the best collection of talent in the country, can Wisconsin shut them down?
Other games to monitor: Depaul at No. 16 Villanova (7:30 p.m.), No. 3 Kansas at Oklahoma (8 p.m.), TCU at No. 17 West Virginia (8 p.m.).
Let's keep things rolling— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 6, 2020
Illinois in town on Wednesday
Another B1G road test Saturday#OnWisconsin » #Badgers pic.twitter.com/WxbuNpUbH3
Wednesday, January 15
Early TV window
No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers (11-3) at No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (13-2) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN2
The defending champions go on the road against the Seminoles who are chock full of athletes. Florida State has been doing a nice job the past few seasons, can they break through this season?
Indiana (11-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-3) at 6 p.m. CST on BTN
Rutgers has been one of the most surprising teams in the conference this season. After taking down the Badgers, they have also beaten Seton Hall, Penn State, and Nebraska. This is actually a very good Big Ten game.
Late TV window
No. 5 Auburn Tigers (13-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (7-6) at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2
The SEC is very top heavy this season. Auburn is one of the better teams in the conference, and in the country abroad under Bruce Pearl. Alabama has not been anything special this season, but rivalry games can be tricky.
No. 20 Penn State (12-3) at Minnesota (8-6) at 8 p.m. CST on BTN
Penn State is relevant! Can Minnesota steal some of their momentum, or will the Nittany Lions keep it going?
January 7, 2020