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12-4-19 College Basketball Games to Watch

CBB Games to Watch 12-4-19

Headliner Games

#5 Virginia at Purdue (-2) (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) at 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

#6 Ohio St. at #7 North Carolina (-3 ½) (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

So you remember how I said last’s night’s slate of games might be the best the season had produced so far? Yeah, okay, maybe that didn’t pan out as both headliners were decisive wins by Louisville and Duke. I really, really think tonight’s slate of games will be even better! Popular wisdom says whomever scores 40 wins the UVa-Purdue game. No way it tops last year’s tourney game between the two, but I think this one should be close and could produce another late-game heroic situation. OSU-UNC should be another hotly contested match-up. Can the Buckeyes slow down Cole Anthony? How does Armando Bacot do vs. Kaleb Wesson? Unlike the first game, there should be points galore in this one. I think both road teams win.

Upset Watch Games

Penn at #23 Villanova (-13 ½) at 6:30 p.m. (FS1)

Iona at UConn (-13) at 7 p.m. (SNY/ESPN3)

Notre Dame at #3 Maryland (-9 ½) (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Texas St. at Houston (-12 ½) at 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

Texas Tech (-2) at DePaul (Big 12/Big East Challenge) at 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

San Diego St. (-5) at Colorado St. (MW) at 9 p.m. (Stadium on Facebook Watch)

Wisconsin at N.C. State (-5 ½) (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) at 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wake Forest at Penn St. (-11 ½) (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) at 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)

E. Washington at #22 Washington (-15 ½) at 10 p.m. (Pac-12N-Wash.)

These nine games feature a mix of slight underdogs and bigger underdogs. DePaul tries to stay undefeated as a home dog against last year’s title runner-up Texas Tech. The Red Raiders dropped two in their early season tourney, and need a good road win to bolster their resume’. DePaul might break in to the Top 25 for the first time in seemingly forever if they get this one. San Diego State gets a conference road game tonight; if they go undefeated this week, they too should crack the Top 25 next week. Wisky and Wake have chances to go on the road and add some good wins to their ledger. Don’t count out the Fighting Irish at Maryland; in the past, this is the type of game the Terps find a way to lose and then their fans grumble about Mark Turgeon. Maryland could use this nice win to try to solidify their status as a title contender. Nova, UConn, Houston, and Washington all host mid-majors that could pull the upset if they don’t play their best ball.

Other games to Watch

E. Tenn. St. (-17) at The Citadel (Southern) at 7 p.m. (ESPN+) $$

S. Carolina (-1 ½) at UMass at 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Yale (-5) at Albany at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+) $$

Georgetown at Oklahoma St. (-11) (Big 12/Big East Challenge) at 8 p.m. (ESPN+) $$

BYU (-2 ½) at Utah at 8 p.m. (Pac-12N)

Boise St. at New Mexico (-4 ½) (MW) at 9 p.m. (Stadium on Facebook Watch)

California at San Francisco (-8 ½) at 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

#25 Utah St. (-22 ½) at San Jose St. (MW) at 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

These eight games have the potential to be good ones. G’town-Okla. St. stands out as the Hoyas try to recover from losing two critical players (Akinjo and Leblanc) and on the heels of allegations against several players. The Cowboys try to stay undefeated. BYU-Utah should be a fun rivalry game. We have a couple of interesting Mountain West conference games also, and San Francisco playing for the second night in a row at home against a Pac-12 opponent in Cal (Arizona State came to town and got a win last night). Enjoy!


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