College basketball season tips off
So it's been quite a while since I have posted and I am only able to have time to write this post because I am home sick. Anyways, college basketball is my favorite sport so here are some games you might want to watch tonight: (all times Eastern)
GAMES OF NATIONAL INTEREST
1. Duke vs. Kentucky (Indianapolis, IN) at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN). Game 2 of the Champions Classic should be the game of the night if all the top-rated freshmen on both sides play up to par. Like many others, I think UK wins a close one due to Stanford transfer Reid Travis and a couple of sophomores returning (which is rare for UK).
2. Michigan State vs. Kansas (Indianapolis, IN) at 7 p.m. (ESPN). Game 1 of the Champions Classic should (or could) be good too. Kansas is the AP preseason #1 due to a mix of talented experience and freshmen. Michigan State lost two first-round draft picks but still has Tom Izzo and a lot of experience. I am taking Kansas but this could come down to the wire too if Sparty plays good D.
3. Florida at FSU at 9 p.m. (ESPN2). My Noles are coming off a surprise Elite 8 run, while UF has Jalen Hudson, Kevaughn Allen, a lot of other experienced returnees, and a 5-star point guard in Andrew Nembhard. FSU plays without Phil Cofer, who is out approximately 6 weeks with a foot injury. A lot of national pundits are going with UF in a close one. I think FSU wins if MJ Walker, Trent Forrest, and Mfiondu Kabengele show the kind of improvement expected from all three (Forrest and Kabengele were really good in the tourney run last year). On the other hand, UF seems due to win one as FSU has won 4 in a row in the series. I am taking UF in a really close one.
4. BYU at Nevada at 11 p.m. (CBS Sports Network). Nevada is ranked #7 in the preseason AP poll and could be a legit national title contender. BYU should be the biggest challenger to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference this year. This should be a good one and entertaining if you like a lot of points. I like Nevada by 10.
5. Western Kentucky at Washington at 10:30 p.m. (ESPNU). Washington comes into the season with high hopes and a #25 preseason AP ranking. Western Kentucky features a 5-star freshman center in Charles Bassey and a host of transfers from bigger schools. I like Washington but don't be surprised if the Hilltoppers pull the upset if Bassey is the real deal.
UPSET WATCH: (Bigger schools that could lose to mid-majors)
Rider at UCF at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Wagner at Seton Hall at 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
Penn at George Mason at 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
Illinois-Chicago at Notre Dame at 7 p.m. (ACC Network/Watch ESPN)
North Carolina at Wofford at 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
UMBC at Marquette at 9 p.m. (FS1)
Winthrop at Vanderbilt at 9:30 p.m. (SEC+/Watch ESPN)
Seattle at Stanford at 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network-Bay Area)
Other games that could/should be fun to watch:
St. Francis (PA) at Buffalo at 4 p.m. (ESPN+)
E. Tennessee St. at Georgia St. at 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
Florida Gulf Coast at Illinois State at 7 p.m. (ESPN3/Watch ESPN)
LaSalle at Temple at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3/Watch ESPN)
Grand Canyon U. at South Dakota St. at 8 p.m. (ESPN3/Watch ESPN)
La. Tech at Wichita St. at 8 p.m. (ESPN3/Watch ESPN)