College basketball daily-11/9/18
After a couple of nights of not-so-great games, things pick up tonight. Here are some games to watch: (all times Eastern)
GAMES OF NATIONAL INTEREST:
1. Washington at Auburn at 9:30 p.m. (SEC Network). This game features AP #25 at AP #11. Washington looked good in the second half of their game on Tuesday night as they rallied for a nice victory over a talented Western Kentucky team. Auburn steamrolled an overmatched South Alabama team on Tuesday. I think this one will be good, and as much as I would like to take the upset, I think Auburn wins a really close game.
2. Buffalo at West Virginia at 9 p.m. (ESPNU). Buffalo looks to pull the upset over the AP #13 Mountaineers. The Bulls looked good in their opener on Tuesday, but can they withstand the press? I am going to take Buffalo to do it (and probably will be wrong, but it's no fun to always pick the favorite).
3. Southern Illinois at Kentucky at 7 p.m. (SEC Network). How does UK bounce back from a thorough ass-kicking it took from Duke? There's too much talent here to not expect it, but it won't be easy against a veteran Saluki team picked highly in the Missouri Valley. I think UK pulls away late and wins by 10.
4. Arkansas vs. Texas (Fort Bliss-El Paso, TX; Armed Forces Classic) at 7 p.m. (ESPN). Not sure either of these teams will be that good this year, but with Veterans Day approaching, it would just seem wrong to not include the game on this list. I like Texas in this game going away.
UPSET WATCH: (Bigger schools that could lose to mid-majors)
Lehigh at Miami, FL at 7 p.m. (ACC Network/Watch ESPN)
Stanford at UNC-Wilmington at 7 p.m.
Stony Brook at South Carolina at 7 p.m. (SEC+/Watch ESPN)
UNC-Greensboro at LSU at 8 p.m. (SEC+/WatchESPN)
UC-Irvine at Texas A&M at 9:30 p.m. (SEC+/WatchESPN)
Utah Valley at BYU at 10 p.m. (BYU TV)
California vs. Yale (Shanghai, China) at 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Other games that could/should be fun to watch:
Vermont at Boston U. at 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network)
UNC at Elon at 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Old Dominion at St. Joseph's at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
Montana St. at Indiana at 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Georgia St. at Montana (Pluto TV Channel 237)
Pacific at Nevada at 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
It's a nice slate for early in the season. Enjoy!