Today we have a few games for your selection that will take you from your early afternoon right into your night. Find out where everyone else is playing right here ...
Marquee Match Up
2:00pm St. Bonaventure @ George Washington
Andrew Nicholson had been playing great all season and the most important thing was that he was staying on the floor and out of foul trouble. In his last two games, he’s been saddled with foul trouble that has both limited his playing time and effectiveness. Nicholson is averaging 22.5 minutes in the last two games and is averaging 11 points and 3.5 rebounds. Against this tough George Washington team, Nicholson needs to be on the floor for any chance of the Bonnies to win. Of note GW’s Dwayne Smith is playing really well averaging 9.7 points, 6 rebounds and just over a steal in since the New Year.
4:00pm Texas @ Kansas
The Longhorns are currently 4-1 since Jan. 1 and are going to be facing their toughest game to date. They had lost to Connecticut in a tough overtime game at home not long ago so they should be prepared to grind this one out with Kansas. The dynamic freshmen Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson have been playing great of late with Thompson averaging 16 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks while Joseph is averaging 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and a steal in the last five games. The Jayhawks will have players to match up well against these two studs (think Marcus Morris and Josh Selby) so this could come down to a game of wills and maybe even attrition.
6:00pm Portland @ Santa Clara
Santa Clara is coming off their biggest win of the season after upsetting Gonzaga 85-71 on their home floor two nights ago with Marc Trasolini contributing 11 pts and 2 rebounds. The Broncos should all still be high from the win and feel like they can beat anyone but they can’t sleep on Portland. Despite losing to San Francisco on Thursday, this Pilots team is packing some firepower. Both teams have legit inside/outside threats and Portland’s Nem Mitrovic is as deadly as they come. He’s currently shooting at about 52% (52.9% actually) from the three and will fill it up in a hurry. This will be a great match up in a very even conference so look for a blowout or a slugfest. Either way, the game will be fun to watch.
9:00pm Iowa State @ Missouri
Iowa State comes into this game after a 96-87 overtime loss to Oklahoma State two nights ago. That loss to the Cowboys is the only one of the five they have that was more than six points this season and their losses include Cal and Kansas which tells you something about this team. The Cyclones are going to look to jump out early in this one and they will need to since they currently play with a short bench. Jamie Vanderbeken has been incredible of late averaging 20 points over the last three games including shooting 17-of-28 from the three. Melvin Ejim has seen his scoring take a dip in January but he has still been active on the glass and on defense. Both players will need to play huge in this one if there is to be an upset in the brewing.
And here is where everyone one else is playing tonight …
12:00pm Villanova @ Syracuse
12:00pm Richmond @ Massachusetts
1:00pm Lehigh @ Lafayette – Lafayette has been on a winless drought but this may be the game to cure them of that. The Lehigh/Lafayette rivalry goes back a long, long time and will likely have the intensity of an NCAA Tournament game. Jared Mintz will be looking to bring his best game forward for this one so tune in if you can.
1:00pm Ark-Little Rock @ Florida Atlantic
1:00pm Eastern Kentucky @ Morehead State
2:00pm Stanford @ UCLA
2:00pm Dartmouth @ Harvard
2:00pm Kansas State @ Texas A&M
2:00pm Wright State @ Cleveland State
2:00pm Northeastern @ Drexel
3:00pm McNeese State @ Northwestern State – McNeese State lost a tough one to Southeastern Louisiana a few days ago and will be looking to get back on the winning track here to give them some separation from the team behind them in the standings (which happens to be Southeastern Louisiana). Shooter Diego Kapelan has been on an offensive upswing in the last four games putting up double digits in each game including 10 threes.
4:00pm Arizona State @ Washington
4:30pm Columbia @ Cornell
4:30pm Coppin State @ Maryland-Eastern Shore
5:00pm Creighton @ Missouri State
6:30pm Southern @ Alabama State
7:00pm Stony Brook @ Maine
7:00pm Marquette @ Notre Dame
7:00pm Minnesota @ Michigan
7:00pm Colgate @ Bucknell
7:00pm Georgia Southern @ Elon
7:00pm St. Francis (NY) @ Robert Morris
7:00pm Long Island @ St. Francis (PA)
7:00pm Western Carolina @ Citadel
7:00pm Sacred Heart @ Wagner – Wagner’s Tyler Murray was held to less than 15 points for the first time in six games after scoring just 13 in the big 90-80 win over Quinnipiac. Sacred Heart is sitting near the bottom of the Northeast Conference so this should be a win for the Seahawks and possibly a big game offensive game for Murray.
7:05pm Detroit @ Youngstown State
7:30pm Cal Bakersfield @ San Diego – Cal Bakersfield is now on a five game losing streak and they are gonna need this game if anything to build confidence for the rest of the season. San Diego is sitting at the bottom of the West Coast Conference right now at 0-3 and is 3-14 over. This will be the Road Runners’ best change to snap the streak before the tougher teams of the month kick in. Alex Johnson has only scored in double digits once in the last three games after going five straight before Jan. 5.
7:30pm Eastern Illinois @ Tennessee-Martin
8:00pm Arkansas @ Florida
8:00pm Gonzaga @ San Francisco – Gonzaga is coming off an upset loss to Santa Clara two nights ago and they should still be stinging from that. Rob Sacre was great in the game putting up 16 points and 7 rebounds and is looking more like a beast in the middle sinc the New Year. Kelly Olynyk also had a decent game coming off the bench to provide 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. No doubt that both players and their team will want to win this game to ease the previous loss (and some likely bruised egos) and get back to winning in the WCC conference.
8:05pm Central Arkansas @ Lamar
8:05pm Drake @ Northern Iowa
8:30pm IPFW @ South Dakota State
8:30pm Tennessee Tech @ Tennessee State
9:00pm Texas Southern @ Ark-Pine Bluff
10:00pm Long Beach State @ UC Irvine
10:30pm Louisiana Tech @ Nevada
11:00pm Cal @ USC
11:00pm New Mexico State @ Utah State – The four Canadians on New Mexico State deserve your attention, regardless if I have something clever to say about them or not. Win or lose, they are contributing too much to this team each game for you not to.