Today we have four great games for you to look into on another super Saturday of action. Find out who else is playing today right here ...
Marquee Match Up(s)
12:00pm Cincinnati @ Syracuse
The still undefeated Syracuse Orange are taking on a resurgent Cincinnati Bearcats at home and the way that the Bearcats are playing of late this will not be an easy win for the Orange. Since his career high point total to start the Big East season against Providence, Kris Joseph has been looking more and more like he’s All Big East. He’s averaging 19 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 steals in 37 minutes of action. From here on in, it will seem like an NBA audition for Joseph as wins will not get any easier to come upon. Playing in arguably the toughest conference in the NCAA, how he handles this game will be another rung in the ladder for his draft stock.
4:00pm Oklahoma @ Texas
In the last game Texas played, both Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson had great games in what would be a blowout of instate rival Texas Tech. Thompson looked every bit a post monster scoring 20 points for the third time this season. Joseph contributed 15 points while playing hard-nosed defense and running the offense. Oklahoma is in a rebuilding stage and this game may likely be a similar one to the blowout at Texas Tech. But even if it is, watching Thompson and Joseph at work will still be exciting.
4:30pm Wagner @ Long Island
Wagner’s Tyler Murray has dropped 20-plus points now for four straight games and has led the Seahawks on a four game winning streak. It’s a great time to for Murray and Wagner to be winning now that they are into conference play. Long Island has a better overall record but is tied with Wagner with a conference leading 4-1 record. They are currently riding a six game winning streak and Kyle Johnson has been a big part of that streak. His numbers have been slowing down due in part to his minutes being reduced but he’s still playing well in his given court time. This game will be a great one to see two very talented Canadian ballers and quite possibly another 20 point outburst by Murray.
10:00pm Pepperdine @ Portland
In the last five games, Nem Mitrovic is averaging over 4 three point makes a game on his way to 19 points per contest for Portland. He’s becoming a certified gunner and is likely going to have a great shooting game against Pepperdine. The Pilots are coming off a very emotional overtime win over Loyola-Marymount two days ago with Mitrovic getting the key rebound that led to the go ahead basket in the second overtime. Could we be watching the emergence of another great Canadian guard from the West Coast Conference?
And here is where everyone else is playing today …
11:00am Marquette @ Louisville
12:00pm Northeastern @ Virginia Commonwealth
1:00pm Navy @ Lafayette
1:30pm Alabama @ Arkansas
1:30pm Texas Tech @ Kansas State
2:00pm Harvard @ George Washington – After his career high 23 against Boston College on Jan. 5, Laurent Rivard only have 8 points in the big win over Dartmouth three days later. I would expect that he will look to come out shooting in this game and he’ll need to if the Crimson want a chance at winning against George Washington. The Colonials have their own hot shooting Canadian in Dwayne Smith who has been making the most of his increased minutes. Smith is averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, an assist, a steal and block in the last five games. Who wins this game may come down to which Canuck has the better game.
2:00pm Canisius @ Manhattan
2:00pm Niagara @ St. Peter’s
2:00pm New Hampshire @ Stony Brook
2:00pm Appalachian State @ Western Carolina
2:30pm Arizona State @ Arizona
3:30pm Binghamton @ Maine
4:00pm North Carolina Central @ Copping State
4:00pm Texas State @ McNeese State – McNeese State’s Diego Kapelan had a great game in the Cowboys’ win over Lamar hitting for a game high 14 and hitting what would be the go ahead bucket in the win despite sitting a good part of the first half in foul trouble. After the game he told me through Twitter that he was going off in this game. I guess we’ll have to keep an eye on this game.
4:00pm Mount St. Mary’s @ St. Francis (NY)
5:00pm Northwestern State @ Central Arkansas
5:00pm Eastern Kentucky @ Southeast Missouri State
5:00pm Ark-Pine Bluff @ Southern University
5:30pm Tennessee-Martin @ Jacksonville State
6:00pm Baylor @ Iowa State – After a five point loss to Kansas at home, Iowa State has to be pretty pumped up to face Baylor. The Cyclones played the Jayhawks well and almost pulled off a win with Jamie Vanderbeken scoring 19 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Baylor, who sits at the top of the Big 12 Conference standings, is going to be a tough out for Iowa State for sure and both Vanderbeken and Melvin Ejim will need to step up big.
7:00pm Cornell @ Columbia
7:00pm Wofford @ Davidson
7:00pm Monmouth @ Robert Morris
7:00pm Fairleigh Dickinson @ St, Francis (PA)
7:00pm Drexel @ William & Mary
7:00pm Oakland @ IPFW
7:05pm Cleveland State @ Youngstown State
8:00pm Washington State @ Stanford
8:00pm Louisiana-Lafayette @ Arkansas-Little Rock
8:00pm Loyola Marymount @ Gonzaga – Rob Sacre had a career high 24 points Thursday night but only had 3 boards. Will Sacre the defender show up today or will it be the post scorer. Kelly Olynyk may be looking like an all conference player, if they only measure it in increments of 15 minutes.
8:00pm Hawaii @ Louisiana Tech – Olu Ashaolu had a season low 4 points in Louisiana Tech’s tight loss to San Jose State two nights ago but did have 11 rebounds. He posted double digit rebounding games in six of his last seven but the team is running on a five game losing skid. What will Ashaolu have for Tech today?
8:05pm Wichita State @ Drake
8:15pm Campbell @ Belmont
8:30pm Murray State @ Tennessee Tech
9:00pm San Jose State @ New Mexico State
10:00pm UC Irvine @ Cal Poly
10:00pm Idaho @ Cal Bakersfield
11:00pm Santa Clara @ Saint Mary’s