The non-conference events and tournaments continue this week, and as always, we can only look at games that are definitely on the schedule, not games that are possibilities to happen at this point. Still, there's a Pac-12 team with one of the best players in the country taking a crack at two Big East teams, plus three other games against ranked opponents, so there's more than enough to keep us busy this week.
Last Week: 4-1 (Thanks for nothing, Seton Hall.)
Monday, November 25: #25/RV Marquette at Arizona State (8pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - It's a busy week for Marquette, and it gets started tonight out in the desert. The Golden Eagles have one of the best defenses in the nation, but how will that impact Jahii Carson and the Sun Devils?
Monday, November 25: DePaul vs #12/#12 Wichita State (8pm, ESPN3) - This one comes to us courtesy of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, and will be in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. KenPom.com's marking this one as a neutral site game, but it's only three hours away from the Shockers' campus, so we'll see how neutral it actually is. Regardless of crowd, it's a great chance for DePaul to make a statement about themselves in the reformulated Big East.
Thursday, November 28: Xavier vs #23/#23 Iowa (6pm Central, NBC Sports Network) - This is the first of two Thanksgiving day games on the Big Five, and this one is in the always competitive Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Iowa is 5-0 after assassinating four of their opponents this season and they're a surprising 13th in the KenPom.com rankings currently. I did not expect that.
Thursday, November 28: #20/#18 Creighton vs Arizona State (10pm Central, ESPN2) - This one's of interest to Big East fans due to the chance to see the two favorites to win the league play the same team in the span of four days. Granted, Marquette hasn't played like the preseason favorite so far, and Creighton will play the Sun Devils on a neutral court as part of the Wooden Legacy event that Marquette is also participating in, but it will be interesting to see how the two teams handle defending ASU and Carson.
Sunday, December 1: Providence vs #3/#4 Kentucky (7:30pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - I can't explain to you why the Friars are traveling to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to play the Wildcats, I can only tell you 1) that it's happening and 2) when a Big East team plays a top 5 team in the non-conference schedule, it goes in the Big Five.