As a result of the Big East/SEC Challenge, there's not a lot of high profile games outside of the Challenge. But the teams that aren't participating in the Challenge went out and got themselves some interesting matchups against mid-major programs to round out our slate here.
Last Week: 3-2, no thanks to DePaul
Thursday, November 29: Notre Dame vs #8/8 Kentucky (6pm Central, ESPN2) - It's too bad that Kentucky and Louisville couldn't use their yearly game for the Challenge. Now we're stuck with this instead.
Friday, November 30: #20/25 Georgetown vs Tennessee (5:30pm Central, ESPN) - Cuonzo Martin's got Tennessee moving in a good direction after taking over amongst the wreckage of Bruce Pearl, so this should be a good test for the Hoyas.
Saturday, December 1: #5/#6 Louisville vs Illinois State (noon Central, ESPN3/Big East Network) - Gorgui Dieng has a broken wrist and will miss this game against the Redbirds, who have a very talented big man in Jackie Carmichael.
Saturday, December 1: #17/16 Cincinnati vs Alabama (2pm Central, ESPN2) - Did you realize that KenPom.com has Alabama projected to finish third in the SEC behind Florida and Kentucky? This could end up being the best game of the Challenge.
Saturday, December 1: Pittsburgh vs Detroit (6pm Central, ESPN3) - This is the second appearance in the Big Five for the Titans. They've started out the season 1-2 with the losses coming against St. John's and Miami. Unless they start putting some wins together, I'm not going to be able to justify give them a third spot in three weeks when they play Syracuse.