This week, we have the start of the non-conference schedule tournaments and events. For the purposes of these outlooks, we can't look at games that might happen, even if they look very likely. Even with that restriction, there's still five quality games to keep an eye on this week, and there's an SEC team working their way through the conference.
Last Week: 3-2 (Thanks for nothing, DePaul and ... Marquette? Rats.)
Tuesday, November 19: Vanderbilt at Butler (5pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - Nicely done by the Bulldogs to get a power conference team to come in to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a non-conference game. This is the first of two appearances by the Commodores on this week's Big Five, so get used to seeing Kevin Stallings on TV.
Tuesday, November 19: DePaul at UW-Milwaukee (7pm Central, TWC Sports Wisconsin/Horizon League Streaming) - I'm almost tempted to go to this game and *shudder* cheer for DePaul. The Panthers are a top 175 KenPom team, so this would be a quality road win for the Blue Demons.
Tuesday, November 19: Bucknell at St. John's (7:30pm Central, Fox Sports 1) - Bucknell was an NCAA tournament team a year ago, and had a lead on Butler with 8 minutes to play. Granted Mike Muscala is gone now, but it's still Dave Paulsen running the show, and we all remember what a Paulsen coached Bucknell team is capable of in the right situation.
Friday, November 22: Providence vs Vanderbilt (5:30pm Central, CBS Sports Network) - As I mentioned, this is the second of the two appearances by Vanderbilt on the Big Five. This is a first round game in the 2013 Paradise Jam, and with a Northern Iowa-Loyola Marymount game also on the opening day, I'd have to say that both Providence and Vanderbilt are getting screwed on this deal.
Friday, November 22: Seton Hall vs Oklahoma (6pm Central, TruTV) - This one is part of the Coaches vs Cancer Classic, and will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Officially that makes this a neutral site game, but clearly, the Pirates could hold a bit of advantage. The event is designed as two double headers with the winners and losers from the first double header pairing off for the second. A win over the Sooners could land Seton Hall with a game against #1 Michigan State.