It’s kind of a short docket of games today, with “only” 24 college basketball games on national television. We’ll see a lot more than that when January rolls around. Still, even with that being the case, there’s three games with two ranked teams facing off scheduled for the day.
Right off the bat, we get #10 Oregon making their way to Ann Arbor to visit #5 Michigan. Juwan Howard’s squad has, uh, let’s say struggled since going from unranked to #4 in the country last week. The loss to Louisville isn’t worrying, but giving up 91 at home to Iowa in a win is, and losing at Illinois isn’t super great, either.
In the afternoon, we get an old fashioned Tennessee brawl, as #13 Memphis head eastward to visit #19 Tennessee. This one isn’t as great as it could have been, since James Wiseman is still suspended, but the Tigers still have two top 100 KenPom wins, which is the exact same number as the Vols.
For those of you night owls, you will have your televisions pointed at #6 Gonzaga making the trip down south to face off with #15 Arizona. Fun question: Is Arizona underrated this season? They’ve played a pretty decent non-conference schedule with eight KenPom top 200 teams and their only loss turned into a nailbiter late in their only road game of the year against a top 25 opponent. Gonzaga is, of course, Gonzaga, as they head to McKale as part of their usual “we’ll play anyone anywhere at any time” motif.
Elsewhere on the schedule today, we get #16 Michigan State throwing caution to the wind by playing Oakland at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, #22 Seton Hall without Sandro Mamukelashvili visiting Rutgers at The RAC, #23 Xavier trekking to North Carolina for their yearly tilt with Wake Forest, and if you like just lighting your time on fire for no reason, you can watch Mick Cronin’s UCLA taking on Mike Brey’s Notre Dame in South Bend.
Here’s your full schedule for the day, all times Central as always.
CBB Saturday Viewing Guide: 12/14/19
|10:30 AM||Mississippi State vs Kansas State||ESPNU|
|11:00 AM||Eastern Kentucky at #1 Louisville||ACC Network|
|#10 Oregon at #5 Michigan||CBS|
|#16 Michigan State at Oakland||ESPN2|
|Southern at #18 Butler||FS1|
|12:00 PM||Syracuse at Georgetown||Fox|
|12:30 PM||Tulsa at Arkansas||ESPNU|
|1:00 PM||Delaware vs #20 Villanova||ESPN2|
|Alabama at Penn State||Big Ten Network|
|UIC at DePaul||FS1|
|Alabama A&M at Miami (FL)||ACC Network|
|2:00 PM||#13 Memphis at #19 Tennessee||ESPN|
|Middle Tennessee at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|UCLA at Notre Dame||ABC|
|3:00 PM||Saint Louis vs #12 Auburn||ESPN2|
|#22 Seton Hall at Rutgers||Big Ten Network|
|#23 Xavier at Wake Forest||ACC Network|
|4:00 PM||Georgia Tech at #8 Kentucky||ESPN|
|Charleston at Richmond||NBC Sports Network|
|5:00 PM||Old Dominion at Illinois||Big Ten Network|
|Oklahoma at Wichita State||ESPN2|
|6:00 PM||Stanford at San Jose State||CBS Sports Network|
|7:00 PM||Stony Brook at Providence||FS1|
|9:00 PM||#6 Gonzaga at #15 Arizona||ESPN2|