Top 10 games to watch
A litany of Big 12 showdowns and a massive Lexington showdown highlight this week’s college basketball schedule.
We’re just over two months away from Trials Sunday and there is still a lot of meaningful college basketball to enjoy. LSU was the star of the program last week and made a huge statement sweeping Kentucky and Tennessee at home, results that will significantly boost their resumption of the NCAA tournament.
The Big 12 are expected to take center stage in this week’s college basketball schedule, as many heavyweight clashes are in store for the nation’s toughest conference. Let’s break down the 10 best games of the week below, starting with the Big 12 on Tuesday night.
Top 10 games in this week’s college basketball schedule
Texas Tech at Baylor – Tuesday 1/11 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3
The nation’s top team is under a severe test from rival Texas Tech, which comes off an impressive upset victory over Kansas despite being understaffed for the game. Baylor will be tested here by the tenacious Red Raiders defense.
Iowa State, Kansas – Tuesday 1/11 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Big 12 Network / ESPN +
This game is important for Iowa State, which got off to a perfect 12-0 start losing two of its first three Big 12 games. Winning at Allen Fieldhouse against an angry Kansas team after a loss will be a tall order. for the Cyclones.
Auburn Alabama – Tuesday 1/11 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
The Hardwood Edition of the Iron Bowl is set to be a thriller as Auburn, who looks like the best team in the SEC, travels to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide. It’s unclear which version of the Crimson Tide will appear as Alabama has had some very high heights (wins over Gonzaga and Houston) to accompany questionable losses (including a loss to Missouri this weekend).
Duke at Wake Forest – Wednesday 1/12 at 7 p.m. ET on ACC
Duke looked a little slow after his COVID hiatus, struggling a bit with Georgia Tech before losing at home to Miami this weekend. This incline of the road in Wake Forest is dangerous for the Blue Devils, as the Demon Deacons are one of the few teams in the ACC that have a legitimate chance to write an overall CV and know that beating Duke could be their ticket. meal.
Ohio State, Wisconsin – Thursday, January 13 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3
This week’s best matchup in the Big Ten sees Ohio State looking to reestablish their mojo with a quality road victory over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. The Badgers made a statement winning at Purdue last week and feature star goaltender Johnny Davis, who averages 22.6 points per game as the leading contender for Player of the Year.
Oregon at UCLA – Thursday 1/13 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3
UCLA is back from its COVID hiatus with a two-game winning streak and faces a delicate clash here with Oregon coming to the Pauley Pavilion. The Ducks were seeded preseason before a powerful fight, but the talent is there to make Oregon scare UCLA.
BYU in Gonzaga – Thursday 1/13 at 11:00 p.m. ET on ESPN Family of Networks
The WCC could send four teams dancing this season, but the top two teams in the conference remain Gonzaga and BYU, who face off Thursday night in Spokane. This game will be late for fans on the East Coast, but it’s worth brewing an extra cup of coffee to watch offensive fireworks if you don’t have to work on Fridays.
Tennessee, Kentucky – Saturday, Jan.15 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
These two teams lost at LSU last week and will meet at Lexington on Saturday. The road to a strong seed for the NCAA tournament will be much more difficult for the loser, which is especially true for a Tennessee team that has already lost to Alabama and LSU this season.
West Virginia, Kansas – Saturday, Jan.15 at 1:30 p.m. ET on CBS
Any chance to see Bob Huggins and Bill Self go head-to-head is worth it for college basketball fans. West Virginia sees itself as a potential tournament team, but finding a way to win at Phog would raise eyebrows across the country.
Texas to Iowa State – Saturday, Jan.15 at 2:00 p.m. ET on Big 12 Network / ESPN +
The Longhorns have three losses this season and all three have come on the road against ranked teams, a tendency to underperform in the big spots that has followed Texas Tech’s Chris Beard. It would be interesting to find a way to win against Iowa State who also need this game to avoid getting out of hand in the Big 12 game.
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