For the first time in a few weeks, there's no marquee Friday game to watch -- but that doesn't lessen the quality of the weekend. There are several interesting games on Saturday, especially Saturday night -- including a late-night top-20 game that might not end up until 2 a.m. Sunday. So get your caffeine up.
Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP Poll.
Best game: No. 7
Second-best game: Georgetown at No. 18 Kansas (Saturday, 12 p.m., ESPN). This one looked slightly more attractive at the start of the season, but this is going to a must-watch game. Georgetown lost two of three to begin the season, but the Hoyas have rolled six in a row since then. Meanwhile, Kansas has dropped three of its last five games. It could be a tempo battle. Kansas likes to get its athletes out in transition, with Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins attacking the rim. Georgetown will have to take care of the ball and not allow long rebounds. Another big factor could be the foul situation. Both teams have struggled with foul trouble this season; which team's interior group will stay on the floor the longest?
Another one to watch: No. 22 Massachusetts vs.
Guaranteed wins: There's a bunch of options here, but let's limit it to two. We'll start with No. 15 Memphis, which impressed immensely despite its loss to Florida earlier this week. Now the Tigers welcome Southeast Missouri State (Saturday, 8 p.m., ESPN3) to town. The Redhawks are 7-3, but the best win is over Texas State. No. 24 San Diego State pummeled
Potential upsets: I came into the season loving Boise State, and I still think the Broncos have the backcourt to make a run in March. However, they really struggle away from home – and a trip to Hawaii (Sunday, 1 a.m., ESPNU) will be a problem. I think Boise could go down. La Salle has struggled this season despite making a Sweet 16 run a season ago, and that's why the Explorers are probably underdogs at Miami (Sunday, 3 p.m., ESPN3). I think La Salle's guards will be too much for the Hurricanes.
Eight other must-see games:
No. 23 Missouri vs. Illinois (Saturday, 5:30 p.m, ESPN2.) Braggin' Rights. Missouri is unbeaten but has some questions; Illinois needs to slow the Tigers' perimeter group.
Michigan vs. Stanford (Saturday, 8:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1): This game took on some extra pop when Stanford beat Connecticut on the road this week; Michigan already has four losses.
BYU at No. 13 Oregon (Saturday, 10:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network): Guaranteed to be one of the more fun games of the weekend. Oregon has rolled to a 10-0 start.
Other games to watch:
- East Carolina at North Carolina State (12 p.m., ESPN3)
- Boston University at Maryland (1 p.m., ESPN3)
- Middle Tennessee at Cincinnati (2 p.m., ESPN3)
- Butler at Evansville (3:05 p.m.)
- No. 21 Gonzaga at Kansas State (3:30 p.m., ESPN2)
- Rider at No. 8 Villanova (4 p.m., FOX Sports 1)
- Northern Iowa at Virginia (4 p.m., ESPN3)
- Cal Poly at Pittsburgh (4 p.m., ESPN3)
- Vermont at Harvard (4 p.m.)
- Fresno State at No. 16 Florida (4:30 p.m., FOX Sports Net)
- Davidson at No. 14 North Carolina (5 p.m., ESPNU)
- UAB at LSU (5 p.m., ESPN3)
- VCU at Virginia Tech (5:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network)
- No. 6 Louisville at Florida International (6 p.m., FOX Sports 1)
- Oklahoma at Texas A&M (7 p.m., ESPNU)
- USC Upstate at Charlotte (7 p.m.)
- Xavier at Alabama (7 p.m., ESPN3)
- Towson at
North Dakota State(8 p.m.)
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 25 Iowa (2 p.m., ESPN3)
- No. 10 Connecticut at Washington (3:30 p.m., ESPNU)
- Mercer at Ole Miss (4 p.m., Comcast Sportsnet Affiliates)
- No. 17 Iowa State vs. George Mason (5:30 p.m., ESPNU)
- North Carolina Central at No. 11 Wichita State (8 p.m.)
- Southern at No. 12 Baylor (8 p.m., FOX Sports)
- South Carolina vs. Saint Mary's (11 p.m., ESPNU)