Nothing creates a slow week in college basketball quite like Christmas falling right in the middle of it. So if you've been bored over the past few days, me too. But, thankfully, the weekend is almost here.
And, relatively speaking, the weekend should be good.
Sunday is highlighted by Kansas at Stanford and Arkansas at Indiana -- plus Ohio State vs. West Virginia in Cleveland. So Sunday's schedule is better than Saturday's schedule, I think. Either way, the biggest game of the weekend will definitely happen Saturday when Louisville plays Kentucky inside Rupp Arena.
Tip is scheduled for 3:45 ET on CBS.
KenPom projects Louisville -- which is No. 4 in Friday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings -- as a slight favorite in this game that Kentucky must win to avoid a three-game losing streak nobody envisioned back when the Wildcats were (briefly) ranked No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1. But UK's season took a turn a week after its season-opening victory over Michigan State. First, the Wildcats lost to Evansville as 25-point favorites. Then, last week, Kentucky lost consecutive games to Utah and Ohio State. So now John Calipari's team is 8-3 with just one top-100 KenPom win and two sub-100 KenPom losses. Put simply, that's a lousy body of work.
Will it improve Saturday?
As always, we'll see. But if the Wildcats are to avoid a three-game losing streak, they'll probably need to shoot from the perimeter better than they've been shooting from the perimeter. And the bad news for UK, in that regard, is that Louisville is holding opponents to just 26.7% shooting from the arc this season, which ranks 12th nationally. In other words, there's nothing in the numbers that suggests this is the game where Kentucky's shooting will improve. But basketball is goofy sometimes. So who knows?
Friday's Top 25 And 1
|D.J. Carton got 15 points and five rebounds off the bench in Saturday's 71-65 victory over Kentucky. The Buckeyes own four wins over top-40 KenPom teams.||--||18-8|
|Filip Petrusev finished with 24 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's 112-77 victory over Eastern Washington. The Zags have won five straight games since losing to Michigan.||--||24-0|
|Devon Dotson missed a late free throw that would've tied things, then missed a potential game-winning runner at the buzzer in Saturday's 56-55 loss at Villanova. The sophomore guard finished 5-of-15 from the field.||--||19-8|
|Dwayne Sutton finished with eight points and 15 rebounds in Wednesday's 70-46 win over Miami of Ohio. The Cardinals used a 17-0 run in the second half to pull away.||--||13-6|
|Joey Baker made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points in Thursday's 86-57 victory over Wofford. The Blue Devils cruised even though Tre Jones missed the game with what Duke officials called a minor foot injury.||--||11-11|
|Payton Pritchard finished with 29 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals in Saturday's 84-78 victory over Texas Southern. Oregon owns four top-35 KenPom wins.||--||19-5|
|Precious Achiuwa finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's 77-49 win over Jackson State. The Tigers are now 8-0 without James Wiseman, who quit the team last week.||--||15-7|
|Jon Teske finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 86-44 win over Presbyterian. Michigan's body of work includes five victories over top-50 KenPom teams.||--||19-3|
|J'Von McCormick finished with 18 points and four assists in Saturday's 74-51 victory over Lehigh. The Tigers are one of just four remaining undefeated teams but still have zero wins over ranked opponents.||--||13-14|
|Davion Mitchell finished with 19 points, four assists and four steals in Wednesday's 91-63 victory over UT Martin. The Bears have three wins over top-20 KenPom teams.||--||21-1|
|Jermaine Samuels buried the game-winning 3-pointer with 20.5 seconds remaining, and finished with 15 points, in Saturday's 56-55 victory over Kansas. The Wildcats' only losses are to Ohio State and Baylor.||--||16-5|
|Bryce Golden finished with 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in Saturday's 70-61 win over Purdue. The Bulldogs' lone loss is a one-point defeat at Baylor.||--||9-14|
San Diego St
|Malachi Flynn finished with 16 points and eight assists in Saturday's 80-52 victory over Utah. The Aztecs are 7-1 in their past eight games against the Utes.||--||20-4|
|The Terrapins shot 26.9% from the field in Thursday's 52-48 loss to Seton Hall. Maryland lost despite the fact that the Pirates were missing their top two scorers.||--||15-12|
|Ibi Watson finished with 30 points and five rebounds in Monday's 81-53 victory over Grambling. Watson started in place of Jalen Crutcher, who was held out of the game with concussion symptoms.||--||14-9|
|RaiQaun Gray finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals in Saturday's 66-60 win over South Florida. FSU is 3-0 in neutral-site games.||--||15-5|
|Myreon Jones finished with 21 points and five assists in Friday's 87-58 victory over Central Connecticut. This was the first time in 23 seasons that Penn State has won while being ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.||--||10-13|
|Aaron Henry finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Saturday's 101-48 victory over Eastern Michigan. The Spartans have won four straight games since losing to Duke.||--||15-11|
|Bakari Evelyn had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in Saturday's 77-70 victory over Cincinnati. The Hawkeyes won despite turning the ball over 24 times.||--||20-7|
|The Cavaliers allowed South Carolina to shoot 55.1% from the field in Sunday's 70-59 loss to the Gamecocks. Virginia finished the game with 18 field goals and 19 turnovers.||--||17-6|
|Jahmi'us Ramsey finished with 15 points and five rebounds in Saturday's 68-58 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley. The Red Raiders have only lost once with Ramsey in the lineup.||--||17-9|
|Tyrell Terry finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Saturday's 62-59 win over San Diego. Stanford's lone loss is a one-point defeat to Butler.||--||14-12|
|Mitch Ballock made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points in Saturday's 67-60 victory over Arizona State. The Bluejays only losses are to Michigan and San Diego State.||--||18-7|
|Oscar Tshiebwe finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 75-64 victory over Youngstown State. West Virginia outscored the Penguins 40-26 in the second half.||--||18-8|
|Grant Sherfield got 14 points, two rebounds and two assists off the bench in Saturday's 73-63 win over VCU. Wichita State's lone loss is to West Virginia.||--||15-4|
|Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 62-60 victory over Notre Dame. The Hoosiers are 7-0 with Rob Phinisee in the lineup.||--||12-14|