Today's Specials: Colorado looks to get back on right track
Colorado looks to get some momentum again, while Jahii Carson and Arizona State attempt to get another win.
|Spencer Dinwiddie and Colorado have lost two of their last three, including a blowout loss to Kansas. (US Presswire)|
Can Wednesday give us a repeat of Tuesday? Despite the limited number of games, Tuesday gave Duquesne upsetting West Virginia, as well as a down-to-the-wire finish between Temple and Villanova. There are some talented individuals on display Wednesday.
Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP poll.
Best game: Colorado Buffaloes at Fresno State Bulldogs (10 p.m.). After starting 6-0, Colorado has since lost two of its last three – including a 36-point drubbing at the hands of Kansas. Meanwhile, Fresno State is still figuring out the best way to mesh its newcomers and returnees. The Bulldogs are also waiting on the arrival of Braeden Anderson . In order to pull the upset, Fresno State will have to be disciplined defensively, and not allow the Buffaloes to get easy points from the free-throw line. This one could be close.
Second-best game: DePaul Blue Demons at Arizona State Sun Devils (9 p.m., Pac-12 Network). Neither team is expected to make much noise in their respective conferences, but both are playing well right now. DePaul has won four in a row, while Arizona State is 8-1 with a win over Arkansas. Star freshman Jahii Carson is reason enough to watch the Sun Devils, as he has been one of the best newcomers in the country this season. Jordan Bachynski is among the nation’s leaders in blocks. DePaul counters with Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young .
Another one to watch: Green Bay Phoenix at Wisconsin Badgers (9 p.m., Big Ten Network). We wrote about Wisconsin earlier this week, as the Badgers continue to struggle without consistency from the point guard spot. Will Green Bay be able to exploit that with scorer Keifer Sykes ? We’ll see. The battle inside with Alec Brown and Brennan Cougill vs. Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans could be fun to watch. Wisconsin could be without Mike Bruesewitz (concussion) for the second straight game.
Guaranteed win: Despite its lofty ranking, No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes continues to fly slightly beneath the radar. The Buckeyes haven’t beaten anyone particularly good this season, but they hung tight with Duke on the road. On Wednesday, they get Savannah State Tigers (7 p.m., Big Ten Network). Can Ohio State crack the 61-point mark? No team has done that against the Tigers yet this season.
Potential upset: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs has gotten off to a very good start this season, sporting a gaudy 8-2 record. The best win, though, came at home against Southern Mississippi. Can McNeese State Cowboys test the Bulldogs (8 p.m.)? Dontae Cannon and Desharick Guidry lead a balanced attack. McNeese State has to get the game at its preferred pace.
Three things to keep an eye on:
- After its blowout at the hands of Duke, Temple welcomes Towson Tigers into town (7 p.m.). The Tigers have won four games this season -- four times as many as last year.
- Can Maryland Terrapins win its ninth straight game on Wednesday night, as Monmouth Hawks heads to College Park (8 p.m., ESPN3)?
- Albany Great Danes is off to a surprising 8-2 start this season, including wins over Duquesne, Washington and Wagner. Mike Black and Jacob Iati have formed a nice duo. The Great Danes play South Carolina State Bulldogs (7 p.m.).
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