Today's Specials: No. 1 Indiana faces tough test against Georgetown
There are several quality contests on the Tuesday slate, highlighted by Indiana facing Georgetown in the championship of the Legends Classic.
|Another quiet night from Indiana's Cody Zeller could cost the Hoosiers against Georgetown. (US Presswire)|
Yet another 12 hours of college basketball is on tap for Tuesday. I could really get used to this. The Maui Invitational marches on, and we have the championship of the Legends Classic.
Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP poll.
Best game: No. 1 Indiana vs. Georgetown (10 p.m., ESPN). Neither team played its best game on Monday, but Georgetown might have been the more impressive group. Indiana will have to be more efficient on the offensive end against the Hoyas, as Georgetown’s size and length will give the Hoosiers fits. Meanwhile, Georgetown has to do what Georgia did, and get the ball inside and create contact. Another quiet night from Cody Zeller would be difficult to overcome against Georgetown.
Second-best game: Saint Louis vs. No. 12 Kansas (9:30 p.m., ESPNU). As one of the Atlantic 10 favorites, Saint Louis has been up and down so far. The Billikens lost to Santa Clara by double-figures, but then beat up on Texas A&M on Monday night. If they still had Kwamain Mitchell, they would have a very good chance at beating Kansas. As it stands. Dwayne Evans will have to hold his own down low against Kansas’ Jeff Withey. The Jayhawks’ perimeter scorers are tough to contain.
Another one to watch: Butler vs. No. 9 North Carolina (8 p.m., ESPN). Rotnei Clarke’s one-handed 3-pointer at the buzzer against Marquette was perhaps the highlight of the early season, but Butler will need more than that against North Carolina. James Michael McAdoo going against Khyle Marshall should be interesting, but can the Butler guards defend Reggie Bullock and Co.? Similarly, the Tar Heels can’t allow Clarke and Kellen Dunham to heat up.
Guaranteed win: I’m actually highlighting Campbell at No. 22 Cincinnati (7 p.m., ESPN3) to give a notice about Campbell. The Camels can put up points, with Darren White averaging nearly 26 per game through four games. Trey Freeman is also a really talented point guard. With that said, Cincinnati has an answer for everything Campbell can throw at them – and should roll.
Potential upset: North Texas seems to have righted its ship since losing to Alabama-Huntsville last week, winning three in a row. Could the Mean Green go into Charlottesville and knock off Virginia (7 p.m.)? The Cavaliers don’t have an answer for Tony Mitchell, who could dominate inside. Virginia is also working out some problems, so it could be time for an upset.
Three things to keep an eye on:
- An under-the-radar game is Harvard at Saint Joseph’s (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network). Harvard has been better than most people thought, and Saint Joseph’s might be the new A-10 favorite.
- In the Maui Invitational, Chaminade looks for its second win a row, against Illinois (10:30 p.m., ESPN2). Meanwhile, Texas looks to bounce back against USC (5 p.m., ESPN2).
- No. 11 UCLA is clearly a work in progress. The Bruins are trying to mesh several freshmen with veterans, and Shabazz Muhammad has only played one game. They face Georgia (7:30 p.m., ESPNU).
The game will be finished on Thursday at noon at Providence's on-campus basketball gym
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