Viewer's Guide: BYU and Iowa State look to push the tempo
Iowa State visiting BYU will be the marquee game of the night, but several power-conference teams face threats to their undefeated status.
Tuesday was a terrific all-around night of college basketball. We had three of the best offensive performances we’ve seen all season, plus an absolutely dominant game from Oklahoma State. Moreover, each of the top four freshmen in the country were in action. Hopefully Wednesday can keep the momentum rolling.
Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP Poll.
Best game: No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones at Brigham Young Cougars (9:30 p.m., ESPNU). Don’t blink in this one, or you might miss something. Both teams love pushing the ball on the offensive end, with each side ranking among the top 15 teams nationally in average possession length. Moreover, both teams are off to impressive starts. BYU rolled past Stanford on the road last week, while Iowa State Cyclones picked off Michigan at home this past weekend. The key in this one could be the status of BYU guard Tyler Haws . He’s missed the last two games due to a lower abdominal strain, but he should be back for Wednesday night. Does BYU have any answer for Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim ? Can Matt Carlino stay consistent against DeAndre Kane? Meanwhile, we know the Cyclones can win at home -- but a key road victory would be huge.
Second-best game: Dayton Flyers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7 p.m., ESPN3). Both teams are undefeated right now, and both teams are looking to be sleepers in their respective conferences. Dayton has been getting balanced scoring, with Dyshawn Pierre and Khari Price leading the way. The Flyers are forcing turnovers at a high rate, something Georgia Tech usually avoids. Tennessee transfer Trae Golden has been terrific for the Yellow Jackets at the point guard position, and he could be the missing piece that pushes Georgia Tech toward the bubble. Brian Gregory has this team pushing the tempo offensively -- and now he gets to face his former team.
Another one to watch: Bryant University Bulldogs at Harvard Crimson (7 p.m.). Two of the better teams in New England will battle in a game that might be closer than expected. Harvard is out to a 3-0 start, but the Crimson are entering their most difficult stretch of the non-conference stretch. After Bryant, Harvard goes on the road to Colorado, then the Great Alaska Shootout, then road games at Northeastern and Boston University. Bryant is 2-1 this season, and Dyami Starks is averaging better than 33 points per game. Who will lock him up for Harvard?
Guaranteed win: Ohio State Buckeyes gave up just 35 points on the road to a ranked Marquette team on Saturday. Now, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes play host to American Eagles (7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network) – wonder how many points the Eagles will score? Ohio State has one of the best defensive backcourts in the country, and the Buckeyes are getting enough scoring and playmaking from their perimeter players. If LaQuinton Ross can become a go-to-guy, Ohio State will only get better.
Potential upset: Tulsa Golden Hurricane has opened the season with back-to-back losses to Oral Roberts and Missouri State, but the Golden Hurricane have a chance to keep it close against No. 14 Wichita State Shockers (8 p.m., CBS Sports Network). This is the first road trip of the season for the Shockers, and they will have to focus on stopping the aggressive duo of Shaquille Harrison and Rashad Smith . Tulsa will look to speed up the tempo.
Three things to keep an eye on:
Charleston Southern Buccaneers is expected to win its division of the Big South, and the Buccaneers have already beaten Delaware. They take a trip to No. 20 Baylor Bears (7 p.m.).
Underrated intrastate battle between North Carolina Central Eagles and NC State Wolfpack (7 p.m., ESPN3).
Cincinnati Bearcats (vs. Campbell Fighting Camels , 7 p.m., ESPN3), Purdue Boilermakers (vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers , 7 p.m.) and Pittsburgh Panthers (vs. Lehigh Mountain Hawks , 7:30 p.m., ESPNU) should all stay undefeated.
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