Viewer's Guide: Quiet slate after tip-off marathon

After an impressive performance against Oregon, can Josh Smith keep it going against Wright State? (USATSI)
After an impressive performance against Oregon, can Josh Smith keep it going against Wright State? (USATSI)

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Thirty straight hours of college basketball, including two games between top-five teams. And now we all have that hangover feeling, and the quiet slate of games doesn’t help our recovery. There are some intriguing battles between teams looking to get some momentum, though.

Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP Poll.

Best game: Wright State at Georgetown (7 p.m., FOX Sports 1). To me, this is clearly the best game of the night. Wright State has five starters back from a team that came within one game of the NCAA tournament, and that doesn’t count Crishawn Hopkins, a Butler transfer who is eligible after the first semester. Can the Raiders keep pace with Georgetown? Josh Smith looked dominant offensively in the opening loss to Oregon, but the Hoyas need to shoot better from the perimeter.

Second-best game: Florida State at UCF (7 p.m., ESPN News). Instrastate battle between two teams looking to move up in their conference standings. UCF handled Tampa in the season opener, with guards Calvin Newell and Isaiah Sykes both scoring at least 20 points. On the other side, Florida State opened its season with an easy win over Jacksonville. Okaro White looks like he could be ready for a big season, after posting 18 points and 11 boards.

Another one to watch: Southern Miss at DePaul (9 p.m., FOX Sports 2). This game has some talent. Southern Miss is going to be a contender for the Conference-USA championship, and Daveon Boardingham’s season debut provides some optimism in the frontcourt. If DePaul can get consistent double-doubles inside from freshman Tommy Hamilton, the Blue Demons could be competitive in the Big East.

Guaranteed win: Abilene Christian at Maryland (7 p.m., ESPN3). There are several options, considering the Wednesday slate isn’t loaded with great games. However, Maryland going against a team that lost to Duquesne and St. Bonaventure by a combined 47 points should be the best bet. We’ll see how Dez Wells’ acclimation to the point guard position continues.

Potential upset: Kent State at Seton Hall (7 p.m., FOX Sports 2). Kent State has opened its season with two wins, including a road victory at Temple during the tip-off marathon on Monday night. Can the Golden Flashes keep the momentum going against Seton Hall? The Pirates were involved in a foul-fest against Niagara in their season opener. Derek Jackson has 35 through two games, but SHU’s Fuquan Edwin is a lockdown defender.

Three things to keep an eye on:

  1. The only ranked team in action is No. 18 Oregon, which hosts Western Carolina (11 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
  2. Two defending regular-season champions will face off when the CAA’s Northeastern visits America East’s Stony Brook (7 p.m.).
  3. Mount St. Mary’s is one of the many contenders for the Northeast title, and it can make a statement when it visits Villanova (7 p.m., CBS Sports Net). 
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