If you are a fan of college basketball, you'll know that we are entering those few weeks of the season before conference play when the absolute cupcake weeks of the schedule happen. Until Saturday, no ranked team plays another ranked team, making for a boring week of basketball. If you have the patience to wait until Saturday, however, you are in for quite a treat. Here is the listings of quality matchups for Saturday:
#10/10 North Carolina @ #2/2 Texas - 2:00 PM
Xavier @ #21/17 Butler - 2:00 PM
#15/15 Gonzaga vs. #7/7 Duke - 4:00 PM
CBS - Game Played in New York City
Portland @ #24/21 Washington - 10:00 PM
all times Eastern.
The only reason I am including the Portland game is that they are one of those teams that you need to prepare well for and watch because if teams just brush them off they will come out to get you. Just look at the Anaheim Tournament, which earned them a spot in the AP Top 25 for one week.
Also, keep watching out for Temple in the future. They've got #1/1 Kansas coming in on Jan. 2, and that should be a pretty good game. They are in the area of 28-30 in both polls, so we could end up with a matchup of ranked teams. The A10 always has some sleepers in it, and by the way Temple beat Villanova and was close to taking down GTown, don't sleep on this team.
Early Saturday Picks:
Texas over UNC*
Butler over Xavier in a very very close one.
Duke over Gonzaga
Washington over Portland
*I am picking Texas here, but if there is a team that is going to get upset this weekend, I think that this is the game where we will see it.
My Pick Stats:
Conference Games: 0-0
Ranked vs. Ranked: 0-1
Ranked vs. Unranked: 4-1
Unranked vs. Unranked: 1-2