(All times Eastern)
7 p.m.: Butler vs. Georgetown (ESPN)
8:30 p.m.: Vanderbilt at Illinois (Big Ten Network)
9 p.m.: Xavier at Kansas State (ESPNU)
9:30 p.m.: Kentucky vs. Connecticut (ESPN)
9 p.m.: Syracuse vs. Florida (ESPN)
Noon: Kentucky at Indiana (CBS)
Noon: Ohio State at Butler (ESPN)
2 p.m.: Georgetown vs. Washington (FSN)
6 p.m.: New Mexico vs. Texas A&M (FSN SW)
7 p.m.: Kansas State at UNLV (FSN KC)
9 p.m.: Purdue at Alabama (ESPN2)
3 p.m.: Villanova at Temple (CBS-CS)
7 p.m.: Cincinnati at Xavier (ESPNU)
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Buckeyes lose Turner for foreseeable future
Yeeeeah, About That
The hype for the West Coast Conference has faded a bit. It was not a good week. Gonzaga lost a tough game to Wake Forest at home. Portland jumped into The Associated Press rankings, then lost to Portland State and was housed by Idaho. San Diego was 0-3 on the week, including a loss to UC Riverside and an embarrassing 69-37 defeat to Fresno State. There was one shining star, though. Saint Mary's found a way to win at Utah State, snapping the Aggies' 37-game home-court winning streak. For the Gaels, life after Patty Mills has already produced impressive wins over San Diego State and Utah State and a narrow two-point loss to Vanderbilt.
Charlotte pummels depleted Cardinals
Still high on UTEP, which is off to a 5-0 start after a 21-point road win at New Mexico State. The Miners' schedule does get tougher, though, with games against Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and BYU in the coming weeks. The Miners have five players averaging at least 10 points per game, and forward Derrick Caracter
(Louisville transfer) will become eligible next week.
Badgers help Big Ten with upset of Duke
Wake Forest got overrun by Purdue in the second half last week in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge but then beat No. 16 Gonzaga at The Kennel in Spokane. In the past two seasons, Wake has ended BYU's 53-game home winning streak and won in a place where Gonzaga very rarely loses. Who else from a power-six league of Wake's stature is going on the road to BYU and Gonzaga for true road games? Give coach Dino Gaudio and his players plenty of credit.
Demon Deacons knock off Zags in Spokane
Good Vibe With The Tribe
The surprise team in the country? It may just be William & Mary. The Tribe started out Colonial play by rallying from 15 down to beat VCU this past weekend. William & Mary has made 10 or more 3s in seven of its first eight games and has won six straight, including top-50 RPI wins over Richmond and VCU plus another at Wake Forest. Keep an eye on senior guard David Schneider
, who is third in the CAA in scoring (18.1 points per game).
Texas Tech upsets No. 10 Washington in OT
Places To Be This Week
Charleston, S.C. (Monday):
Why, you may ask? Because how often does a team like Michigan State come to The Citadel? If you're in or around Charleston, you should take advantage of seeing a potential Final Four team in your area.
New York City (Tuesday):
Georgetown squeaked by Temple and now plays a Top 25 game against Butler in the Jimmy V Classic. The Bulldogs swept through their two games last week after stumbling in California the previous week. This is yet another chance for Butler to be on the national stage before dropping into the anonymity of the Horizon League.
Champaign, Ill. (Tuesday):
Vanderbilt held off Mizzou and now goes to the Tigers' rival in Illinois. The Illini are feeling great after their comeback win over Clemson and a win over Boise State. This has the look of an evenly matched affair.
New York City (Wednesday):
It's the much-anticipated John Calipari-Jim Calhoun matchup at Madison Square Garden. In 2007, Cal and Memphis beat Calhoun and Connecticut in the Coaches vs. Cancer final at MSG. This is a major test for both clubs. UConn couldn't catch Duke in the second half in this same building in the NIT Season Tip-Off final. Kentucky comes in off a big-time win over UNC, but the last time the Wildcats played on a neutral court, they were nearly clipped by Stanford in Cancun.
Tampa, Fla. (Thursday):
There's no other way to say it other than ESPN, the SEC and the Big East all lucked out that Syracuse-Florida in the SEC/Big East Invitational turned out to be a game between two top-20 teams. No one saw this occurring when Jonny Flynn and Nick Calathes bolted for the pros. Yet the Orange and the Gators are the surprise teams in their respective leagues.
Anaheim, Calif. (Saturday):
The headline game in the Wooden Classic isn't UCLA-Mississippi State. No, Washington-Georgetown holds more intrigue. The Huskies desperately need this one after losing in overtime at Texas Tech. We'll see what kind of shape the Hoyas are in after playing Butler earlier in the week.
Ohio State will have to remake itself without do-everything guard Evan Turner. The first major test comes against Butler at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Las Vegas (Saturday):
Kansas State is coming off a solid win over Washington State in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Going to UNLV should give the Wildcats a nice barometer, considering the Runnin' Rebels are one of the hottest teams in the country. Both of these teams could be in the NCAA tournament field.
There's no way anyone in the preseason would have thought Texas A&M against New Mexico would be a significant game. But the Aggies have overachieved and are in the Top 25 already, and the Lobos entered the week undefeated with a solid home win over Cal.
Suddenly, the roles are reversed again in one of the sport's better rivalries. Cincinnati is ranked, while Xavier is not. But who cares. Even when neither team is ranked, this is a good watch.
Cal knocks off Iowa State in Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood