I know I’m being repetitive, but watching Oklahoma’s Trae Young is a great experience, and Saturday night could be special when he and his teammates play West Virginia in Morgantown (ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.).
All the elements are there for a tough game: West Virginia will press him full-court for 40 minutes; the fans are particularly rowdy; and the travel to Morgantown is always inconvenient. Can he overcome all of that?
He is clearly the best player in the country, leading college basketball in scoring (29.4) and assists (10.6). Heck, he averages nearly 4 rebounds per game, too. This analysis by the statistical website dribblehandoff.com puts a lot of what he’s doing in perspective.
Another player worth watching: Jordan Murphy, whose Minnesota team plays Indiana Saturday (ESPN2, 5:15). Murphy, a 6-foot-6-inch junior, has had double-figure points and rebounds in 16 straight games. The NCAA record to start a season is 17 by the great Tim Duncan at Wake Forest.
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Other games I’d like to see this weekend:
BU at Loyola of Maryland: The Terriers are playing well. This is a road game they should win. Can’t let up.
Canisius at Quinnipiac: Since seeing the Golden Griffs in person in December, I’ve adopted them as my MAAC team. Right now, they’re 2-0 in the league and travel to Hamden, Conn., to face another 2-0 team. Big game for my Griffs.
Louisville at Clemson: I find this very interesting. Louisville has had its problems but is still a good team. Clemson is having a great season, so it needs to win this home game against a notable opponent.
North Carolina at Virginia: The Tar Heels looked dull in losing at home to Florida State. Now they face this tough road game against a relentless defensive team. They could be looking at a two-game losing streak.
Florida at Missouri: This is a huge game for Mizzou. The Tigers lost their best player, freshman phenom Michael Porter Jr., to a likely season-ending back injury, but they’ve still managed to put together an 11-3 record. It’s a big of mirage, although a win in this game might change that thought.
LSU at Texas A&M: The Bayou Tigers are improved under first-year coach Will Wade, but I don’t think they’re up to this, even though the Aggies have lost two straight.
Wake Forest at BC: The Fightin’ Christians have been noble in defeat against Virginia and Clemson, but enough of that — they need to win.
Arkansas at Auburn: A chance for the Hogs to prove themselves on the road again after a stumble against Mississippi State.
Kentucky at Tennessee: This is one of those rivalries where one side (Tennessee) cares more about it than the other. The Vols just lost at home to Auburn, so this is really important overall and the fans would really love it.
Kansas at TCU: Unimaginably, the Jayhawks lost at home to Texas Tech this week. Now they have this tough road game against the 13-1 Frogs. I believe they’ll recover and win this.
Florida State at Miami: The Seminoles are coming off a win against North Carolina. Miami just lost to Georgia Tech. This has the feel of a last-possession game.
SMU at Cincinnati: Both these teams never lose at home. If SMU can win, its home-court winning streak will be the longest in the nation. Also, it’s a very important AAC game.Joe Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeSullivan