Maybe we can look back on this season in April and get a different answer, but right now it’s as clear as glass that the college basketball game of the season takes place Saturday when Kentucky plays Louisville at the Pitino Palace.
Did you notice that both of Louisville’s sports venues are named after food? Papa John’s Stadium and the KFC Yum Center. OK, that has nothing to do with anything but this matchup is delicious, even though I believe the Lexington, Ky. Playaz will win. It probably won’t even be close, but Louisville has the talent and is playing on its home court to make it competitive. I’m rooting for a classic, close game. I’m expecting to be disappointed as the Playaz rack up another easy victory en route to an undefeated season.
It’s a weekend that doesn’t have a lot of great matchups, but these are the games I’m looking forward to seeing.
Georgetown vs. Indiana at MSG: Two teams I’m not sure about yet. I’ve seen things I like and things I don’t. Maybe this will clear things up.
Gonzaga at BYU: A tough way for the Zags to start the conference season, but they luck out because the students will not be on campus, so the Provo Marriott won’t be as loud as usual. It would be great if both teams get into the 90s.
Tulane vs. St. John’s in Brooklyn: Tulane, which hasn’t been good since the days when players found money in their sneakers, is a surprising 9-2 and could present a challenge to the Redmen who are finally earning some respect under Steve Lavin. It’s hasn’t been easy for Lavin and he won’t want his team to slip up here.
Texas Southern at Kansas State: Southern beat Michigan State, so the K State better be ready to play.
Florida Gulf Coast at Xavier: Gulf Coast is still an entertaining group behind unpredictable point guard Brett Comer, and they’re not on TV that much. You have to take the opportunity to see them.
UCLA at Alabama: UCLA is playing a tough schedule as they follow up their unimaginable loss to Kentucky (everyone knows they fell behind 24-0, right?) with a dangerous visit to Tuscaloosa.
Buffalo at Wisconsin: The Badgers looked great in winning at Cal and they shouldn’t slip up here, but Buffalo can be overlooked under second-year coach Bobby Hurley.