There is an obvious choice for best game of the weekend, but no one could have predicted it two months ago. All eyes — OK, at least some eyes — will be on the West Virginia-TCU game Saturday in Fort Worth.
Nothing was expected of either team, but West Virginia is 12-1 and TCU is 13-0.
It will be interesting to see if the fans respond in Fort Worth. They have never shown up for basketball games, and if that stays the case, it helps West Virginia.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has had players leave (or had them been asked to leave), and he’s added some players that have had their attitude questioned. But, as Huggins did so often in Cincinnati, he is finding success in what appears to be dysfunction.
Other games I want to see this weekend:
Siena at Fairfield: I never change; I want to see if Siena coach Jimmy Patsos will pull a nutty.
UTEP at North Texas: I haven’t seen the Miners this season, and they have a chance to win Conference USA.
SMU at Cincinnati: An 11 a.m. start. I wonder whether both teams will score 50 points. It probably won’t be pretty but it’ll be close. The loss of coach Mick Cronin for the season with health issues will hurt Cincy.
Villanova at Seton Hall: If Nova wins, it will have the best start in school history at 14-0. The Hall has overachieved all season, and I’ll be pulling for them, but I don’t think they can pull off this upset.
Minnesota at Maryland: Remember, this is a Big Ten game. Maryland has been one of the surprise teams of the season. This game shouldn’t change that.
UConn at Florida: This would have been a better game last season but is still worth watching.
Texas at Texas Tech: Did you know Texas Tech is 10-3? Tubby Smith is a great coach, no matter what they say about him in Kentucky. You’d think home court would help Tech but nobody comes to the games.
Boston College at Duke: OK, the Christians have no chance, but you have to turn it on for a little while.
Butler at St. John’s: Both teams are coming off losses and can’t afford to start Big East play at 0-2.
Baylor at Oklahoma: Baylor is 11-1 but has played nine home games, and that’s why I expect the Sooners to prevail.
Richmond at Davidson: When teams change conferences, they usually have a difficult adjustment; that’s why I projected Davidson to struggle in the Atlantic 10. But after seeing the Wildcats give Virginia all it could handle this week, I’ve changed my mind. Davidson can win the Atlantic 10 and definitely has the look of an NCAA team.
Virginia at Miami: Virginia is a tremendous mix of great offense and defense, but playing on the road will be a new challenge. Miami is off to a great start, too, at 10-3.
Oregon State at Oregon: Both teams have been surprising, Oregon State at 9-3 and Oregon at 10-3, plus the rivalry factor.
Colorado State at New Mexico: Colorado State is undefeated, but this sure looks like its first loss. Tough to win in The Pit.
Loyola of Chicago at Northern Iowa: Both teams are possible challengers to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley.
Illinois State at Wichita State: Let’s see how the Shockers adjust to league play.
Arizona State at Arizona: State could change its whole season by winning in Tucson, though that outcome is doubtful.