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The Super Bowl makes this weekend in college basketball look dull

Providence's Kyron Cartwright (24) tries to drive around Creighton's Davion Mintz (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Kyron Cartwright and Providence take on Marquette Saturday.

You can hear it all from the best seat in the house: “Season Ticket”

It’s not a scintillating weekend in college basketball. There are only a handful of good matchups. No great ones.

But that won’t stop me from watching a lot of them before it’s time to focus on the Super Bowl.

Here is the most important prediction of the weekend: Patriots 35, Eagles 14. And I’m not talking about George Mason and Boston College.

Games I’d like to see this weekend:



Rhode Island at VCU: Rhody has been asking for it, coming off close calls against Duquesne and UMass. In what should be a wild Siegel Center, an upset could happen.


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Cincinnati at UConn: The Bearcats have to pay attention; this could be dangerous.

Texas Tech at TCU: These teams mirror each other somewhat — both had great starts, then dipped a little bit and are now playing well again. Too close to call.

Providence at Marquette: A victory in Milwaukee would go a long way toward helping the Friars’ NCAA hopes.

Virginia at Syracuse: Syracuse is a much better team at home, so an upset is not impossible. Improbable? Yes.


Kansas State at West Virginia: What a key game for both teams. West Virginia needs to shake its slump (the Mountaineers have lost five of their last six) and K State could use this for résumé-building.

Alabama at Florida: Both teams are coming off losses, so desperation will be in the air.

Vermont at Maryland-Baltimore County: The Catamounts are undefeated in America East, but a possible upset looms here.

Yale at Penn: The Quakers might finally be emerging from the swamp of irrelevance, and a win here would back that up.

Michigan State at Indiana: The Spartans continue to struggle but survive, which will probably be the case in this game too.


Saint Mary’s at San Diego: Outside of Gonzaga and BYU, this is the only other dangerous road game for the Gaels in the WCC.


Seton Hall at Villanova: Can anyone in the Big East upset Villanova again? No.

Georgia Tech at BC: The Eagles can’t let this one get away.

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