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.
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.Joe Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeSullivan