Saturday, January 4, 2014

Preview of Huge Saturday for a Slow Friday

Like most Friday nights, we'll spend most of the recap previewing Saturday.

Out of the four listed below that involved tournament-implicated teams, only two were interesting, as GW and Baylor were expected to win. For Southern Miss, we saw them get a good win over a decent Drexel team. This was a further statement from Southern Miss that they might well deserve an at-large bid. And in another game, VCU continues to try to find ways to prove itself. Although a win over an okay Stony Brook team does not change the position of VCU, wins are all you need when you're on the bubble.

@George Washington 73, Georgia 55
@Baylor 80, Savannah State 50
@Southern Miss 66, Drexel 49
@VCU 81, Stony Brook 63

The first Saturday of the conference season provides a lot of major gems, with the majority of bubble teams in action. My favorite part of this time of year is that we'll finally see what teams are made of when they start playing half of their games on the road against similar competition. There will be no more of this nonsense that the team only leaves the gym to go to one pre-season tournament. As you look through Saturday's list of important games, take a look at just how many good teams are on the road to start the year.

Nebraska at #1 Ohio State
#10 Cincinnati at #6 Memphis
#6 Pittsburgh at NC State
St. John's at #11 Georgetown
#4 Iowa State at Texas Tech
Washington at #1 Arizona
Miami FL at #1 Syracuse
#2 Michigan State at (FFO) Indiana
#7 Connecticut at (FFO) SMU
Princeton at Liberty
Ohio at UNC Asheville
Denver at St. Joseph's
Georgia Tech at Maryland
#11 Butler at #9 Xavier
DePaul at (NFO) Marquette
Tusculum at (LFI) #12 Tennessee
Youngstown State at #14 Green Bay
Penn State at (LFI) #12 Illinois
Richmond at #3 Florida
#7 Creighton at Seton Hall
#2 Oklahoma State at Kansas State
#3 Duke at (NFO) Notre Dame
West Virginia at TCU
Clemson at Boston College
Oregon State at Utah
USC Upstate at #14 Mercer
Long Beach State at #8 Missouri
Longwood at Louisiana Tech
#15 Louisiana Lafayette at UL Monroe
#9 Virginia at #5 Florida State
Tennessee Tech at #14 Belmont
Robert Morris at Alabama
Yale at #7 Saint Louis
Rhode Island at #11 LSU
#6 Louisville at Rutgers
Colorado State at #8 New Mexico
Miami OH at #4 Massachusetts
Fairfield at #14 Manhattan
Masters at #13 UC Santa Barbara
Sam Houston State at #15 Stephen F. Austin
Pacific at #8 Gonzaga
#11 Oklahoma at #10 Texas
#8 Harvard at Rice
UTSA at #9 Arkansas
Indiana State at Evansville
Drake at Bradley
Mayville State at #13 North Dakota State
(NFO) Dayton at Ole Miss
#12 New Mexico State at Grand Canyon
Fresno State at (FFO) Boise State
San Diego at (NFO) BYU
Southern Utah at #16 Northern Colorado
San Jose State at Utah State
Air Force at UNLV
Saint Mary's at Portland

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