This is the time of year when college basketball takes a step back in terms of nationally televised games in favor of college football, but there are some intriguing games on the schedule. Kentucky, who's been lights out offensively but hasn't defended at the level that John Calipari desires, hosts a dangerous Rider team licking its wounds following a 79-46 beating at the hands of Virginia. Duke hosts the defending Big South champions in Radford and big men Artsiom Parakhouski and Joey Lynch-Flohr will look to hang with the deep Blue Devil frontcourt.
Five other ranked teams play on Saturday, including #10 Butler (at Evansville) and #17 Oklahoma (at VCU, where Jeff Capel used to coach). The game of the day: that may be Utah State's visit to Northeastern at noon. Both teams (and their leagues) could use a solid resume-building result at this point in the season.
Rider @ #5 Kentucky - 1PM - ESPN360
East Tennessee State @ #22 Louisville - 4PM - ESPN360
Presbyterian @ #25 Illinois - 8PM - BTN
Georgia @ UAB - 8PM - CSS
Utah State @ Northeastern - Noon
#20 Georgetown @ Savannah State - 1PM
Radford @ #8 Duke - 3PM
Oral Roberts @ Virginia - 2PM
UCF vs. Niagara - 4PM (in Daytona Beach)
Siena @ Temple - 7PM
Marshall @ Old Dominion - 7PM
Oregon @ Portland - 10PM
Northeastern over Utah State: I really think this could be the game of the day, with the Huskies winning a close one at home. Manny Adako and Nkem Ojougboh can hold their own inside while perimeter players Matt Janning and Chase Allen are two very dangerous players. Stew Morrill's Aggies usually do a good job in regards to their offensive efficiency, something that usually bodes well in road games. Jared Quayle vs. Janning is one of the better individual matchups as well but look for the Huskies to win by three.
Predictions? Feel free to post them below.