After what could best be described as a "boring" night of college hoops Tuesday brings the Jimmy V Classic in New York as well as a few non-conference games that could also have an impact come March. Butler and Georgetown play in the opener at MSG and with both teams running versatile offensive systems with some skilled players it should be a close battle. The Hoyas' stiffest test came against Temple and they needed a basket late in regulation to knock off the Owls. Greg Monroe will have his hands full with Matt Howard provided Howard stay out of foul trouble and both teams offer up skilled players on the perimeter as well.
Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack are two more Bulldogs to keep tabs on while the Hoyas will counter with Chris Wright and Austin Freeman. This game should be the nightcap but that honor goes to Pittsburgh and Indiana. The Hoosiers are still rebuilding in the second year of the Tom Crean era and the Panthers are coming back from one of their worst offensive performances in recent history. If there was ever the opportunity for a young Indiana team to steal a win over a name opponent this may be it. Look for Austin Rivers (Indiana) and Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh) to be major factors in the outcome of the game.
As for other games to keep an eye on, Vanderbilt visiting Illinois is a game that could at the very least have an impact on the "bubble" come March. Illinois is riding high following their comeback at Clemson but consistency can still be cited as an issue for Bruce Weber's team. If Demetri McCamey can play well at the point the Illini have a good chance at sending the "Orange Crush" back into the cold of Champaign with smiles on their faces. Dayton/George Mason, Xavier/Kansas State and Arizona State/BYU are three other games that bracketologists (both professional and amateur) should pay attention to.
6:30p BTN UMBC at Penn St
7p ESPN Butler vs. Georgetown
7p ESPNU Morgan State at Minnesota
7:30p MTN Texas Tech at TCU
8:30p BTN Vanderbilt at Illinois
9p ESPN Indiana vs. Pittsburgh
9p ESPNU Xavier at Kansas State
10p MTN Arizona St at BYU
7p Dayton at George Mason
8p Milwaukee at Marquette
8:05p Iowa at Northern Iowa
10:30p Sacramento State at USC
Butler over Georgetown: The Hoyas definitely have the potential to be a good team, even getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. But it's early and the lack of "tests" could do them in against the seasoned Bulldogs. Butler went 1-2 in Anaheim and frankly need this win in their last game in the national "spotlight" before heading into Horizon League play. Brad Stevens' team gets it done in the Garden.