College Hoops Wednesday: Your Commentary

December 22nd, 2009

The final big day of games before Chrismas will offer up a couple of games in which ranked teams should be wary of the upset. Georgetown, looking to recover from their disappointing loss to Old Dominion over the weekend, will host an equally dangerous team in Harvard at noon. One big reason why the Crimson have a shot: senior guard Jeremy Lin, who's already scored thirty in a loss at Connecticut and led Harvard to their second consecutive win over Boston College. The Palo Alto native can get his own shot as well as set up his teammates, which will make him a tough matchup for the Hoyas. If Georgetown comes out without energy as they did on Saturday they could find themselves in yet another hole to fight their way out of.

New Mexico, who is ranked twelfth in the ESPN/USA Today poll, visits an Oral Roberts team that could be more of a challenge than their 6-6 record would indicate. The Golden Eagles, led by head coach Scott Sutton and F Dominique Morrison (four Golden Eagles average in double figures), have yet to lose at home and also have a win at Stanford to their credit this season. But the key for the Golden Eagles will be to provide a suitable answer for Darington Hobson, who already has four double-doubles to his credit and he's also averaging 7.5 assists per game over his last two contests. Steve Alford's got a team that should be considered one of the favorites in the Mountain West but they'd better be ready to go when the ball goes up at the Mabee Center. 

As for other games on the schedule one to keep an eye on late may be Arizona hosting NC State, who will play without the suspended Tracy Smith (complaining about the officiating in Sunday's loss at Wake Forest). If either team is to entertain any thought of getting into position to vie for an NCAA Tournament bid they need this one. And even with a win here both would likely have to win more than half of their league games at the very least. And out in Las Vegas, how legit is Nebraska? The Huskers picked up a solid win over Tulsa on Tuesday; Wednesday brings a very good BYU team that scored 110 in a win over Nevada. While there won't be many national attention-grabbing games on Wednesday there is some quality. 


3p ESPNU Diamond Head Classic - Consolation (Northeastern vs. Western Michigan)
5p ESPNU Diamond Head Classic - Semifinal 1 (USC vs. Saint Mary's)
7p BTN South Dakota St at Minnesota
7:30p ESPN2 Mississippi at West Virginia
9p BTN UWM at Wisconsin
9:30p ESPN2 Illinois vs. Missouri
10:30p FSN NC State at Arizona
11:30p ESPN2 Diamond Head Classic - Semifinal 2 (UNLV vs. Hawaii)
2a ESPNU Diamond Head Classic - Consolation (SMU vs. Charleston)


Noon Harvard at Georgetown
1p Long Beach St at Kentucky
7p Massachusetts at Boston College
7p Charlotte at Old Dominion
7p Rider at Siena
8p New Mexico at Oral Roberts
8p Tulsa vs Nevada (Las Vegas Classic)
8p TCU at Houston
10:30p Nebraska vs. BYU (Las Vegas Classic)


BYU over Nebraska: Doc Sadler may have a solid team at his fingertips but it's tough to see Nebraska knocking off a BYU team that could benefit from a home-court advantage if a few of their fans in two for the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas hang around for another night. And players such as Jimmer Fredette and Jonathan Tavernari could prove to be more than a handful for the Huskers. Nebraska is going up a team more seasoned than the Tulsa team they just defeated and that will play a role in the BYU victory.