College Hoops Wednesday: Your Commentary
Wednesday night doesn't lack for appealing matchups on the hardwood, with one of the best rivalries in the Big East last decade sharing the stage with key games in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 ad Mountain West. Connecticut, who can use a "big" win this season, hosts a resurgent Pittsburgh squad that is one of two Big East teams still undefeated in conference play. Ashton Gibbs has stepped up in recent weeks and the return of Gilbert Brown and Jermaine Dixon has given Jamie Dixon's team more depth on the perimeter. The questions for the Huskies: can they rebound consistently and can they be efficient in their half-court offense? Look for this to go down to the wire at the XL Center.
Wisconsin has a dangerous game in Evanston against Northwestern, and it will be even tougher with Jon Leuer out with a broken wrist. Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon will have added responsibilities offensively but when you've got one of the nation's best coaches in Bo Ryan you still have a good chance to win games. The Wildcats can certainly use the win in their quest for the program's first-even NCAA Tournament berth. Michael Thompson has improved substantially since last season, allowing Northwestern to remain in contention for a berth despite losing three key players early in the season to injury.
Other games to keep an eye on include Clemson hosting North Carolina (the Tigers had better get the ball to Trevor Booker early and often), Texas Tech and Missouri facing off in Lubbock, a showdown in Las Vegas (SDSU/UNLV) and two of the favorites in the WAC facing off in Reno. Should be a fun night.
6:30p BTN Minnesota at Michigan St
7p ESPN Boston College at Duke
7p ESPN2 Pittsburgh at Connecticut
7p ESPNU Cincinnati at St. John's
8p CBS-College Marshall at UCF
8p MTN BYU at Air Force
8:30p BTN Wisconsin at Northwestern
9p ESPN North Carolina at Clemson
9p ESPN2 Kansas at Nebraska
9p ESPNU Missouri at Texas Tech
10p CBS-College San Diego St at UNLV
10p MTN Utah at New Mexico
11p ESPN2 Utah State at Nevada
7p Georgia Tech at Virginia
7p Miami at Virginia Tech
7:05p Wichita St at Indiana St
7:30p Charlotte at Xavier
8p UTEP at Houston
9p Vanderbilt at Alabama
Northwestern over Wisconsin: Going with the upset here. Both teams will be happy to play this one in the sixties, but while the Wildcats are by no means desperate they need a solid win for their resume. Look for Thompson and John Shurna to make big plays down the stretch to sew up the upset.