Friday, November 14, 2014

11/14 preview

Welcome to the daily postings!  Each day, you're getting two of them thrown in your face:  the recap of the day before, and the preview of the day to come.

Welcome to opening night.

There are many trivial games; I don't need to mention Presbyterian @ Duke, for example.  Cupcake games get ignored on this blog unless something funny happens in the game.

Game of the day:
Minnesota v. Louisville (neutral site) - Sort of a house money shot for Minnesota right off the bat to get a signature win.  The impact of a win or loss in this game, for either side, will be rather small.  Both have a billion chances later in the season for similar wins.

Sneaky bracket-impact game of the day:
Georgia @ Georgia Tech - Get used to me ragging on the SEC this season - they're awful.  Georgia is in the mix for 3rd place behind Kentucky/Florida.  So a road game at a bottom half ACC team is a spot where they can shut me up.

The "why are you playing this game" game of the day:
Louisiana Tech @ Southern - You're the CUSA favorites...and going on the road to a SWAC school?  What?  Am I missing something?

The rundown:
Tennessee @ VCU - Not expecting the upset here, but noting that it's another chance for the SEC to rocket off to a good start
Virginia @ James Madison - Virginia should handle this spot on the road, but it IS the road...
American @ Temple - Patriot favorites in a road game that, if they're really good, they'll handle
North Carolina Central @ North Carolina - MEAC favorites will likely get blasted on the road
New Mexico St @ Wichita St - NMSU's mission to compensate for the awful SoS in the WAC gets underway
Weber St @ Utah St - Big Sky favorites in a roadie at a MWC school.  These are the types of games you need to win to improve your seed in March, and the Big Sky has struggled with their seed recently
Washington St @ UTEP - UTEP should handle, but a Pac-12 opponent isn't trivial for them

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