Saturday, December 13, 2014

12/13 preview

Games of the day (non-bracketology category):
North Carolina at Kentucky - in reality, it's a house money shot for UNC to save its resume
Utah at Kansas - after Utah's latest run (Wichita, @BYU), this game has zero impact on them if they get blown out
Gonzaga at UCLA - UCLA could use some big wins, and Gonzaga could use some meat on their resume before entering the low-calorie WCC conference season

The big bubble impact games:
Dayton at Arkansas - UD with a quality road win chance, Arkansas needs to give the SEC any kind of respectability possible
St Mary's at Creighton - St Mary's can't afford to lose too many games, and CU continues to be a pleasant surprise
Northern Iowa at VCU - UNI has reached house money status for this game, a loss here won't undo their work so far.  VCU is getting desperate, though
Cincinnati at Nebraska - the AAC is awful so far, so a road win like this is all of a sudden more important to get for Cincy.  And Nebraska needs to stop their bleeding

Big teams in tricky spots:
Maryland hosts USC Upstate
Wichita St has to go on the road at Detroit
Providence hosts Stony Brook
St Bonaventure @ Pittsburgh
Oklahoma has to go to Tulsa, who's now off the bubble
Xavier plays at Mizzou
Arizona plays a desperate Michigan team at home
Oklahoma St plays at a desperate Memphis team on the road
Illinois hosts Oregon in a hold-serve type of game
Notre Dame hosts Florida St
Texas St @ Texas
BYU travels to Weber St

On the fringes:
Murray St at Evansville
Mississippi St at Oregon St
Denver at Stanford
Purdue at Vanderbilt

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