• 5 College Basketball Games to Watch For This Week

    by FootBasket on Sunday, February 24, 2013

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    Juan Salas/Icon SMI


    No. 8 Syracuse (22-5) vs. No. 17 Marquette (19-7)

    Both teams are coming off tough losses, as Syracuse lost to Georgetown at home while Marquette fell to Villanova on the road. Syracuse and Marquette are currently tied for second in the Big East, so this is a big game for both teams. This is a crucial conference match-up between two very good teams. Tune in for this one on Monday night.

    No. 15 Butler (22-6) vs. VCU (22-6)

    Butler and VCU both fell to Saint Louis this week, and now both teams trail the Billikens in the Atlantic 10 standings, making this game all the more important.

    This is the first and only meeting between two of the more famous “Cinderella teams”. This game is a big one for both teams, as both are coming off losses and can’t afford to lose ground on the Billikens. The loser of this one is likely out of the hunt for the A-10 regular season title, so don’t miss it on Saturday.

    No. 10 Louisville (22-5) vs. No. 8 Syracuse (22-5)

    Louisville and Syracuse are tied for second in the Big East (along with Marquette) and looking up at Georgetown, which means this game is a huge one for both teams. The loser of this one has a slim chance of taking the Big East regular season title, so it’s essentially a must-win for both teams.

    When these two teams met on Jan. 19, Louisville was the top-ranked team in the nation and Syracuse was No. 6, but the Orange came into the KFC! Yum Center and won a thriller. The Cardinals definitely won’t forget about that one, and they will look to get revenge on the Orange. The Carrier Dome will be packed for this one, so tune in to see another great conference match-up on Saturday.

    Wichita State (22-5) vs. Creighton (22-7)

    Wichita State is hot, having won five in a row (possibly six if they defeat Evansville before this one), and they hold just a one-game lead over Creighton. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are in a bit of a slump, as they’ve lost four out of six and can’t afford another loss.

    This is the final game of the regular season for both teams, and it should be a thriller. The last time these two met was on Jan. 19 when Wichita State beat Creighton at home, 67-64. Creighton definitely remembers that game and they will look to take down Wichita State and take the Missouri Valley Conference title.

    The CenturyLink Center will be loud and this game will likely decide who wins the conference. I can’t wait for this game on Saturday.

    No. 2 Miami (22-4) vs. No. 6 Duke (23-3)

    This game is the game I’m most looking forward to this week. When these two teams met in the Bank United Center on Jan. 23, Duke was the top-ranked team in the nation, and Miami had just entered the top-25. The Hurricanes didn’t care that Duke was No. 1, and they annihilated the Blue Devils, 90-63, showing the world that Hurricanes basketball was legit.

    It’s been four weeks since that match-up, and Miami hasn’t slowed down and has risen all the way to the second-ranked team in the nation. However, I can guarantee that Duke remembers that game very well, and Cameron Indoor Stadium will be loud and crazy.

    Duke will come out with fire and intensity, playing behind the Cameron Crazies, hoping to avenge that Jan. 23 loss. Do not miss this one on Saturday night.

    Other Games to Watch ForSan Diego State (20-7) vs. No. 16 New Mexico (23-4) | No. 25 Notre Dame (21-6) vs. No. 17 Marquette (19-7) | No. 12 Arizona (23-4) vs. UCLA (19-7-)

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