Friday, November 17, 2006

The Game

Most of America cares only about "The Game" this weekend. It's that other sport with the oddly shaped ball and the one that refuses to have an undisputed national champion. Apparently, a lot folks care about the game between Michigan and Ohio State. I even hear it will be televised. There are rumors that tickets are very expensive. There are charges that this has pseudo-National Championship ramifications.

Well, I'll leave all that to the experts. Here is the good stuff in college hoops.

Last Night's GOI

--Maryland 92, St. John's 60. Maybe it actually is time to fear the turtle again.
--Michigan State 63, Texas 61. This one surprised me a bit. Maybe Izzo can do more with less.

Weekend GOI
--Texas at St. John's [6 pm CST, ESPN2]. To salvage something in MSG.
--Maryland vs Michigan State [8 pm, ESPN2]. For all the 2k Classic marbles.
--Indiana State at Indiana. In-state rivalry alert! Note to Kelvin Sampson: might want to win this one.
--College of Charleston vs Villanova. CofC is up and Villanova is adjusting. Dangerous game for 'Nova.
--Sacremento State at Denver. Both teams are 0-2 and Denver has been awful.
--Middle Tennessee vs Alabama. MTSU is ravaged by injuries. Tough game for the Blue Pegasi.
--Alcorn State at FIU. FIU hosts their own invitational this weekend.

--Wichita State at George Mason [3 pm, ESPN2]. The return game from last year's BracketBusters classic.
--Air Force at Colorado. In-state rivalry alert! AFA just ripped Stanford. Colorado was recently buried by 41 at New Mexico.
--Northwestern State at Lousiville. NW'n State will not be a pushover. Cards must play well, and they usually do at home. If this were neutral or on the road...
--Creighton at Nebraska. In-state rivalry alert! CU is a heavy favorite even on the road.
--California at San Diego State. In-state game alert! Very important for SDSU's long-term at-large hopes.
--Drexel at Vermont. VERY nice non-TV conference match up.
--UMass at Pitt. Monster game for the Minutemen. Good chance to show that they are worth of at-large and A-10 title chatter.
--North Texas at Rice. NT has won at Charlotte and lost at home to TX-Arlington. Wow.
--UALR at Tulsa. UALR looked awful at Texas Tech. Hopefully, they can right the ship here.
--Morehead State at South Alabama. Jags look to go 3-1.
--MTSU vs TBA.
--FIU vs TBA.

--Winthrop at Mississippi State. Everyone now knows how capable Winthrop is of winning this game.
--Bucknell at Saint Joseph's. The Bison desperately need a W. SJU is never an easy place to get a win.
--Northern Colorado at Denver. In-state game alert.
--New Orleans at Florida State. Tall test for struggling UNO.
--UL-Monroe at LSU. In-state game alert...another tough test for a Belt team.
--FAU at Marist. The Red Foxes are really up this season.
--Tennessee State at Western Kentucky. Early games connected to the Vegas Invitational.
--Troy vs TBA.