College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 15

Last night, if you skipped out on college basketball (or if you don't have ESPNU), you missed out.

Oakland, from Michigan, not California, defending Summit League champions, upset No. 7 Tennessee, who almost assuredly won't be the final top seed in my next bracket, 89-82. Keith Benson had a monster game, scoring 26 and grabbing 10 boards, despite leaving for the locker room after injuring his ankle early in the second half. 

The Golden Grizzlies tied the game at 76 with 5:06 left, thanks to a pair of Larry Wright free throws. They then outscored the Volunteers 13-6 the rest of the way, capitalized by a Wright three with :40 seconds to go, which sewed the win up.

But that wasn't all, as Drexel knocked off 21st-ranked Louisville, 52-46, handing the Cardinals their first loss in their new arena. Gerald Colds scored 20 for the Dragons, who did most of their damage on the defensive end, holding the Cardinals to 31.9 percent shooting from the field. Both teams, however, stunk it up from the line. The Dragons and Cardinals went to the line 25 times, managing 12 freebies each. Ouch.

The bad news is, tonight's limited schedule doesn't offer quite the upset potential. But you never know. More after the jump.

Florida Gulf Coast at Ohio State, Big Ten Network (6:30 p.m. ET): The Buckeyes can make a good claim to be Sunshine State champs if they beat the 2-5 Eagles, since they've already toppled Florida and Florida State on the road.

 

UNC Greensboro at Wake Forest, ESPNU (7 p.m. ET): Sure, the Demon Deacons aren't very good, but they should be able to knock off the Spartans, who have yet to win a game this season.

Mississippi Valley State at Arkansas, ARSN/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET): The Delta Devils continue their 13-game season opening road trip in Fayetteville, two nights after they dropped to 1-7 with a 32-point loss to Mississippi.

Akron at Minnesota, Big Ten Network (8:30 p.m. ET): Over the weekend, I was thinking this game could have the most upset potential for tonight, especially with Al Nolen still out for the Golden Gophers. That all changed when Temple pounded the Zips by 25.

Auburn at USF, ESPNU (9 p.m. ET): The Bulls will look to snap a two-game losing streak against a Tiger team that's struggling at both ends of the floor.

Southeastern Louisiana at Alabama, SEC on CSS/BHSN/CST/ESPN3/Full Court (9 p.m. ET): The Crimson Tide were simply outclassed in their last two contests, a 19-point road loss at Purdue and a 12-point setback in Providence, but they should have a better chance against a Lions team that has only beaten two Division I opponents, Jacksonville State and Southern.

For information about games that will be telecast regionally tonight, like Stetson at Florida State, visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site. Another good resource is the schedule page at BB State.

Please share your thoughts about tonight's action in the comments, after you sign up for a free SB Nation account, of course.

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