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Another Huge Weekend - 24-25 January

I'm not quite sure how much televised action I'll be able to catch on Saturday, as I have a live doubleheader on my plate. I'll start the day at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark for Georgia State at Delaware (2 EST, no TV). Then, I'm headed to Philadelphia for my first visit to the Palestra, where I'll see St. Joe's and Penn (Comcast Network, 7 EST). Depending on how far I get on my Sunday bracket, I may also check out Rhode Island's visit to George Washington on Sunday afternoon (2 EST, no TV).

You can follow me on twitter during my travels this weekend. In the meantime, here are my picks of the televised games of the weekend.


Niagara @ Siena (MAAC/MSG/FCS Atlantic/Full Court, 12 EST) - While Siena didn't get the non-conference wins they'd need to be an at-large pick, the Saints currently lead the Purple Eagles by two games in the loss column.

Maryland @ Duke (ESPN, 12 EST) - The Blue Devils will attempt to lay claim to the #1 spot in the rankings. The Terps are searching for a big win to keep them in NCAA consideration.

Auburn @ Arkansas (Raycom/Full Court, 1 EST) - The Razorbacks look to finally pick up their first conference win after an 0-3 start.

American @ Holy Cross (ESPNU, 2 EST) - Eagles (3-0) and Crusaders (3-1) play for first place in the Patriot League.

NC State @ Boston College (Raycom/Full Court, 2 EST) - Did you think that two weeks after beating North Carolina, the Eagles would be tied with the Wolfpack in the loss column?

Milwaukee @ Butler (Full Court, 2 EST) - This game isn't as big as it would've been had the Panthers beaten Valpo Thursday night. Bulldogs now lead UWM by two games in the loss column.

Kentucky @ Alabama (Raycom/Full Court, 3 EST) - Tide look for their second straight win after they found out Ronald Steele wasn't returning to the team. Wildcats look to further build their lead in the SEC.

Memphis @ Tennessee (CBS, 3:30 EST) - Vols step out of SEC play for a rematch of one of the games of last season. Even though much of the cast is different for the Tigers, you can bet they want to avenge their only regular season defeat of 2007-08.

Wisconsin @ Illinois (ESPN, 4 EST) - Fading Badgers have lost three straight. Going to Assembly Hall, where the Illini beat Ohio State by 18 on Tuesday, may not be the best way to end the skid.

George Mason @ VCU (ESPN2, 4 EST) - Mason is coming into this one off a loss to Northeastern and without John Vaughn. Rams are in the driver's seat in the CAA, since they only have to face the other two front-runners once, and both meetings are in Richmond.

UCLA @ Washington (FSN/selected CSN networks, 4 EST) - Both teams won Thursday night, and with Cal's shocking loss to Oregon State in Berkeley, they meet Saturday for sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.

Utah @ UNLV (Versus, 4 EST) - The Utes (along with San Diego State) are a half-game behind TCU in the MWC race. The Rebels, conquerors of the Marriott Center last time out, look to drag Utah down a peg.

Baylor @ Oklahoma (ESPNU, 4 EST) - Bears are just a game behind the Sooners in the Big 12.

Southern Illinois @ Illinois State (CSN Chicago/FS Midwest, 5 EST) - This meeting of a traditional Valley power and early-season favorite will give one of them yet another loss to overcome in the quest to over take Northern Iowa.

USC @ Washington State (FSN/selected CSN networks, 6 EST) - After close losses to the new league leaders on Thursday, these two are fighting to stay above .500.

Houston @ Arizona (FS Arizona/FCS Central, 6 EST) - The Cougars currently sit second in Conference USA, and by no means does that guarantee an at-large bid. Beating a Wildcat team that's spiralling down the Pac-10 may not either, but it can't hurt.

Connecticut @ Notre Dame (ESPN, 7 EST) - Huskies try to snap the Irish's home winning streak.

Northeastern @ Old Dominion (CSN/CSN Mid-Atl./CSS, 7 EST) - The Boston-based Huskies try to keep the momentum of their win over GMU against a Monarch side that is trying to break the .500 mark in the CAA.

Indiana State @ Bradley (CSN Chicago/FS Midwest, 7 EST) - Two road losses have knocked the Braves back in the Valley race. They look to get back on track at home against the league's bottom team. Not that the standings mean anything in the MVC.

Xavier @ LSU (ESPN2, 8 EST) - The Tigers, fresh of blasting the two Mississippi schools, look for a non-conference win that would definitely improve their resume.

Texas A&M @ Texas (ESPNU, 8 EST) - The Aggies are only 1-3 in the Big 12, and may very well fall to 1-4 after Saturday night. Will it hurt them? Not really, as the schedule really softens up starting in February.

Northwestern @ Michigan (BTN, 8 EST) - The Wildcats are a much improved team. Are they improved enough to make the NCAAs for the first time? We'll see. Building off their win at Michigan State Wednesday is crucial, which means they have to beat a fading Wolverine squad.

San Diego State @ BYU (The Mtn., 9 EST) - The Cougars can get themselves into a tie with the Aztecs for no worse than 3rd in the MWC if they can defend their home court, something that used to be a given until the past month.

Utah State @ Hawai'i (Full Court, 11:59 EST) - The long trip to the islands, with all of its distractions, is the next obstacle to the Aggies quest for a perfect WAC season. The Warriors are currently bottom of the league, but cannot be discounted at home.


Louisville @ Syracuse (Big East/SNY/MASN/Full Court, 12 EST) - The Cardinals are a perfect 5-0 atop the Big East, and they could give the Orange some pace issues in the Dome.

Florida @ Vanderbilt (CBS, 1:30 EST) - The Commodores looked awful in their loss to Tennessee Tuesday night. Gators need to forget their loss at the buzzer to South Carolina on Wednesday.

Georgetown @ Seton Hall (BIg East/SNY/MASN/Full Court, 2 EST) - The Pirates came close to getting a league win Thursday night against Providence, but they'll face a fired up Hoyas team, fresh off a shock beating at the hands of West Virginia.

Michigan State @ Ohio State (CBS, 3:45 EST) - Both teams are coming off surprising losses midweek. For OSU, the shock was the margin. For MSU, the surprise is that they lost period. The Buckeyes are two games behind the Spartans in the Big Ten.

Pitt @ West Virginia (Big East/FSN Pittsburgh/CST/MASN/MSG, 4 EST) - After their big win in Washington Thursday night, the Mountaineers are only a game behind the Panthers in the loss column.

Virginia Tech @ Miami (FSN/selected CSN networks, 5:30 EST) - The Hokies are definitely in the NCAA conversation now, since they possess something Miami doesn't yet have, a win over one of the ACC favorites.. The Hurricanes will look to stop Tech's 3-game ACC win streak.