Yes, Beaver Nation. You’ll have to wait until Sunday to watch Oregon State men’s team play, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend your day doing chores around the house. Sit down on the couch, put on some great college basketball and relax folks. Here’s ten great games to make sure you catch a glimpse of on this college basketball Saturday.
#11 Butler vs. Creighton (9:00 AM PT, FS1)
Butler looked untouchable to start the season and is still hanging on with 13-1 record. However, a near fatal collapse against St. John’s exposed some weaknesses from this group. Creighton is always a dangerous team with their ability to get going.
#9 Memphis vs. Georgia (10:00 AM, CBS)
If you love fantastically talented young players than you have to check out this one between Memphis and Georgia. The Bulldogs have Anthony Edwards, a top-three pick in waiting, while the Tigers sport a superb cast, led by play-making big Precious Achiuwa.
#21 Penn State vs. #23 Iowa (11:00 AM, BTN)
Two prototypical mid-west teams that love to work the ball through the interior and play physical on the boards, this is your classic Big Ten match-up taking place at the Palestra of all places. Who else is more than excited for Luka Garza versus Lamar Stevens?
Marquette vs. #10 Villanova (11:00 AM, FOX)
If guards are more your thing, it’s the Villanova fleet of back-court options against the prolific Markus Howard and company from Marquette. Howard is averaging 29.3 points per game over his last three contests in three blow-out wins over mid-majors.
#7 Louisville vs. #18 Florida State (11:00 AM, ESPN2)
Get your hard-hats out for this one. The Seminoles have been one of my favorite teams to watch this season. They’re built like an NBA squad and play an in your face style that’s forty minutes of chaos. Louisville isn’t far behind. Chris Mack has a contender brewing.
#3 Kansas vs. #16 West Virginia (1:00 PM, ESPN+)
Going to Phog Allen and winning requires a Hooisers-esque effort, but if there’s one team who could care less about where, who and when they play, it’s West Virginia. Bob Huggins’s least heralded team in a handful of years has produced an 11-1 record so far.
#24 Wichita State vs. Ole Miss (1:00 PM, ESPNU)
Going on a hunch here for this one. Nothing here says that Ole Miss is necessarily the type of team who could go to Wichita and knock the Shockers in the face, but the Rebels have won four straight heading into this one. Kermit Davis. Gregg Marshall. Great basketball.
Utah vs. #4 Oregon (2:00 PM, Pac-12)
The mountain altitude did not help Oregon one bit against Colorado, as the Ducks saw their masterful start to the year take a pretty strong hit. Utah clipped Oregon State to start league play and won’t be welcoming hosts to Oregon. Conference of Champions. No truck-stops here.
Miami-FL vs. #2 Duke (5:00 PM, ESPN)
Since a blowout defeat at the hands of UCONN, Miami has completely regrouped and got themselves going in a positive direction. The Hurricanes have won five-in-a-row, including moxie-testing clashes on the road at Illinois and Clemson. Duke awaits now.
Utah State vs. #13 San Diego State (7:00 PM, CBSSN)
Quite possibly the best true game on the slate, Utah State was stunned by UNLV on Wednesday night and now, there hopes for a Mountain West title is already on thin ice. San Diego State is the class of the league. Something has to give in Logan.