(4) North Carolina vs. Evansville…. 7:00, ESPN-U
North Carolina (6-2) needs an easy win after two losses in its last three games. Tyler Zeller needs 13 points to become North Carolina’s 64th 1,000-point scorer and he’ll look to reach that mark tonight against the Aces of Evansville (3-3). John Henson needs to get higher on jumps shots.
As a child of Western Kentucky, I will be cheering for the Aces from my couch. I owe it to the city of Evansville, which gave me countless weekend trips to Eastland Mall, Walther’s Golf and Fun, and Nelly concerts at Roberts Stadium. Those are three things a young man never forgets. Watching the Aces try to upset UNC is the least I can do for a city that gave me so much.
Ohhhhhh… A-C-E-S! ACES! ACES! ACES!
(11) Marquette vs. Washington… 9:00, ESPN
This is another game that hits close to home with the KSR crew. Marquette was our favorite stop on the CBS College Basketball Road Trip — that’s where we danced the night away — and Washington features a recruit KSR loved to follow. Huskies freshman Tony Wroten, the loudest high school basketball player to ever use Twitter, was briefly on Kentucky’s radar for the class of 2011. He loved the Cats if you recall.
Washington (4-2) also features Terrence Ross, the 6’6 guard from Jefferson High School in Portland who lured his best friend Terrence Jones to sign with Washington for a couple days.
For Marquette (7-0), Lazard Hayward graduated. I think.
Miami vs. (21) Memphis… 9:00, ESPN 2
Memphis hasn’t been the same since he left.
(13) Kansas vs. Long Beach State… 9:00, ESPN-U
Long Beach State (4-3) will be playing its third ranked opponent of the season tonight against Kansas, which is 132-7 under Bill Self at home. After this one, the 49ers move on to play North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Who the hell made that schedule?
Kansas’ non-conference schedule isn’t any easier. The Jayhawks (5-2) already have losses to Kentucky and Duke, wins over Georgetown and UCLA, and an upcoming game against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.
Villanova vs. (10) Missouri… 7:00, ESPN
Missouri (7-0) has one of the most efficient offenses in the country under new coach Frank Haith. The Tigers average less than ten turnovers per game while shooting 50% from the field.
Villanova (5-2) hasn’t been great this season with losses at home to Saint Louis and Santa Clara, and an overtime victory at home over La Salle. If you’re a gambler, take Missouri -8 and thank me tomorrow. (Don’t really do that. I’m guessing.)
This one will be played in Madison Square Garden, just blocks away from Jack Demsey’s.