Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Current Scene in College Basketball

With the ACC-Big Ten challenge just hours away, let's take a step back see where college basketball stands in its fourth week.

In the Top 10, Kansas has replaced North Carolina after the Tar Heels lost a big game to Butler at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.  The teams have been jumbled up a little bit since last week, with Louisville and Duke switching places, putting the Blue Devils now in second.

Number 3 Michigan is an extremely strong team led by Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr., and will be tested Tuesday night against number 18 NC State in the first game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.  Another win is in order for the Wolverines, who should win comfortably, though it'll take a good 25-30 minutes to shake NC State.  The second game features the nation's number 1 Indiana against the Tar Heels.  UNC is not reeling from the Butler upset, but right now they are not strong enough to take down Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers.

UConn's loss to New Mexico was expected, considering the scary talent of the Lobos, and has pushed the Huskies out of the Top 25 to make room for the now number 25 Lobos.  Baylor and Memphis have slipped out, and along with New Mexico, Georgetown and Illinois have earned their spot among the nation's elite.

There are plenty of games to look forward to this week.  On Wednesday, the Challenge continues with Ohio State-Duke, Michigan State-Miami and Georgia Tech-Illinois.  Thursday features Marquette-Florida and Notre Dame-Kentucky in the Big East-SEC Challenge, and action continues on Friday with Georgetown-Tennessee.

I'll be tweeting at much as possible about these games, so follow along with @JonToddVanDamme if you want the latest news.

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