The weather outside is getting colder. College basketball is in full-swing. Here’s a look at some of the big college basketball games coming up in the next few days.
Can’t Miss College Basketball Games
Friday, December 8
Basketball Hall of Fame Classic (Staples Center, Los Angeles, California)
St. John’s Red Storm vs No. 16 Arizona State Sun Devils @ 7 CST on PAC 12 Network:
It’s East Coast vs. West Coast when St. John’s head coach Chris Mullen takes his team across the country to take on Bobby Hurley’s undefeated Arizona State Sun Devils.
If only this were a college football matchup... just kidding. USC enters this game on a two-game losing streak while Oklahoma’s Trae Young continues to ball out. Expect a highly competitive game.
No. 22 Nevada Wolfpack vs. No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs @ 10:59 CST on ESPNU
An early battle between two ranked, non-conference foes takes place under the bright lights in Los Angeles. TCU is building a solid foundation under former Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon
Saturday, December 9
If you haven’t watched Duke play yet or missed all of the PK80 Tournament, it’s time to tune in. Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter make up the best front court tandem in the country.
Early on in the season, both of these teams do not look to be nearly as strong as they were a year ago. Still, this is a classic matchup. Keep an eye on Michigan forward and Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews. The Chicagoland product is a menace in transition.
The Battle for Wisconsin rages on. The games between these two teams are usually testy, high-strung affairs. Big Ten fans will be hoping the Badgers can pull this one out against a usually-solid Big East foe.
Louisville has played well thus far considering their off-court circumstances. A game featuring two of college basketball’s most storied programs is can’t miss in the early afternoon.
Wichita State is for real. The only blemish on their record is a 1-point loss to Notre Dame in the Maui Invitational Final. Oklahoma State is a tough place to play.
Florida’s ranking will drop after a surprising home loss to Florida State earlier in the week. Cincinnati will look to right the ship — a crushing loss to arch-rival Xavier won’t define the Bearcats.
From ranked in the top five to unranked in a couple of weeks, it’s been a rough go for the Arizona Wildcats. The McKale Center will be rocking when Collin Sexton and Avery Johnson’s Alabama Crimson Tide travels to Tuscon over the weekend.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs UNLV Rebels @ 11:00 CST on ESPN2
Illinois ended their three-game losing streak against Austin Peay on Wednesday. The Fighting Illini take that bit of momentum to the City of Entertainment when they play the hosts, the UNLV Rebels in a late night feature.
Sunday, December 10
No. 16 Arizona State Sun Devils at No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks @ 1:00 CST on ESPN
It’s clear Arizona State is on the rise. A trip to Kansas’ Phog Allen Fieldhouse on short rest will be a tough test for the Pac 12 team.
An in-state college basketball rivalry game closes out the weekend. Washington’s losses have come against major conference foes, and while the ‘Zags aren’t in a major conference, they have proven time and time again they are the cream of the mid-major crop.