Saturday, February 8, 2014

College Basketball Games to Watch: February 8th

(7) Cincinnati vs. SMU - The AAC is having a fantastic season, with four top-25 teams right now. However, SMU will likely be less than pleased that they continue to be left out despite already having beaten two AAC teams that are ranked - UConn and Memphis.  SMU also have just as impressive conference and overall records as these two teams.  What else do SMU have to do to have their name included in the top-25?  Well, a victory against 7th ranked Cincinnati would not hurt.  Cincinnati, who defeated SMU back on new years day by eight, have won their last fifteen behind a brilliant season from Sean Kilpatrick, who is averaging an impressive 19.7 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. This game will surely be a highly contested one, as SMU will look to add to their tournament chances with a win against a very talented Cincinnati team.

West Virginia vs. (8) Kansas - Here we have another conference matchup between a top-10 team and a team that has tournament aspirations.  Coming off of a huge overtime win against 21st ranked Oklahoma as well as two more big wins against Kansas State and Baylor, West Virginia has a chance to boost their resume today against Kansas.  The Big 12 is having an incredible season, so West Virginia are going to need to up their game if they want to make the tournament, and what better way than a big win against an eighth ranked Kansas.

(10) Michigan vs. (17) Iowa - Michigan and Iowa are two of the top three teams in the Big Ten along with Michigan State.  Iowa, who have already upset a formerly third ranked Ohio State team, will be on the upset trail again against Michigan.  Meanwhile, Michigan have had several upsets of their own in recent weeks, including against then third ranked Wisconsin and just two games later against the next team taking up the third spot in the rankings, Michigan State.  These two teams that tend to play well in big games should create an entertaining matchup as they both look to stay near the top of the Big 10.

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