We turn the schedule from January to February today, and also a huge month waits for for groups throughout Division I. After an extensively enjoyable weekend break that saw lots of shocks– specifically in the Big 12/SEC Challenge— there will certainly be chances for declaration wins, résumé-boosting success and also, well, just-don’ t-mess-this-one-up success.
As the heading of this item recommends, the Big 12 proceeds to be head-and-shoulders over every meeting, yet that’s not the only organization worth tracking as we near one month to go up until meeting competition time.Behind No 1 Purdue in the Big Ten standings is a not likely prospect: Northwestern, which was chosen 13th in the preseason survey.With No 16 Xavier dropping over the weekend break, the top of the Big East is beginning to number up, also. Even in an odd year for the ACC, North Carolina-Duke constantly supplies somehow, form or kind. Oh, and also do not forget the Mountain West, which would certainly send out 4 groups dancing if the NCAA Tournament started tomorrow.
It does not, certainly. But it’s obtaining better.
This week’s topgames
No 11 Baylor atNo 10 Texas (Monday, 9 p.m. on ESPN)– Another Monday, another substantial test for Baylor in the sturdy Big 12. One week earlier, the Bears defeated after that-No 9 Kansas inWaco This week, they’ll take their six-game winning touch to Austin for a battle with Texas.
Baylor’s fantastic violation–No 2 in the nation in effectiveness– works on an uber-talented backcourt, huge guys that struck the glass tough and also fantastic round safety and security. Over 43% of its shots busy play have actually been 3-pointers, the highest possible price in the organization. Texas has its very own deadly violation in shift, however, and also the Longhorns go 9 deep. Plus, they have actually just shed when in the house this period. The backcourt fight in between Baylor’s Keyonte George, Adam Flagler, LJ Cryer and also Langston Love vs. Texas’ Marcus Carr, Tyrese Hunter and also Arterio Morris deserves the cost of admission alone.
No 7 Kansas State atNo 8 Kansas (Tuesday, 8 p.m. on Big 12/ESPN+)– This one does not require excessive discussing. The last time these 2 interplay, Keyontae Johnson tossed down a game-winning alley-oop in the Wildcats’ 83-82 overtime success to cap among the very best games of the period. With a tremendous 67 mixed totally free tosses tried, it was a fight proper of the in-state competition.
The last time the Wildcats brushed up the Sunflower Showdown, nonetheless, was back in 1991, and also Jalen Wilson will certainly have a large duty in guaranteeing it remains this way. The junior has actually been like any individual in the sporting activity not called Zach Edey with a career-high 38 factors in the last conference. Kansas State will certainly have to do a much better work safeguarding Wilson on the boundary. Too often times, the Wildcats obtained captured resting versus Wilson’s off-ball motion or liquidated improperly.
If Wilson’s going to defeat you with disputed shots from deep, so be it. He’s capturing under 35% from past the arc and also went simply 3 for 10 in the very first conference. But you can not provide him open up catch-and-shoot jumpers and also permit straight drives to the edge.
No 22 San Diego State at Nevada (Tuesday, 11 p.m. on CBS Sports Network)– Two of the leading groups in the Mountain West standings come to blows in Reno, with Nevada looking to retaliate its loss to San Diego State previously inJanuary The Aztecs have remarkable equilibrium with 5 gamers balancing a minimum of 8 factors busy play. The Aztecs have an excellent backcourt in Matt Bradley, Darrion Trammell and also Lamont Butler, with Adam Seiko coming off the bench (he had a career-high 25 factors in an excellent sway Utah State recently). Nevada, however, hasn’t shed in the house this period and also flaunts standout sway Boise State, Utah State and also New Mexico– 3 of the meeting’s leading 4 groups– at theLawlor Events Center Kenan Blackshear had 68 factors over those 3 success, and also the Wolf Pack will certainly require another huge one from him Tuesday evening.
No 17 Providence atNo 16 Xavier (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. on FS1)– This one will certainly be a lots of enjoyable, with both groups rating top-20 country wide in offending effectiveness. They obtain it carried out in extremely various means, though: Providence leads the Big East in offending recoiling percent and also totally free toss price busy play; Xavier blazes a trail in 3-point percent. Providence, on the other hand flaunts the very best 3-point protection in Big East play.
Keep an eye on a remarkable huge guy fight: Providence’s Bryce Hopkins, a Kentucky transfer, leads the Big East in factors per video game busy play and also obtains to the line at will. Xavier, on the other hand, flaunts a set of proficient bigs in Jack Nunge and also Zach Freemantle.
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (Wednesday, 9 p.m. on ESPN 2)– Oklahoma State and also Oklahoma are top-40 groups country wide according to KenPom. They’re likewise 7th and also linked for 8th, specifically, in the meeting standings. That’s exactly how great the Big 12 is. Grant Sherfield is coming off a 30-point surge in the Sooners’ substantial swayNo 2Alabama Expect turmoil throughout the current installation of the Bedlam Series
VCU at Saint Louis (Friday, 7 p.m. on ESPN2)– Chaifetz Arena must be humming on Friday evening with the Rams going to the Billikens in a showdown in between the leading 2 groups in an affordable Atlantic 10. VCU has the meeting’s ideal protection and also has the A10’s highest possible forced turn over percent. However, decreasing the A10’s most effective violation will certainly be no very easy job. The Billikens are just one of the country’s most skilled groups, with Division I helps per video game leader Yuri Collins blazing a trail. Javonte Perkins is beginning to locate his groove after returning from a torn ACL and also an aggravating ankle joint injury. He’s racked up in dual numbers in 5 straight games.
No 1 Purdue atNo 21 Indiana (Saturday, 4 p.m. on ESPN)– After shedding 4 of its very first 5 Big Ten games, Indiana has actually come barking back with 5 straight triumphes, 4 by dual numbers. Purdue, on the various other hand, hasn’t had any type of type of variance problems. The Boilermakers have one loss this period– by one to Rutgers– and also Zach Edey, that standards 22.1 PPG and also 13 RPG, has basically secured gamer of the year honors
Edey’s advancement has actually been impressive. He’s constantly allowed. He hasn’t constantly been able to coating both hands, utilize great maneuvering and also timing to develop area, or have the touch to round off plays. He leads the nation with 12 factors per video game on blog post ups, and also it begins with him obtaining excellent positioning. His right-handed hook is almost unstoppable, and also if you overdo there, he can discuss his left shoulder. If you attempt to refute the round, he will certainly pack you in the basket. He currently deals with an Indiana protection that’s amongst the most awful in safeguarding post-ups this period.
North Carolina at Duke (Saturday, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN)– The secondly of these 2 competitions (on March 4) is amongst the 10 games we’re looking ahead to in 2023, yet this very first conference must be respectable, also. These fabled programs have actually divided their last 40 conferences, 20-20.
Duke fresher Kyle Filipowski has actually been fantastic regardless of injuries and also unequal efficiencies around him. He’s on rate to be simply the 4th ACC fresher to standard a minimum of 15 factors and also 9 rebounds in the last 30 periods, and also the very first given that Marvin Bagley III in 2017-18. His fight with Armando Bacot down reduced will certainly be a thrilling one. Only 3 gamers have much more double-doubles than Bacot this period.
Plus, it’s UNC-Duke What much more do I have to claim?
No 12 Gonzaga atNo 18 Saint Mary’s (Saturday, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN)– Also included in my very early-January listing, this is a quarrel in between both ideal groups in theWest Coast Conference The Bulldogs play quick and also have among the country’s ideal offenses. The Gaels play sluggish and also have among the country’s ideal defenses. Drew Timme is having yet another superior period, also if this year’s Gonzaga group isn’t Mark Few’s ideal. Saint Mary’s has 4 gamers balancing a minimum of a loads factors– linked for a lot of any type of group– in what may be train Randy Bennett’s ideal team. This will certainly deserve keeping up for.
Three NBA Draft potential customers to watch
Check out the 2023 CBS Sports NBA Draft Prospect Rankings.
- It’s been a hard year for Villanova in Year 1 under Kyle Nepture after Jay Wright’s retired life, yet Cam Whitmore is beginning to reveal what makes him such a luring possibility. The strong-bodied tiny ahead racked up 21 factors in a slim lossto No 23 Providence over the weekend break and also has actually racked up in dual numbers in 5 of his last 6 games while firing over 45% from 3 throughout that stretch. The Wildcats obtain challenging examinations atNo 14 Marquette and also Creighton today. Whitmore is 4th in our possibility positions.
- Iowa is back on the silver lining of the bubble of Jerry Palm’s Bracketology, yet the Hawkeyes have job to do to remain there. That begins versus Northwestern and also Illinois– both competition groups presently– today. Kris Murray has actually gotten on a tear recently, with 5 games of a minimum of 20 factors in January, a lot of any type of Big Ten gamer. He’s 15th in our possibility positions.
- Indiana’s Jalen Hood-Schifino is coming off a 24-point trip that consisted of 6 3-pointers in a gainOhio State That followed he had not made a solitary 3-pointer over his previous 4games Hood-Schifino leads the Hoosiers in helps, swipes and also turnovers, and also he can run truly cold and hot. Indiana will certainly require him warm: The Hoosiers go to Maryland and also residence versusNo 1 Purdue today. Hood-Schifino is 35th in our possibility positions.
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