Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
A rivalry showdown between No. 4 Louisville and Kentucky headlines a college basketball Saturday in which 13 ranked teams will take the floor.
All Times EST.
Santa Clara at No. 1 Duke (Noon/ESPN2)
This one might be worth more than just a passing glance. The Broncos are 11-2 a year after going winless in the West Coast Conference, and lay claim to two of the better players of the left coast in Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini.
Western Michigan at No. 23 NC State (Noon/ESPNU)
This one shouldn't be worth more than a passing glance.
No. 20 UNLV at North Carolina (2 p.m./ESPN2)
A rematch of last year's memorable game in Vegas in which the Rebs stunned then-No. 1 North Carolina 90-80. Both teams have been a bit underwhelming so far this season and could each use a victory to significantly bolster their non-conference resume. UNLV big man Mike Moser returned to practice this week and could return to the floor this afternoon.
Virginia Tech vs. BYU (2 p.m./ESPNU)
The Hokies have dropped three of five since their improbable 7-0 start, the most recent of which being an embarrassing 88-52 drubbing at the hands of Colorado State.
Loyola (Chicago) at DePaul (2 p.m./MASN)
If DePaul wins it will extend the team's winning streak to eight games, the longest such streak since the Blue Demons won nine in a row in 1993. Even though they've been so...DePaul in recent years, that's still somewhat surprising.
Auburn vs. No. 12 Illinois (2:15 p.m./Big Ten Network)
Thank you sooo much for pushing this tip back to 2:15, Big Ten Network. I have no idea what I would have done if one of the noon games had an exciting finish and I would have been forced to choose between watching the end or the opening minutes of an Auburn game. Even numbers like the rest of the world, gents.
Kentucky at No. 4 Louisville (4 p.m./CBS)
The most hate-filled (and best) rivalry in the game. One side gets bragging rights for an entire year, the other has to come to grips with the fact that they will be tormented mercilessly for the next year. There's a lot riding on 40 minutes of playing time inside the KFC Yum! Center.
Air Force vs. No. 14 Florida (4:30 p.m./Fox Sports Networks)
The Falcons are a sneaky tough bounce-back opponent for a Florida team that gave the most disappointing effort in the country last weekend in their loss to Kansas State.
Chicago at No. 10 Ohio State (4:30 p.m./Big Ten Network)
You're already expecting to make a "unless it's the Bulls..." joke, so let's just skip it and move on to a real game.
Xavier at Tennessee (6 p.m./ESPNU)
The Volunteers are 5-0 on their home floor and have appeared to solve at least some of their offensive woes during this current three-game winning streak. Xavier, on the other hand, has lost three out of its last four including an embarrassing home loss to Wofford last Saturday. There's a very strong possibility that we will be giving this result more weight than it deserves come March.
UMKC at No. 25 Kansas State (7 p.m./Fox Sports Midwest)
Don't ask me why or how, but I have seen the UMKC Kangaroos play two full games this season. My scouting report is that they are not very good.
George Mason at South Florida (7 p.m./MASN)
Neither team has played as well as their fans had hoped to this point, and both are in desperate need of some momentum heading into league play.
Washington at Connecticut (7:30 p.m./ESPN2)
This battle of the Huskies won't quite live up to the Rip Hamilton buzzer-beater in '98, but...well, that's really it.
No. 18 Butler at Vanderbilt (8 p.m./ESPNU)
The Bulldogs have their marquee victory and they have momentum, this is where they can't afford to slip up and take a bad L. Vandy is way down, but Memorial Gymnasium can do crazy things to a team.
UC-Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton (10 p.m./ESPNU)
Fullerton ranks fourth in the nation in scoring and has two player (D.J. Seeley and Kwame Vaughn) who average better than 18.0 points per game. Also, Lo from Laguna Beach and The Hills went to UCSB. That's another thing that happened.