College basketball schedule: A clash of Huskies leads the Sunday slate

Jared Wickerham

The East Coast Huskies look to rebound from an ugly loss, while the West Coast Huskies seek their third straight win.

Connecticut and Washington have played some classics in the NCAA Tournament, but on Sunday the two meet in a big regular season, non-conference matchup.

No. 10 UConn is coming off its first loss of the season -- a game at home against Stanford where the Huskies scored just 13 points in the second half. Washington, meanwhile, has won its last two, but has yet to take advantage of a tough non-conference schedule. Washington has already lost to San Diego State, Boston College and Indiana.

Here's a look at Sunday's full schedule. All times Eastern:

Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. No. 25 Iowa (2 p.m., ESPN3)

The Hawkeyes have had nine days to stew over their close loss to Iowa State last week. Now, they can take out their frustrations on the struggling Golden Lions (2-8). Through 12 games, Iowa ranks in the top six nationally in points, assists and rebounds per game, and senior guard Roy Devyn Marble is responsible for a good part of that attack. He leads Iowa in scoring (15.9 points per game) and assists (3.8 per contest). DaVon Haynes leads Arkansas-Pine Bluff in scoring, but the Golden Lions have lost eight straight and have yet to defeat a Division I opponent.

No. 10 Connecticut vs. Washington (3:30 p.m., ESPNU)

The clash of Huskies pits two of the nation's top guards against each other in a West Coast matinee from Seattle. Shabazz Napier leads UConn, both on the stat sheet and in the huddle. The senior has been in the conversation for National Player of the Year, but he struggled mightily in the loss to Stanford on Wednesday (though to be fair, pretty much the entire UConn roster struggled). For Washington, C.J. Wilcox ranks 26th in the nation in scoring with 20.9 points per game.

Southern vs. No. 12 Baylor (5 p.m.)

Baylor has been shaky at times this year, but the Bears should have no problem coasting to a third straight win on Sunday. Two weeks ago, Baylor beat Kentucky by five in Dallas, then needed overtime to get past Northwestern State on Wednesday. Cory Jefferson had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Kenny Chery had 20 points and 10 assists. Southern (3-8) is fresh off a 26-point loss to No. 1 Arizona. The Jaguars have played a tough schedule so far, also visiting Marquette and Florida.

No. 17 Iowa State vs. George Mason (Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, Hi., 5:30 p.m., ESPNU)

It might not be Maui, but the Diamond Head Classic should bring plenty of action to Hawaii on Christmas week. The Cyclones face a George Mason team that's lost four out of five games and has yet to find a rhythm offensively. The Patriots rank 301st in the nation in points per game and have not scored 70 points in a game in almost a month. Iowa State, meanwhile, is the highest scoring team in the country, led by Melvin Ejim's 18.7 points per game. The winner of this one gets either Oregon State or Akron in the semifinals on Monday.

North Carolina Central vs. No. 11 Wichita State (8 p.m.)

The Shockers again put their unbeaten season on the line Sunday, but this time the opponent isn't quite as tough. Wichita State's last two wins have come over SEC competition (Tennessee and Alabama), and the Shockers have also defeated BYU and Saint Louis. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker pace the Shockers, whose remaining schedule is much lighter than what they set up in the non-conference. North Carolina Central is 7-2 with a win over NC State, so it might not be the best idea for Wichita State to overlook its opponent.

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