Thursday isn't the best of days in college basketball, or at least not the most top-heavy. The No. 24 San Diego State Aztecs are the only ranked team in action, heading across town to take on the San Diego Toreros.
The Aztecs are coming off consecutive big wins: an 86-80 win over the Creighton Bluejays on Friday, and a 67-59 win over the Marquette Golden Eagles in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy, launching Steve Fisher's club into the top 25. San Diego State's only loss is to the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats, a 69-60 home loss in the second game of the season.
The Toreros are 7-2, but all of their wins came over teams outside the top 200 of KenPom.com's ratings. Their last time out, the Toreros had an encouraging 73-66 loss to the New Mexico Lobos, which KenPom.com rates as the No. 44 team in the country.
The game tips off at 11 p.m. ET and is not nationally televised.
If you want to watch college hoops Thursday, ESPN2 has a doubleheader featuring two undefeated SEC teams:
West Virginia Mountaineers at Missouri Tigers, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN: Missouri is undefeated through its first seven games, but Frank Haith's Tigers have done so on a soft schedule with a much different team than the one that was upset in the round of 64 by Colorado State in last year's NCAA tournament. Looking at KenPom.com's team ratings, Missouri's best opponent so far has been No. 121 Northwestern; Bob Huggins' Mountaineers are ranked No. 56 entering play Thursday. Thursday's is the first of four games for Missouri against top-100 teams over the next several weeks; after playing West Virginia, Missouri takes the court at home Saturday against the UCLA Bruins.
Ole Miss Rebels at Kansas State Wildcats, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN: Ole Miss is 6-0, and it hasn't been because of Marshall Henderson. Henderson has been fine; he's played in five games, but his 15.2 points per game are third-best on the team. Coach Andy Kennedy has Henderson coming off the bench, and Kennedy can do that because this year's team is deeper and more talented than the team that won the SEC tournament and made the round of 32 in last year's NCAA tournament. Kansas State has struggled so far this season, losing its home opener Nov. 8 to Northern Colorado, 60-58, and flattening out a bit since then. KenPom.com ranks the Wildcats' defense No. 33 in the country with a 95.4 adjusted defensive efficiency rating.