College basketball schedule: No. 18 UCLA faces Missouri in a battle of unbeaten teams

Stephen Dunn

No. 6 Kansas will square off with Colorado with a new point guard and UMass will look to stay unbeaten against BYU.

It's Championship Week in college football, which means it's the first big Saturday in the college basketball calendar. Sixteen Top 25 teams will be in action today, all chasing Michigan State's No. 1 spot in the AP Poll. The Spartans were handled by North Carolina this week, and there are a handful of teams that could slide into that top spot.

No ranked teams will play each other, but undefeated Missouri hosts UCLA in the toughest challenge the Bruins have faced this season. Also, Kansas is starting a freshman at point guard against Colorado and everybody's favorite underdog UMass is playing BYU.

Here's the full schedule for Saturday's games:

No. 18 UCLA vs. Missouri (CBS, 12:30 p.m. ET): Saturday's only battle of unbeaten teams, UCLA will have to win at Mizzou Arena to stay perfect. Through non-conference play, the Bruins have been superb, ranked second in the country in field goal percentage. Missouri has come out of the gate with great shooting as well, posting the 18th-best mark in the country. Both teams have leading scorers posting more than 20 points per game, with Jordan Adams averaging 21.5 for UCLA and Jordan Clarkson with 20.1 for the Tigers. This game is a rematch of an overtime win by UCLA last Dec. 28.

No. 6 Kansas vs. Colorado (ESPN2, 3:15 p.m. ET): Bill Self has made a switch at point guard, choosing freshman Frank Mason over junior Naadir Tharpe. Mason's ability to drive should kick-start a Jayhawk offense that hasn't had a scoring point guard since Tyshawn Taylor left for the NBA. Colorado, meanwhile, has posted an 8-1 record this season and is looking for a signature non-conference win. Their lone loss came to the first ranked opponent the Buffaloes played this season, Baylor.

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU (CBSSN, 1:30 p.m. ET): UMass is collecting big wins in their non-conference schedule, having knocked off LSU, New Mexico, Nebraska and Clemson on its way to 7-0. Next up is BYU, whose two losses this season -- Iowa State and Wichita St. -- are to ranked opponents. The Minutemen can dominate with size, with leading scorer Cody Lalanne staring at 6'10. The junior is averaging a double-double with 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game on the season. The Cougars counter with size of their own, as they have three frountcourt players 6'10 or taller that play regular minutes.

No. 22 Michigan vs. Houston Baptist (BTN, Noon ET): With three early losses, the Wolverines are in danger of dropping out of the rankings. They should be able to get it done against…well, whoever Houston Baptist is.

No. 7 Louisvilee vs. LA-Lafayette (ESPN3, 1 p.m. ET): Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell will look to add to Louisville's win total against Lafayette, who lost to Baylor in their only foray against a ranked opponent this season.

No. 16 Memphis vs. Northwestern St. (ESPN, 1 p.m. ET): Memphis looks to keep rolling following their upset of Oklahoma State last week. Their win improved their record to 1-1 on the season against the Cowboys, having lost to them in Stillwater earlier in the season. Perhaps fate will bring the two teams together again in the NCAA Tournament?

No. 8 Wisconsin vs. Marquette (BTN, 2:15 p.m.): One of the most impressive teams in the early going, Wisconsin looks to stay undefeated against Marquette. The Golden Eagles are reeling from a loss to San Diego State, but could earn some respect by beating a top 10 team. With the way both of these teams play offense, don't expect either team to break 60.

No. 5 Ohio State vs. Central Connecticut St. (BTN, 4:30 p.m. ET): Ohio State has survived a few early scares to maintain their perfect 7-0 record. They shouldn't expect much resistance from a Central Connecticut school that has lost to Rider and Brown.

No. 2 Arizona vs. UNLV (ESPN2, 5:15 p.m. ET): With Michigan State's loss to UNC, the door is open for Arizona to be the top-ranked team in the country. They will have to dispatch a UNLV team that has lost both of its games against BCS-conference schools.

No. 14 Villanova vs. St. Joseph's (CBSSN, 6 p.m. ET): Villanova is on a hot streak, winning the Battle 4 Atlantis with wins over Kansas and Iowa. St. Joe's is coming off a loss against Temple and will look to spoil Villanova's undefeated season.

No. 17 Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa (6 p.m. ET): Another undefeated looking to stay perfect, Iowa State takes on Northern Iowa in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic. Which is a tournament. In Des Moines. Cool.

No 4 Syracuse vs. Binghamton (ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET): Syracuse is coming off four straight wins over BCS-conference opponents and has compiled an 8-0 record this season. Binghamton has a road win against Cornell but little else to its name in the non-conference season.

No. 11 Wichita St. vs. Oral Roberts (8 p.m ET): The Shockers of Wichita State have lived up last year's Final Four run. They could crack the top 10 in the AP Poll if they avoid a huge upset against Oral Roberts.

No. 25 Dayton vs. Illinois State (ESPN3, 8:05 p.m. ET): Dayton entered the world of the ranked with a win over Gonzaga and a near-upset of Baylor in the Maui Invitational. Illinois State has won three in a row and would love to be a turd in Dayton's punch bowl.

No. 23 Iowa vs. Drake (BTN2, 8:30 p.m. ET): In the other half of the Hy-Vee classic, Iowa looks to build on Tuesday's win against Notre Dame.

No. 19 Gonzaga vs. New Mexico St. (ESPNU, 11 p.m. ET): Having played a fairly weak schedule, Gonzaga will need to keep winning to stay in the national title conversation. After New Mexico St., the Zags will have games against West Virginia and Kansas.

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