College basketball schedule: Michigan State-Indiana highlights Saturday slate


The Spartans look to defend their home court against the Hoosiers; Duke hits the road to take on the Fighting Irish.

Tom Izzo and his Spartans are continuing their week at home following their victory over Penn State, and are playing in the top game of a busy Saturday of college hoops. Conference play is really rolling now, and most of the Top 25 are in action.

Here is the entire schedule for the Top 25, all times are Eastern:

Indiana vs. No. 5 Michigan State (2 p.m. CBS)

In the second game of Big Ten play for both teams, two of the top rebounding teams in the nation will do battle in the home of the Spartans, with the Hoosiers ranked second in the country in rebounds per game and the Spartans, always strong in this category under Izzo, at 15th nationally.

For the Hoosiers, Yogi Ferrell has taken the big step forward that would be needed for the team to be competitive this season after losing Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo to the NBA Draft. Ferrell is averaging 17.7 points per game and is coming off of a 30-point effort in their loss against Illinois on New Year's Eve.

Michigan State uses a balanced offensive attack, with four players averaging over ten points per game, most of all Gary Harris, with over 17 points per game. Both he and Adreian Payne are projected to be first-round picks in the NBA Draft. Payne is the second-leading scorer for the Spartans, and is also the second-leading rebounder behind Branden Dawson.

No. 1 Arizona vs. Washington (2 p.m., Pac-12 Network)

Arizona has been ranked as the top team in the nation for four consecutive weeks, and would make it five with a victory over Washington. Both teams won their Thursday games handily, with Washington going into Tempe, Arizona to take care of the Sun Devils and Arizona dominating Washington State defensively, allowing only 25 points.

A storyline to follow would be Arizona forward Aaron Gordon. The highly-recruited freshman was considered a longtime Washington lean until the final weeks of his recruitment, where he switched to Arizona despite a strong relationship with Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar.

No. 2 Syracuse vs. Miama (FL) (12 p.m., Big Ten Network)

Syracuse has been second in the nation as long as Arizona has been first in the rankings thanks to forward C.J. Fair continuing on the big jump he made in his junior season last year, now averaging seventeen per game. Miami will look to spoil the ACC opener for the Orange behind Rion Brown, leading the U in scoring, assists and second in rebounding.

No. 18 Memphis vs. Cincinnati (12 p.m. ESPN2)

A pair of streaking American Athletic Conference teams meet up at FedEx Forum in Tennessee. Memphis has won three straight games and nine of their last 10, while the Bearcats have won five straight games.

Texas Tech vs. No. 13 Iowa St. (1:30 p.m., ESPN3)

Iowa State is one of the teams battling for the top of the Big 12 conference, and currently the Cyclones remain undefeated. Their breakneck pace has put them at third in the country in points per game, and their small-ball game has led them to lead the nation in assists per game. Texas Tech puts a lot on the shoulders of bigs Jaye Crockett and Jordan Tolbert, both being the top two Red Raiders statistically at scoring and rebounding.

Southern Methodist vs. No. 17 Connecticut (2 p.m. ESPNU)

After dropping their American Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday in Houston, the UConn Huskies look for some Texas-sized hospitality from SMU, 6-0 at home.

No.12 Florida vs. Richmond (3 p.m., ESPN3)

Despite being suspended to begin the season and suffering a high ankle sprain early in the season, Scottie Wilbekin has been a key cog for Florida, leading the team in assists, steals and being second in scoring. Richmond has a point guard vital to its success as well, with senior Cedrick Lindsay leading them in scoring, assists and steals.

Kansas St. vs. No. 6 Oklahoma St. (4 p.m., ESPNU)

Boasting arguably the best player in the nation in Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State is looking to be at the top of the Big 12 Conference alongside Baylor, Kansas and undefeated Iowa State. The point guard is leading his team in scoring and assists, and has opening the conference season with a win on his mind right now.

Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Duke (4 p.m., CBS)

Among one of the most heralded freshman classes of all time, Duke's Jabari Parker may be the best of them all. He currently averages over 20 points per game and 8 boards per contest. All this while shooting 53 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep. Notre Dame relies heavily on junior Jerian Grant, leading the team in scoring with 19 per game and 6.2 assists per game.

Rutgers vs. No. 14 Louisville (6 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

Rick Pitino's Cardinals have followed up their national championship season with a strong start. Their only two losses have come to North Carolina and Kentucky, both being Top 25 teams. Russ Smith has continued his transition to a true point guard, bumping up his assist numbers this season while slightly cutting down on his turnovers. Rutgers hasn't done so well, but is on a three-game winning streak after losing four straight preceding the streak.

No. 23 Massachusetts vs. Miami (Ohio) (7 p.m.)

UMass looks to run its home record to 5-0, and at 11-1 is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season. Senior guard Chaz Williams leads the Minutemen in points and assists this season.

No. 24 Gonzaga vs. Pacific (8 p.m. ROOT Sports)

Gonzaga has won its first three West Coast Conference games, and looks to go 10-0 at home while hosting Pacific, losers of three of its last four contests.

No. 25 Missouri vs. Long Beach State (7 p.m.)

Long Beach State plays its fourth ranked team of the season, but will have its hands full with Missouri, owners of a 25-game home winning streak. The Tigers have won 11 of their 12 games this season

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