College Basketball preview: Week five
Due to the late start, we’ve already missed a lot of important games on the season thus far. Some of these games weren’t just about the team name, but also the players on them. How have some of these games gone? Well, let’s take a quick look at the Power Rankings posted yesterday and see what has gotten each team where they are as we look ahead to another week of college basketball showdowns.
This past weekend marks the start of some conference games for the first time this season. These games will play a huge importance in the long season of these Collegiate athletes who are trying to make it to the big dance. Before we get there, let’s take a look at some of the key games that could change where we see our favorite teams in the rankings next week.
Will we see another unranked team beat a ranked team and earn their way into the top 25? How about undefeated teams? Will they remain that way? Let’s see what games we have in store for us this week! I will give you a daily break down of games with high importance to them, which is why you may not see your favorite teams on here. Teams like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky do not have games of importance based on their opponents this week, but let’s see who does!
Monday, Dec. 3rd
Iowa (6-1) versus Michigan State (6-2):
This is the first conference meeting between the two teams, and we expect to see a great game between them. These two teams will likely be atop of the Big Ten conference all season.
Iowa has already lost their first conference game against Wisconsin, and Michigan State has to Kansas and Louisville, but will look to get a win over a top 25 player.
But wait, that’s not all we have in store for us this week. It’s Jimmy V week. That marks a doubleheader for the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, which will include four of the teams below.
Tuesday, Dec. 4th
Notre Dame (6-1) versus Oklahoma (6-1)
West Virginia (5-2) versus Florida (4-3)
Michigan (8-0) versus Northwestern (6-2)
Notre Dame and Oklahoma are facing each other for the first time ever in the Jimmy V Classic. That game will be followed by West Virginia and Florida.
We could expect to see some great games, as all these teams look to improve their record early in the season.
One of those teams looking to improve their record is the Michigan Wolverines (8-0), who already beat Villanova and North Carolina pretty easy this season. They are one of the top three teams in the nation right now and could continue to be a favorite all season long. They’re looking to avenge their loss in the National Championship game last season.
Wednesday, Dec. 5th
Villanova (6-2) versus Temple (7-1):
Gonzaga (8-0) versus Washington (5-2):
The next pair of games includes the National Champions, Villanova, and Final Four hopeful Gonzaga, as each team looks to continue their hot start and fight their way back to the Final Four.
Villanova has already had one hiccup game so far this season, but they can’t have another one this early in the year.
Gonzaga is the No. 1 team in the nation right now, but I wonder how long they’ll stay there. They do have one impressive win over Duke that has been edging out Michigan and Virginia for the top spot, but it’s still a long season and we don’t want any hiccups from Gonzaga.
Thursday, Dec. 6th
Maryland (7-1) versus Purdue (5-3):
Iowa (6-1) versus Iowa State (6-1):
These games are about proving their spot in the top 25. In my rankings, I have already removed Purdue from the top 25 because of their losses.
Teams like Iowa and Iowa State can help Purdue climb back into the top 25, especially Iowa. If Iowa losses to Michigan State on Monday and then losses to Iowa State again, they would have lost three in a row and will be knocked out of the top 25. That’s why this is an important game for Iowa.
Friday, Dec. 7th
Unfortunately, there are no games of importance taking place on Friday. Instead, we will turn our attention to Saturday, where we have a full evening of games that should be kept up with.
Arizona State (7-0) versus Nevada (8-0):
Michigan State (6-2) versus Florida (4-3):
Wisconsin (7-1) versus Marquette (6-2):
Creighton (6-2) versus Nebraska (7-1):
Florida State (7-1) versus Connecticut (6-2):
Notre Dame (6-1) versus UCLA (5-2):
The biggest game of the week in my opinion is Arizona State versus Nevada. Both teams are undefeated and in the top 25. Nevada is a top five to ten team, depending on where you want to put them in the rankings.
Arizona State has earned their way in by winning the important games. The biggest question is whether or not Nevada is the real deal? I have moved them to sixth in my rankings based on the schedule, but if they win against Arizona State, I will definitely put them back into the top five. If Arizona State wins, they will be top 15.
Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska are all looking to dominate non conference opponents and improve their record before they all have to go head-to-head with one other. The real question about the Big Ten, is who’s going to stop Michigan this year?
Like the Big Ten, the ACC has two teams in Florida State and Notre Dame who would also like to take advantage of non conference opponents before they have to go up against some of the power houses of the conference like Duke, Virginia and North Carolina.
Sunday, Dec. 9th
VCU (6-2) versus Virginia (7-0):
Gonzaga (8-0) versus Tennessee (6-1):
We will be wrapping up the week with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams trying to remain at the top of the rankings, but their games aren’t going to be easy.
Virginia may be the best team in the ACC right now, but they could find themselves on the losing side against a very competitive VCU team, who has shocked us all in the past.
Gonzaga has been able to get past every opponent they’ve faced so far, but they’ll be going against a tough 6-1 Tennessee team on Sunday. Tennessee won’t be an easy victory for Gonzaga, as the Volunteers are ranked sixth in the country right now. It’ll be interesting to see how they play against another top team.
So let’s see how these games of importance play out this week. Will we have a new No. 1, or will it be the same familiar face? Feel free to comment on which games you think are important and who might be on upset alert this week!