Villanova (1) at Xavier (5) – People really aren’t sure how good Villanova and Xavier are even though they are both top-ranked teams. The Big East is not what it used to be in basketball, so some people on the outside of the conference do not think as highly of it. The winner of this game can make a statement and show the national media if they are for real or not, because they are definitely the best teams in the conference. With a win, Xavier can pull within one game of first and Villanova can all but seal up the conference.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
Oklahoma (3) at Texas (25) – The first Red River rivalry game was a dandy, with Oklahoma prevailing at home. This one should show more of the same. Texas defeated K-State on Monday to head into this showdown with Oklahoma. The Sooners won at West Virginia Saturday and play in-state rival Oklahoma State during the week leading up to this matchup. With a victory, Texas can continue to build a resume and improve seeding for the NCAA tournament. Oklahoma with a win can continue to build toward the tournament as well and get back to winning ways after the losing slump they have recently endured.
The Red River Rivalry will tipoff at 1 p.m. Saturday on CBS.
Louisville (11) at Miami (FL) (12) – Louisville, while under a self-imposed postseason ban, still have their pride to play for. Miami has a chance to still win the ACC. Louisville can play spoiler and help out North Carolina, who is currently in first place in the conference. Miami is currently sitting in second, but looking to take the conference crown.
This ACC matchup will tipoff at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3.
North Carolina (7) at Virginia (3) – This week’s College GameDay will feature two top ACC teams. Virginia is coming off a defeat at the hands of Miami, which set them back in the ACC standings. With a victory they can get within a game, or possibly tie for first, depending on what happens in the games scheduled for the teams ahead of them in the standings. North Carolina could really use this road victory, as they still need to play at Duke before the year is over. This game can provide huge implications on how the ACC is going to end up.
Tipoff for the game of the week is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.