Who’s hungry for college basketball?
Here’s today’s installment of “The Breakfast Buffet”, a daily column that can be found here every single morning getting you caught up to date on everything that’s happened from the day/night before and everything that’s going to happen in the next 24 hours.
Things To Sample
UConn returns against Seton Hall
The Huskies can compete for a Big East regular season title when they’re at full strength, but they likely won’t be at full strength today as they play their first game since Dec. 21st due to a COVID pause. Seton Hall (10-3) meanwhile, is on the verge of finally becoming whole after playing without the majority of its frontcourt last week against Providence and Villanova. What does it all mean? Expect Dan Hurley to be in a lousy mood when he returns to New Jersey to face his alma mater. Regardless of personnel, neither team is going to give its an opponent an inch today in Newark. These two teams — Seton Hall and UConn (10-3) — can each earn high seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
A heavyweight showdown in the Mountain West
Colorado State (11-0) may very well be the best non power conference team in college basketball this season aside from Gonzaga. Its toughest game of the year will be today against San Diego State at Viejas Arena. The Rams have already beaten Creighton, Saint Mary’s, and Mississippi State thanks to a veteran nucleus that features five returning starters —- Isaiah Stevens, Kendle Moore, David Roddy, Adam Thistlewood, and Dischon Thomas — from last year’s team that won 20 games and reached the Postseason NIT. San Diego State (9-3) meanwhile, is vintage San Diego State. The Aztecs have held eight of their first 12 opponents to 60 points or less. Tip off for this game is 4 PM ET on CBS.
Miami visits Duke
Are the Hurricanes truly a threat to finish at the top of the ACC and push for a bid to the NCAA Tournament? We’ll have a better idea after they visit Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight. Miami (12-3) — who enters tonight’s tilt on an eight-game winning streak — is averaging 90.3 points in its last three games and scored 58 points in the second half on Wednesday night against Syracuse. The other side of the floor though, could be an issue against Duke (12-1). The Hurricanes’ lack of physicality and rim protection is a major concern inside against the Blue Devils’ frontline of Mark Williams, Theo John, and of course, Paolo Banchero. If Miami is competitive for 40 minutes against Duke in Durham, we’ll know that it’s for real.
On The Side
- One thing not getting enough attention regarding Baylor (14-0)? The Bears’ two freshmen — Kendall Brown and Jeremy Sochan — are as sound defensively as any two freshmen that we’ve seen in college basketball in a long, long time. You don’t usually say that about first-year players, regardless of their potential at the next level. Baylor resumes action today at TCU.
- USC (13-0) doesn’t have an opponent on its schedule that is currently ranked in the AP Top 25 until it visits Arizona on Feb. 5th. The Trojans could be undefeated for a while.
- Wisconsin (12-2) only has a combined 15 turnovers in its last two games. The Badgers are first nationally in turnovers among power conference teams and second nationally overall.
- Indiana’s Mike Woodson needs to find more minutes for Trey Galloway. The 6-4 wing has struggled to stay healthy, but boasts an incredible IQ and is a tremendous “blend guy”. Galloway came off the bench and finished with eight points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 19 minutes in Thursday’s win over Ohio State.
- Colorado (10-3) feels like it’s starting to separate itself as the fourth-best team in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes don’t have any marquee wins yet, but still have four games remaining against Arizona, USC, and UCLA. Three of those games are in Boulder. This team will have opportunities to play its way into the bubble conversation.
- UConn at Seton Hall
- Kansas at Texas Tech
- Colorado State at San Diego State
- Tennessee at LSU
- Miami at Duke
- Episode 397 — Georgetown’s Ed Cooley
- Weekend Brunch: Why Zach Edey’s return means that Purdue’s expectations are again “Final Four or bust”
- Creighton/UNLV, New Mexico/Santa Clara to headline Jack Jones Classic
- USC to play Kansas State, Oregon to face Georgia on opening night in Las Vegas
- Saint Mary’s no longer slated for Diamond Head Classic, will instead play in Continental Tire Main event with Xavier, SDSU, and Washington