We got a taste of the ACC game last week, but only three in-conference games are scheduled for this week. There were no league games on Monday, and there are also none on Thursday and Friday. Let’s take a look at this week’s best games, as well as the full schedule.
Oakland at Syracuse (-15.5) 6 p.m. ET
NewHampshire at Boston College (-14.5) 7pm ET
Coppin State at NC state (-20.5) 7pm ET
Georgia at georgia tech (-4.6 7pm ET
James Madison at #3 Va (-11.5) 8pm ET
iowa vs No. 15 Duke (-2.5) 9:30pm ET
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Cornel at Miami 7 p.m. ET
Boston U at Notre-Dame 7 p.m. ET
Dayton at Virginia Tech 8 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh at Vanderbilt 9 p.m. ET
Towson at Clemson 9 p.m. ET
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Louisville at State of Florida 1 p.m. ET
Georgetown at Syracuse 1 am ET
LSU vs guard forest 2 p.m. ET
NC State in Miami 2 p.m. ET
Georgia Tech in North Carolina 3:15 p.m. ET
Sacred Heart Pittsburgh 3:30 p.m. ET
Villanova at Boston College 5 p.m. ET
East Coast of Maryland at No. 15 Duke 5:30 p.m. ET
Loyola Chicago at Clemson 7:30 p.m. ET
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state of Oklahoma Virginia Tech 2 p.m. ET
Marquette at Notre-Dame 4 p.m. ET
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There are definitely some intriguing encounters on this week’s list. One that pops out is Iowa vs Duke in Tuesday night’s Jimmy V Classic. Iowa (6-1) is arguably a top-five team in the Big Ten, so the Blue Devils have a chance to add to their resume there.
Another game Tuesday brings us a rematch from 2021 — James Madison upset Virginia 52-49 at home last year and the Cavs are only favored 11.5 in this game. The Dukes (7-2) will be fearless after beating essentially the same roster last year.
The Dayton Flyers (5-4) entered this season as an expected tournament team, although they struggled a bit in November. They’re still a young and athletic basketball team that lost only one loss to Wisconsin on a neutral court and could cause some trouble for a hot Virginia Tech group.
Towson (8-1) is another mid-major that’s under the radar and they could definitely make some noise when they take on Clemson on Wednesday night. This veteran group made it to the NIT last season (losing to Wake Forest) and will duel with Charleston this year to represent the Colonial Athletic in the Big Dance
First-year head coach Matt McMahon is letting his boys play really well at LSU (7-1), and they’ll be looking to beat the Demon Deacons for the second straight season. LSU’s roster is radically different from last year, and McMahon brought several key pieces from his 31-3 Murray State team, which won a game in the NCAA tournament in March. Wake has a full week of prep before trying to recover from a very sloppy second-half performance in the loss to Clemson.
NC State is trying to avoid falling to 0-2 in the ACC when they visit Miami on Saturday. These guard-focused squads should make for an exciting gameplay. I wouldn’t be surprised if Terquavion Smith and the Wolfpack made their way to an upset victory on the road.
There are two more heavyweight matchups on Sunday. Oklahoma State (5-3) takes on Virginia Tech in another hard-fought physical contest. The Cowboys are 34th in KenPom and they have the athleticism and depth to give the Hokies problems. Finally, a squad of Marquette (6-3), who beat No. 12 Baylor by 26 and No. 19 UCLA by five, travel to South Bend to take on a Notre Dame side in need of a marquee win. The Fighting Irish are playing one of the weakest non-conference dates in the nation and this clash gives them a chance to bolster their CV. They secured a 70-52 win over Michigan State on Nov. 30, but that win would be even bigger considering how well Marquette has been playing lately.
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