College Basketball: Five Games in Five Days

T.R. PetersonCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2009

Wow, what a great start to the New Year in college basketball. This week should be just as good. Here are five games in the next five days that shouldn’t be missed.



Georgetown at Notre Dame 7:00 p.m. ESPN

One of these two Big East favorites is going to open conference play with a 1-2 record. Georgetown must get on the glass after getting outrebounded 43-17 against Pitt. Notre Dame must shoot better from the perimeter after hitting just 24 percent from the three-point line in their loss to St. John’s.

For the diehard: Western Kentucky at Mississippi State



Ohio State at Michigan State 7:00 p.m. ESPN2

With Kalin Lucas and Raymar Morgan leading the way, Michigan State looks like they could run away in the Big Ten. Ohio State needs Evan Turner and Jon Diebler to continue to play well. The Buckeyes can’t afford to fall two games behind the Spartans.

For the diehard: LSU at Utah



Gonzaga at Tennessee 9:00 p.m. ESPN2

These two teams meet for the second time after the Zags prevailed 83-74 in late November. Gonzaga has lost three straight games and wants to right the ship before entering WCC play. Tennessee is stinging after being upset by Kansas.

For the diehard: Providence at Cincinnati



Minnesota at Iowa 7:05 p.m. ESPN2

Tubby Smith and Minnesota got a big win at home against Ohio St. and now must go on the road in the Big Ten. Todd Lickliter and the Hawkeyes know how important it is to win at home.

For the diehard: Stanford at Washington



Rider at Siena 7:00 p.m. ESPNU

Big early season matchup as both Rider and Siena sit atop the MAAC. How will the trip to Kansas on Tuesday affect the Saints?

For the diehard: Wisconsin-Green Bay at Wisconsin-Milwaukee