Planning Out Your Sports-Filled Saturday

Curt HoggCorrespondent IIFebruary 6, 2009

Saturday, the first day of the weekend.  Also defined as the seventh day of the week (sixth in America) by Webter's University Dictionary. But for sports fans, Saturday is defined as a day of relaxing on the couch, watching sports.

Sometimes on Saturdays, it's tough to decide what to watch. With so many options, what should you watch?

Well, luckily for you, your Saturday has already been planned out for you.

To begin your day, begin with a good Saturday morning breakfast. You'll need this energy for the rest of the day.

Mainly applying to the residents in the east, central, and mountain time zones, College Gameday begins at 11 am EST. ESPN analysts Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, and Bob Knight are hosting the show from McCarthy Center in Spokane, Washington for the Gonzaga vs. Memphis game later that night.

They also will predict and analyze the day's biggest games and much more. If you don't get up early enough to catch this (which is perfectly fine because, after all, it is Saturday), you can watch the day's second College Gameday at 7 pm EST with the same crew at the same location.

At noon EST, on ESPN, following College Gameday, don't change the channel to watch cartoons. No. 20 Syracuse travels to the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia to face 16th ranked Villanova. Syracuse has lost three of its last four and hopes to get a big win on the road.

Look forward to a match up of a couple of great guards featuring Nova's Scottie Reynolds and 'Cuse's Jonny Flynn and Eric Devendorf. Both of these teams can put up big offensive numbers, but it could be a low-scoring affair, as well.

Midway through that game, around halftime, flip the channel to CBS at 1 pm EST for a match up of two teams each seeking a big win. Notre Dame, who is in the seventh out of eight consecutive games against ranked opponents, is desperately looking for a big win. This game at Pauley Pavilion against UCLA could be the perfect time. They have lost their previous six games, despite good play from All-American forward Luke Harangody.

The UCLA Bruins, at 18-4, don't want to allow Notre Dame to snap their losing streak, especially on Wooden Court in Los Angeles. A key to this game will be how effectively the Bruins are able to stop Irish guard Kyle McAlarney. We can assume that Harangody will put up big numbers, but he has been doing that during the losing streak, so they clearly need someone to step their play up in order to win this game.

At 3 pm EST, all must-watch games will probably be finished. Unless your team is playing in a non must-watch game, there are a few options; remain being lazy and watch Survivorman on Discovery Channel, do some housework for a while, or take advantage of the semi-nice weather and play some catch to warm your arm up for baseball season.

After done with whatever you do for that time, turn the TV back on at 6 pm EST and flip to the least hyped-up big game of the day. The Davidson Wildcats will play host to the Cougars of Charleston in a Southern Conference meeting.

We all have heard of Davison guard Stephen Curry, but Cougar sharpshooter Andrew Goudelock can light up the scoreboard. He shoots 46 percent on triples for the 16-6 Cougars, who are a threat to win the Southern Conference.

Now I could not write this and not mention Stephen Curry, who averages a nation-leading 28.9 points per game. He is the sole reason for the Wildcats success, as they would be nowhere near where they are now without him. He single-handedly changes the outcome of the game with his uncanny quick release and pure stroke.

This game could show a glimpse into the future for the Southern Conference to see if any team can knock off Davidson.

Once again, there is a choice of things to do until 9 pm EST for the tip off of Memphis at Gonzaga. If you missed College Gameday earlier this morning, I recommend you tune into the night edition of this show at 8 pm EST.

The marquee game of the day on ESPN features the previously mentioned teams, the Memphis Tigers and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

The Tigers feature star freshman Tyreke Evans and forward Robert Dozier. Despite losing players such as Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Joey Dorsey, Memphis is (once again) undefeated in Conference USA.

Gonzaga is looking for another marquee win, adding to their wins at Tennessee and against St. Mary's. Zaga puts out a group of six players whose scoring totals are all near each other's. This gets rid of complete one player dependence, like a team such as Davidson has.

I hope you are ready for a big day of college hoops. Enjoy!