CBB Weekend Preview: Exams Are Over, Time To Play Some Real Games Again

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IDecember 11, 2008

Most schools are finishing up their finals week which means a week that lacked quality basketball is finally over. In a week where college students had to learn as much as possible to pass their finals, college basketball fans learned almost nothing about the rest of the season this week.

But that's over. No more philosophy finals. No more papers on war journalism. For the next month, it's college basketball all the time.


Friday's Best

Iowa vs. Iowa State 8:05PM

The battle for the Hawkeye state will pin two teams with just two losses early on. Both squads have been a little better than expected. Both teams don't have high expectations, so winning this rivalry game would be one of the highlights of the season for both teams.


Sensational Saturday

Long Beach State vs. (B/R 9) Syracuse 12:00PM

This game should be a blow out, but it could prove to be an indicator on how the 'Cuse will play with the Eric Devendorf related distractions. SU hopes the AD (After Devendorf) era doesn't begin until after next season, not this year. 


Butler vs. (14) Ohio State 12:00PM

A matchup of undefeated teams will produce one contender and one pretender. Bets are on the Buckeyes winning this game pretty convincingly. First year coach Brad Stevens has the Bulldogs off to a great start, but OSU is simply more talented and has the home court advantage.


(11) Tennessee vs. Temple 1:00PM

The Volunteers hit the road to take the Owls and could face a potential upset. Temple hasn't lived up to expectations, but wing Dionte Christmas might be the best wing in the country not named James Harden or Tennessee's Tyler Smith.


Austin Peay vs. (13) Louisville 1:00PM

Last time the Cardinals took on a mid-major conference favorite, UL went home with a loss. This Saturday, Rick Pitino's squad takes on the Ohio Valley Conference's top team.


(18) Memphis vs. (21) Georgetown 2:00PM

The Hoyas look to enact revenge on the Tigers after suffering a second half thumping in last year's matchup. GTOWN needs this game to have a marquee win on its resume before March to help with seeding. This game will be the first of two straight Saturdays where Memphis takes on a Big East foe (Syracuse next Saturday). 


Utah vs. (4) Oklahoma 4:00PM

Blake Griffin will finally face a formidable center. Luke Nevill stands 7'0'' and should be Australia's latest pro prospect. Griffin can show NBA scouts that he can dominate seven footers despite being 6'10'' with a solid performance.

Utah started picking up some solid wins after losing to Divison II foe Southwest Baptist to open the season, but have lost two straight.


(8) Xavier vs. Cincinnati 8:00PM

Bragging rights for the Queen City are on the line. This game doesn't mean too much in the standings, but means a lot in terms of recruiting. The Bearcats are up and coming and will not be a pushover for the undefeated Musketeers.


Texas A&M vs. Alabama 8:00PM

With how bad the SEC has been this year, the Crimson Tide can get the conference some credibility back with a win over a Big 12 team. It won't be easy for Alonzo Gee, Ronald Steele, and the rest of the Tide because A&M is looking like an NCAA Tournament team with each passing game.


Sunday Spotlight

(5) Gonzaga vs. Arizona 6:00PM

The Zags face another major conference opponent in their daunting non-conference schedule. 'Zona is coming off a solid win over San Diego State and looks like the Lute Olsen instability might not be as much of a factor as everyone thought. Arizona's two losses are by a total of two points.