5 NCAA basketball teams on alert this week
Baylor, the newly minted No. 1, and two Big East schools are among this week’s potential college basketball picks.
The holiday season is approaching and it’s only natural for your attention to be on family gatherings or the ugly sweater to wear to the office Christmas party. That mindset is something that can be dangerous in college basketball, where a single mistake can cost a team dearly in March.
Three of the teams highlighted in last week’s upset alert fell victim to the feared upset, including Oklahoma’s 22-point beat against previously undefeated Arkansas. Who’s on high alert this week?
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No. 9 Villanova at Creighton – Friday
The Wildcats have already lost three times this season, but there’s no shame in falling to UCLA, Purdue and Baylor, who have spent a lot of time in the Top 5. Jay Wright’s team begins its Big East Friday night with a dangerous trip to Creighton, which upset BYU last weekend at home. Any sort of hangover from Sunday’s Baylor loss could prove deadly for Villanova.
No. 3 Purdue vs. Butler – Saturday
Turns out the top of the poll put pressure Purdue wasn’t ready to handle as the Boilermakers lost at the buzzer to Rutgers before struggling mightily with an average NC State team in Brooklyn before win in overtime. Purdue will need to get its mojo back quickly for this neutral-site tilt against state rival Butler, who is already off to a 7-3 start with a road win at Oklahoma on its resume.
No. 5 Gonzaga vs. No. 25 Texas Tech – Saturday
The Bulldogs appear to be back after a dominating win over Merrimack last week, but are considering a lengthy layoff after their scheduled game against Washington on Sunday was postponed due to COVID concerns within the Huskies’ schedule.
This layoff could lead to additional rust, which could prove problematic in a neutral site tilt with Texas Tech in Phoenix. The Red Raiders entered the Top 25 after beating Tennessee at Madison Square Garden last week and their tough defense could prove frustrating for a top-flight Gonzaga team.
No. 16 Seton Hall vs. Iona – Saturday
This game will also be played on neutral ground as the Pirates travel to Madison Square Garden after a great two-game winning week that included an upset win over Texas as well as a satisfying 14-point victory over rival Rutgers.
Kevin Willard is set to face former boss Rick Pitino’s Iona Gaels here and the game is a potential trap game for Seton Hall with Big East play set to start on Monday against St. John’s. Iona has already scored a major upset this year, handing Alabama their first loss of the year in Orlando, and will be up for this game as a win over the Pirates could really boost their chances of a berth. at the NCAA Tournament. if things go wrong at the MAAC tournament.
Baylor No. 1 at Oregon – Saturday
The Bears have looked really dominant on their way to the top of the polls, but they haven’t played a real game on the road yet. That will change on Saturday as Baylor travels to Eugene to face a losing but dangerous Oregon team. The Ducks started the year ranked in the Top 25 and crumbled on a 3-5 streak in their last eight games, but Oregon is still very talented and eager to get back on the map with a upheaval of the best national team. .
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