College Hoops Thursday: Your Commentary
Thursday's schedule may be lacking in regards to "marquee" games but there are important conference games to check out. Louisiana Tech hosts Fresno State in a matchup of the WAC's only two undefeated and there will be plenty of offensive talent on display. Kyle Gibson currently leads the conference in scoring and teammate Magnum Rolle has played the way people expected the LSU transfer to play when his career began. But on the other end, Louisiana Tech will have to account for Paul George and Sylvester Seay, two wings with the ability to light up the scoreboard.
There are also important games in the West Coast and Big South conferences, with Gonzaga visiting Saint Mary's while defending Big South champ Radford takes on Coastal Carolina. The Bulldogs have already won at Portland so a win in Moraga would clearly hand them the driver's seat in the WCC. But Randy Bennett's squad will be up to the task thanks to the presence of Omar Samhan and others.
As for the Highlanders of Radford they'll lean on big man Artsiom Parakhouski in an important road game against the Chanticleers, who are 6-0 in conference play. Joseph Harris and Chad Gray make up one of the better frontcourt pairings many haven't heard about this season and they'll give Radford headaches if they aren't careful. A Radford win ties them in the loss column for first place while a win for Coastal Carolina provides the Chanticleers with much-desired separation.
7p ESPN2 Auburn at Tennessee
7p ESPN Seton Hall at Georgetown
7p ESPNU Arkansas at Mississippi State
7p CBS-College Lehigh at Navy
9p ESPN Indiana at Michigan
9p ESPN2 Providence at DePaul
9p ESPNU Tennessee Tech at Tennessee-Martin
9p ESPN+ Fresno State at Louisiana Tech
10:30p FSN Stanford at Washington
11p ESPN2 Gonzaga at St. Mary's (Calif.)
11p ESPNU Santa Clara at Pepperdine
7p Cleveland St at Butler
7p Radford at Coastal Carolina
7:30p Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky
7:30p High Point at Charleston Southern
8p Wright St at Green Bay
8:30p Arizona St at Oregon
10p California at Washington St
10:30p Portland at San Diego
Louisiana Tech over Fresno State: The pick here is Louisiana Tech in the battle of the Bulldogs because of the rebounding ability of Ola Ashaolu. With all the scoring talent you'll see on the floor it will be the one player known more for his defense and rebounding that makes the difference.