College Hoops Tuesday: Your Commentary

    
January 11th, 2010

While the overall schedule on Tuesday is a bit lean there are some important games to keep an eye on. Texas A&M hits the road to take on Kansas State, who should still be upset about their game at Missouri ended on Saturday. In Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen K-State has one of the best backcourt tandems you'll see. As for the Aggies they tend to play a bit more deliberate offensively with Donald Sloan leading the way. But what could work against A&M is the Big 12's dominance in home games. Member schools are a staggering 112-1 at home to this point in the season.  

Florida can also use a big win and they'll have the opportunity to pick one up with #2 Kentucky visiting the O"Connell Center. The Wildcats have played in hostile environments thus far but the "Rowdy Reptiles" can get the place rocking if the Gators are playing well. In order for the Gators to have a chance at pulling the upset guards Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton will have to hold their own with the likes of John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. The key for Kentucky: the play of DeMarcus Cousins. It's been said many times about the freshman: if he's mentally ready to go he's among the most talented players in the country. 

There is also Ohio State visiting Purdue with the Boilermakers looking to recover from their first lost off the year. The return of chief playmaker Evan Turner has had a positive impact on the Buckeyes but they're going to face one of the nation's best defensive teams, which will make it tougher for Ohio State to get into their sets. If the Buckeyes want to remain a player in the Big Ten race they're going to need to pick up a big win on the road at some point. Might as well get that done early on.  

TV GAMES

7p ESPN Ohio State at Purdue
7p ESPN2 Texas A&M at Kansas State
7p ESPNU Virginia Commonwealth at Hofstra
7:30p MTN Wyoming at TCU
8p Raycom Maryland at Wake Forest
9p ESPN Kentucky at Florida
9p ESPNU Bradley at Northern Iowa
9p BTN Penn St at Illinois 

ONE PREDICTION

Kentucky over Florida: While it will be a tough environment for the young Wildcats they simply have too much talent to be denied in this one. If South Alabama can win in Gainesville why not Kentucky? Cats pick up their second SEC victory.