College Hoops Tuesday: Your Commentary

    
November 15th, 2011
While there's the opportunity to watch history at Madison Square Garden as Mike Krzyzewski could win his 903rd game as a head coach, there's also a matchup of Top 10 teams that should have the attention of many. Florida visits Ohio State in a matchup of teams who met in the 24 Hour Tip-Off Marathon last season, with Buckeye big man Jared Sullinger proving to be a man among boys in the paint. The rematch will be played in Columbus, with the Gators looking to return the favor. Sullinger's in better shape than last season, which will allow him to do more all over the court. Will Patric Young and the Gators be ready? That's one of the key issues that Billy Donovan and his staff will need to account for.

Sullinger scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Ohio State's 93-75 win, and the Buckeyes shot a staggering 64% from the field. Can Florida prevent that from happening defensively? While it will help matters that David Lighty and Jon Diebler have moved on, the Buckeyes have plenty of weapons outside of Sullinger. William Buford is on his way to becoming the school's all-time leading scorer, and point guard Aaron Craft is a very good floor general. Add in players such as Deshaun Thomas and Sam Thompson to this deep rotation and you've got a team that should definitely entertain national championship thoughts.

As for Florida, they've got an embarrassment of riches on the perimeter. Starters Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker return along with Scottie Wilbekin, and newcomers Bradley Beal and Mike Rosario (Rutgers transfer) make this arguably the deepest backcourt in the country. Boynton and Rosario scored 19 points apiece in the Gators' season-opening pasting of Jackson State, and Beal added 14, but the key players for Florida from a national standpoint will be Young and Erik Murphy. Will Yeguete grabbed seven rebounds off the bench in the opener but Florida's going to need more than just four rebounds from Murphy if they're to beat Ohio State.

The Champions Classic should be interesting as well, with Duke taking on Michigan State and Kansas battling Kentucky. The Blue Devils will look to give their coach the all-time wins record but that's going to be easier said than done against a Spartan team that grabbed 24 offensive rebounds against North Carolina on Friday in the Carrier Classic. The problem for Michigan State was their poor shooting against the Tar Heels, but the fact that the game was played outside may have had something to do with it. Draymond Green, Adriean Payne, Derrick Nix and Branden Dawson will be a challenge for the Plumlee brothers, just as Duke's deep backcourt could pose an issue for Keith Appling.

As for Kansas, the question is just how good they are right now. The Jayhawks don't have the same depth that Kentucky brings into the matchup, and that could definitely be an issue. Forward Thomas Robinson will need help from his teammates to keep the likes of Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist off the boards, and John Calipari's got more than enough weapons at his disposal on the offensive end of the floor. To say the least this will be a test for a team that some have picked to win the Big 12.

Other games of note include Belmont visiting Memphis in a game that featured a contradiction of styles, San Diego State hoping for a road win at Baylor despite heaving personnel losses and Rhode Island taking on a Texas squard that looked impressive in their win over Boston University. Rutgers takes on Miami in a game that both can definitely use at this stage in the tenure of both head coaches, with Mike Rice trying to build a winner at Rutgers and Jim Larranaga hoping to get Miami back to the Big Dance. There's a little something for everyone on the slate for Tuesday, so grab the snacks and energy drinks and get in front of the TV.

Top 25
9:00 PM (2) Kentucky vs. (11) Kansas* (ESPN)
8:00 PM (8) Florida at (3) Ohio State (ESPN2)
7:00 PM (6) Duke vs. Michigan State* (ESPN)
12:00 PM Belmont at (10) Memphis (ESPN)
2:00 PM San Diego State at (12) Baylor (ESPN)
7:00 PM IPFW at (14) Xavier
7:00 PM Jacksonville State at (20) Cincinnati
8:00 PM Bucknell at (20) Vanderbilt
10:00 PM Austin Peay at (22) California (ESPN2)

NCAA Division I Games
6:00 AM Drexel at Rider (ESPN)
8:00 AM Morehead State at Charleston (ESPN)
10:00 AM Kent State at West Virginia (ESPN)
4:00 PM Manhattan vs. Brown*
4:00 PM Rhode Island at Texas (ESPN)
6:00 PM FIU at Virginia Tech
7:00 PM Harvard at Holy Cross
7:00 PM Lehigh at Fairleigh Dickinson
7:00 PM Albany at (5) Syracuse (ESPN3)
7:00 PM Dayton at Miami (OH)
7:00 PM Lamar at Ohio
7:00 PM La Salle at Villanova (ESPN3)
7:00 PM Winthrop at Virginia
7:00 PM LSU at Coastal Carolina
7:00 PM Rio Grande at Cleveland State
7:00 PM IUPUI at Arkansas-Little Rock
7:00 PM Chattanooga at Butler
7:00 PM Charlotte at Central Michigan
7:00 PM Appalachian State at East Tennessee State
7:00 PM South Carolina at Elon
7:00 PM Canisius at Longwood
7:00 PM Rutgers at Miami (FL) (ESPN3)
7:00 PM Yale at Quinnipiac
7:00 PM Stony Brook at Sacred Heart
7:00 PM Robert Morris at Saint Peter's
7:00 PM Reinhardt at Tennessee Tech
7:00 PM Eastern Michigan at Texas Southern
7:00 PM Montreat College at Western Carolina
7:05 PM Notre Dame College at Youngstown State
7:30 PM Bluefield College at Charleston Southern
8:00 PM Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Oklahoma State (ESPN3)
8:00 PM Howard Payne at Texas State
8:00 PM Louisiana College at McNeese State
8:00 PM Arlington Baptist at Prairie View A&M
8:00 PM Spring Hill at Southeastern Louisiana
8:00 PM Nicholls State at Tulane
8:05 PM Saint Louis at Southern Illinois
8:05 PM Missouri State at Arkansas State
8:30 PM Pepperdine at Arizona State
8:30 PM Monmouth vs. George Mason*
9:00 PM Iowa State at Drake
9:00 PM Northern Colorado at Wyoming
9:05 PM South Dakota at Eastern Washington
9:05 PM Utah State at Weber State
10:00 PM UC Santa Cruz at UC Davis
10:00 PM Santa Clara at UC Santa Barbara
10:05 PM Seattle at Portland State
10:30 PM UT-San Antonio vs. Oral Roberts*
11:00 PM Middle Tennessee at UCLA