It’s time for a new feature here on STS, and it’s one that doesn’t focus on the NBA, but rather the future of the NBA. If you’re a basketball fan, chances are you watch college and pro, since that’s where all the pro players start out (or at least they do now thanks to the one-year rule). So in what will become a weekly feature here on Saving the Skyhook, we’re gonna take a look at the upcoming week’s college games, and let you know who you need to be watching.
Now, a few caveats here. Obviously there a whole lot more college games than pro games per night, so we’re not gonna give you some random game that can’t be seen anywhere. We are mainly gonna focus on games that you’ll be able to catch on TV, and games that should actually be fun to watch. Early in the season, there are going to be lots of blowouts, so the selection of these games is a little different.
So here’s a look at the games you should be watching this week in the NCAA:
November 22, 2010
Oklahoma vs. Kentucky – 5:30 PM ET, ESPN2
I mean, take your pick here. If John Calipari is coaching the team, chances are there are a few Top 10 picks on there. And that’s the case again this season, as there are two guys you need to watch for Wildcats. Point guard Brandon Knight and small forward Terrence Jones are can’t miss players. Oh, and had Enes Kanter not been ruled ineligible, he’s be in there too.
Lipscomb vs. Baylor – 8:00 PM ET
Pretty sure this one is on ESPN Gameplan if you have it, and if you do, watch Perry Jones for Baylor. Dude is a 6’11 beast, and depending on how Harrison Barnes evolves this season, he’s got a chance to be the top pick in the 2011 draft. This game won’t be close, but Jones will put on a show while he’s in.
Duke vs. Marquette – 7:30 PM ET, ESPN2
Another good early season matchup, with freshman sensation Kyrie Irving getting a chance to prove himself against some solid Big East competition. He’s extremely quick, so don’t blink or you may miss him. Of course, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith are also gonna be drafted as well, with Singler possibly being able to move into a lottery spot.
Kansas State vs. Gonzaga – 9:30 PM ET, ESPN2
There’s no lottery standouts here, but this is a Top 25 matchup that does feature future NBA players. Elias Harris for the Zags is a potential first round pick, and Jacob Pullen for Kansas State will likely be a second round guy that looks to find a niche with a certain team.
November 23, 2010
Morehead State vs. Ohio State – ESPN3, 7:00 PM ET
I’m telling you right now, this is gonna be one of the awesome big man matchups of the year, with Jared Sullinger (likely Top 5) going up against Kenneth Faried of Morehead State. Faried isn’t flashy, and will end up somewhere in the second round, but this guy is a man on the boards. This should really be fun to watch, though the Buckeyes will obviously win rather easily.
Potentially Duke vs. Kansas State – 10 PM ET on ESPN (Championship) or 7:45 ET on ESPU (Consolation)
A possible Final Four preview here, and plenty of NBA talent on the floor if these two meet up in Kansas City. Let’s just hope it’s in the championship and not in the consolation game.
Potentially UConn vs. Michigan State – Either 2 PM ET or 7 PM ET
If these two win their openers (or both lose their openers) and match up in Maui, you can check out Kemba Walker for the Huskies and Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas for the Spartans.
November 24, 2010
Villanova vs. UCLA – ESPN2, 9:00 PM ET
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden, and a few of these players will be getting a chance to play there in the NBA at some point. Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA) has size and athleticism, and has loads of potential. Maalik Wayns is a point guard for Nova that might be a little underrated in my opinion, and you’ll see just how quick this guy is when you watch this game. And Corey Fisher‘s scoring ability will clearly be on display as well in what should be a pretty closely contested game.
Maui Invitational Championship – 10 PM ET, ESPN
A potential Kentucky-Michigan State matchup would be nice.
November 27, 2010
Arizona vs. Kansas – ESPN2, 10:30 PM ET
It’s the first time in a while Kansas hasn’t had a big standout, but Arizona has a few players that will probably be playing somewhere in the Association next season. Derrick Williams is a great big man that has a solid array of moves, and he’ll need to use them against a good Jayhawk team.
Well there’s the schedule for this week. Here’s some Perry Jones to get you pumped up for some great games: