WHEN: January 19th, 9:00 PM EST
WHERE: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Since 1999, there have been two mid-majors that have dominated the college basketball world like nobody else. Gonzaga, which has gone to the past 14 NCAA Tournaments, ranks among the most consistently successful programs in the entire sport and for years were the standard by which all other mid-majors were judged. Butler, however, has taken the torch, as their runner-up finishes in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournaments created a new standard and turned the program into the new darling of college basketball.
Saturday’s matchup will be just the third-ever battle of the Bulldogs, with Butler winning the first game 79-71 in the 2006 NIT Season Tipoff and Gonzaga winning last year’s game 71-55 in Spokane.
Men’s College Basketball News: “College Trades”: What If NCAA Men’s College Basketball Programs Could Complete Trades?
NCAA Men’s College Basketball programs, their players, coaches and alumni /supporters have been accused of illegal recruiting practices, gambling and other illegalities throughout the decades. The NCAA has prosecuted scandals; from major infractions to slap on the wrist infractions, throughout the decades of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s through to today’s college game.
Well, there is a potential solution, “College Trades”. Imagine a hypothetical development and implementation of a concept turned policy where the NCAA’s college and university men’s basketball programs could trade their players for players from other schools without prejudice or NCAA sanctions. How could this policy work? It will call for brainstorming, vision and investigation.
The newness has worn off, the season is in full swing. Conference play has tipped off. The contenders and pretenders appear to be aligning themselves in their correct slots as 2013 moves away from the initial calendar flip and fastbreaks toward the NCAA Tournament.
With that, we present our initial Midweek Madness for college basketball – a power rankings potpourri that offers a look at the major schools, the mid-major schools and the top players in the country.
So, without further ado, and before teams tip off tonight …
Louisville, 15-1. The Cardinals lost to Duke back in late November, struggled against mid-major Illinois State the next time out and they don’t exactly overwhelm with the “wow” factor. But they’re solid, they’re experienced and they’re looking every bit the part of a repeat Final Four participant with PG Peyton Silva directing the way.
The UCLA Bruins (13-3, 3-0) have been white hot over the past month going on an eight game winning streak. This young and talented team is finally playing up to the potential many critics and fans had hoped.
Sensational freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad has been averaging 20.1 PPG during UCLA’s winning streak, but did play poorly against Utah going 3-13 with just six points.
The Colorado Buffaloes (11-4, 1-2) has won three of their last five games, but if consider the circumstances over the past week many critics would argue that they should be 5-0.
Colorado had a game stolen from them last week against the Arizona Wildcats by a blown call by the referees when Sabatino Chen hit the game-winning jumper at the end of regulation. Colorado was never able to recover in OT and the aftermath of that game lingered with them against Arizona State, who they should have beat.
This game will feature two players ranked third in the Nation in their respected categories.
No. 5 Indiana Hoosiers On Upset Alert Against No. 8 Minnesota Gophers In Big Ten Clash: Preview And Where To Watch Online
On Friday, an Indiana boy abducted two decades was found living in Minnesota under an assumed identity. Meanwhile, on Saturday at noon ET, the Minnesota Gophers will travel to Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana searching for an item of their own—an extra W in the win-loss column.
Midway through the college basketball season, as conference play gets into full swing, the Indiana Hoosiers find themselves exactly where they thought they would. The Indiana Hoosiers begin conference play as the No.1 ranked team in the nation. Aside from Cody Zeller’s plummeting draft stock, 14-1 Indiana has performed up to preseason expectations and enters Saturday’s contest as the nation’s highest scoring team.