The College Basketball Notebook

December 11, 2010 7:05 AM

Saturday TV Basketball

BasketballOnTV.jpgToday is the best day of December for college basketball, as you have the dead spot between the end of the college football regular season and the start of the bowls. It's also the last weekend before players start up final exams and the schedule gets lighter. Here's a rundown of what there is to watch today...

St. Louis-Duke (Noon, CBS): Coach K has to adjust to life without fabulous freshman Kyrie Irving as quickly he got used to life with him. There's still plenty of talent on hand, enough to beat the Billikens in Durham.

Wisconsin-Marquette (2:30, ESPN2): A good old-fashioned grudge match between two perennial NCAA contenders still piecing together new combinations for this season. Both are likely to be on the tournament bubble, so this one could be big down the road.

Tennessee-Pitt (3:15, ESPN): The day's best game as the third-ranked Panthers face their biggest test of the young season.

Washington-Texas A&M (4:30, ESPN2): The Big 12-Pac 10 Rivalry from last week unofficially continues here.

Indiana-Kentucky (5:15, ESPN): I remember when I was a college student at Indiana and this was the game both schools lived for. The rivalry's on hard times until Tom Crean gets the Hoosiers turned around. It will happen, but not today.

Gonzaga-Notre Dame (8:30, ESPN2): Good battle in the low post between Robert Sacre and Tim Abromaitis. A true Jesuit rivalry showdown here.

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Dan Flaherty is the editor of the Sports Notebook Family, published through the Real Clear Sports Blog Network, offering daily commentary in college football ,game analysis in the NFL. and coverage of college basketball. He is the author of The Last New Year's, a book that revisits the historic high points of college football's New Year's Day bowl games.

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