Greg DePalma previews the best Saturday slate of the season, topped by unbeaten Penn State‘s visit to Ohio State in the next chapter of a rivalry that launched the Nittany Lions’ surge last year. Other top games find No. 4 TCU at No.25 Iowa State, No. 11 Oklahoma State at No.22 West Virginia and No.14 N.C. State at No.9 Notre Dame. Key injuries are updated, plus trends and picks.
Greg DePalma chats with Tommy Birch, Iowa State beat writer for the Des Moines Register, about the team’s rise behind QB Kyle Kempt, now 3-0 as a starter since taking over for Jacob Park in the Cyclones’ upset of Oklahoma. Coach Matt Campbell has a good foundation set in his second year, but will success only prompt bigger programs to come knocking?
Greg DePalma is joined by Jeff Hartman of BehindTheSteelCurtain.com to discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ offensive woes following Ben Roethlisberger‘s five-interception performance in a loss to Jacksonville. The college spotlight falls on Iowa State‘s upset of No.3 Oklahoma and whether Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh cost his team in a rivalry loss. Jamal Murphy also drops by with a fantasy update.
Greg DePalma and Scott Zolotorow of CollegeHoopsDaily.com look back at Friday’s NCAA Tournament results, which again were largely devoid of upsets though USC‘s victory kept another perfect record of First Four winners reaching the second round. Saturday’s discussion centers around a clash between Purdue and Big 12 Tournament champ Iowa State, along with Villanova vs. Wisconsin.
The Villanova Wildcats seek revenge today when they host Seton Hall as the Big East takes center stage on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Pirates upset the Wildcats in last season’s Big East Championship game which is why we’re expecting a big performance from the defending national champions.
College Basketball: New No.1 Oklahoma gets little chance to enjoy its new perch, with a pair of tough Big 12 road games on the docket. Also, the Pac-12’s logjam may become clearer.
College Basketball: The holiday week makes for an extremely light schedule on the weekend, though it creates some frontloaded early-week matchups worth watching.
College Basketball: Never mind that the Big 12 fell flat at last year’s NCAA Tournament. Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma are each worth a look now.
NCAA Tournament: Can Kentucky complete the NCAA Tournament’s first perfect season since 1976? Even for huge favorites, the brackets haven’t been overly kind.
NCAA Tournament: Mike Krzyzewski, Larry Brown and Steve Fisher all have national titles to their name, but the eventual South champion could very well be none of the above.