Cross-posted from SB Nation, here's what to watch in the nine long hours leading up to tonight's game.
Wake up early, stay up late, watch college basketball until your friggin' eyes bleed.
That happens, right? Bleeding eyes? No? Not even if you watch college basketball for 16 straight hours? Oh, awesome. Well, the one reason you might have had to not do this is apparently out of the picture.
Here's everything you need to know about the monster day of college hoops ahead:
Maryland at Temple (11:00/ESPNU)
The Terps (12-5, 2-2) have been a bit of a pleasant surprise so far this season, but they've surrendered an average of 81.5 points in a pair of ACC road losses. Mark Turgeon's team also desperately needs to find a scoring threat outside of Terrell Stoglin. Temple, meanwhile, is just 2-2 since its upset of Duke, and both of those losses came by double digits.
Alabama at Kentucky (12:00/CBS)
The Tide desperately need a bounce back performance after looking dismal in a home loss to Vanderbilt their last time out. A noon date at Rupp Arena isn't exactly the ideal scenario.
Purdue at Michigan State (12:00/ESPN)
The Spartans have dropped two in a row after winning 15 straight. Draymond Green and company can't afford to overlook a Purdue squad that has walked out of the Breslin Center with a victory in each of the past two seasons.
Rutgers at Georgetown (12:00/SNY/MASN)
Georgetown (15-3, 5-2) is 17-7 versus the Scarlet Knights in regular-season play since Rutgers (11-8, 3-3) joined the Big East. The Hoyas are also 17-2 at home against Rutgers all-time, winning nine straight by an average of 13.9 points. The Scarlet Knights haven't beaten Georgetown in D.C. since a 68-62 win Dec. 8, 1998.
Fordham at St. Bonaventure (12:00/CSN/CSS)
I'm not going to make you watch this.
Xavier at Dayton (1:00/ESPN2)
You can actually watch this meeting without already knowing the ultimate outcome, unlike when the teams play in Cincinnati later this year. In all seriousness, the bitterness inherent in this rivalry is extremely underrated. UD officials have already issued a statement saying no signs or other references to Xavier's December brawl with Cincinnati will be tolerated.
Villanova at St. John's (1:00/ESPNU)
A battle of the Big East's only 2-5 teams. This time tomorrow, one of them will be 3-5.
That's why I'm here. That's why I get paid to do what I do, and why you get paid to do what you do. Enjoy this. Enjoy all of this.
Kansas State at Oklahoma State (1:30/YES/Altitude)
Kansas State enters the game with a national ranking and a far more impressive record than their Saturday hosts, but that doesn't change the fact that the Wildcats have dropped 11 straight games at Oklahoma State. K-State last won inside Gallagher-Iba Arena in 1993.
Michigan at Arkansas (2:00/CBS)
Despite an 86-63 shellacking at Kentucky earlier this week, Arkansas will take comfort in the fact that it's a perfect 13-0 at home this season (it's 0-5 outside of Fayetteville). Michigan, meanwhile, will need to re-focus after an emotional one-point home win over rival Michigan State on Wednesday. It will be an interesting contrast of styles as the Razorbacks will, per usual, play fast and attempt to rattle the more deliberate Wolverines.
Missouri at Baylor (2:00/ESPN)
The game of the day without question, as No. 3 Baylor looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season against equally once-beaten and fifth-ranked Missouri. It will be the first time the Bears have taken part in a matchup between two top five teams, which is probably the reason the Ferrell Center was sold out in advance of a game for the first time ever.
UCF at UAB (2:00/FSN)
UCF (14-4, 4-1) will look to avoid a letdown after its big win over Memphis earlier this week. UAB is off to just a 1-3 start in Conference USA.
Indiana State at Creighton (3:00/ESPN2)
The Sycamores are easily the biggest disappointment in the Valley thus far, dropping all four of their conference road games and currently sitting at 2-6 (9th place) in the league standings. Their main issue of late has been putting the ball in the basket, which is a definite cause for concern against a Creighton team that leads the MVC at 81.8 points per game and ranks first in the nation in both field-goal percentage (51.8) and 3-point percentage (45.0).
Cincinnati at West Virginia (3:00/ESPNU)
The Bearcats are alone in second place with a Big East record of 5-1 after winning at Connecticut on Tuesday. Just a game behind UC is West Virginia, which has won its four conference games by an average of 17.8 ppg. This is the first year since Bob Huggins took the job in Morgantown where the game itself will be bigger than the storyline of him facing his old team...and yet I still felt the need to mention it. What can I say? I'm a man of flair...and candy...and The Torkelsons.
Boise State at TCU (3:30/The Mountain)
Both teams are 0-2 and playing for their first MWC victory. On a related note, get over yourself, "The Mountain." I can smell the pretentiousness seeping through my keyboard every time I'm forced to time those two words out and capitalize the first letter of each.
Kansas at Texas (4:00/CBS Regional)
The Jayhawks let the world know that the Big 12 title still goes through Lawrence when they walloped previously unbeaten Baylor earlier this week. Now they have to avoid a letdown against a Texas team with enough offensive firepower to spring a major upset.
Connecticut at Tennessee (4:00/CBS Regional)
The 13th-ranked Huskies will be the fourth top 25 team that Tennessee has faced in the past two weeks, and the seventh in all. The Vols have won just one of those games, a 67-56 victory over then-No. 13 Florida on Jan. 7 in Knoxville.
Florida State at Duke (4:00/ESPN)
A week after pounding North Carolina by 33, Florida State will get a chance to see if it has any Saturday magic left against No. 4 Duke. The Blue Devils have won 45 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium and 64 straight games at home against unranked opponents.
UCLA at Oregon (4:00/FSN)
The Bruins have won just one game outside of Southern California this season. The Pac-10/12 has been down for the past couple of years, but these first two and-a-half months have been almost unbelievably bad.
Northeastern at Drexel (4:00/CSS)
The Dragons have won five straight - including a pair of wins over perennial CAA powers VCU and George Mason - since beginning conference play 0-2. They'll take on an almost equally hot Northeastern squad with an identical 5-2 league record.
Ole Miss at Georgia (4:00/MSG)
The Rebels are coming off of a big win over Mississippi State, but still haven't notched an SEC road victory.
Oklahoma at Texas A&M (4:00/YES/Altitude)
The Aggies could use a pick-me-up after being embarrassed in a 70-51 loss to Missouri that wasn't as close as the final score indicates. Oklahoma has won two straight, including a nine-point win over then-No. 18 Kansas State, since dropping its first three Big 12 games.
Iowa State at Texas Tech (5:00/ESPN2)
Iowa State and its merry bend of transfers will look to stay hot against a Texas Tech Team that is 0-5 in the Big 12 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. The Red Raiders have taken six of the last seven against the Cyclones.
Massachusetts at Richmond (5:00/CBS Sports Network)
UMass (14-5, 3-2), which lost to Duquesne by 11 on Wednesday, hasn't dropped consecutive games all season.
Syracuse at Notre Dame (6:00/ESPN)
Notre Dame has historically been a tough place for Big East opponents to leave with a victory, but not Syracuse, which has won seven times in eight tries in South Bend. Oh yeah, it's also worth mentioning that the Orange are 20-0 and the No. 1 team in the country.
LSU at Florida (6:00/Fox Sports)
The Gators finally picked up a road victory by winning at South Carolina (79-65) a week ago, and now they look to remain perfect at home.
Colorado State at Wyoming (6:00/The Mountain)
Saturday will mark the 216th meeting between these border rivals. Wyoming has quietly raced out to a 15-3 start, but the 13-4 Rams have played a tougher schedule and can lay claim to an unblemished conference record.
Arizona at Colorado (6:00/FCS/FS Arizona)
The Buffs (12-6, 4-2) and Wildcats (13-6, 4-2) are currently tied with Washington (11-7, 4-2) for fourth in the jumbled Pac-12 standings behind Cal (16-4, 6-1), Stanford (15-4, 5-2) and Oregon (14-5, 5-2). The teams are also remarkably similar statistically.
Marshall at Southern Miss (6:00/CSS)
It's obviously not going to attract any headlines, but this is a big under-the-radar game. The Thundering Herd are Conference USA's lone remaining unbeaten, while Southern Miss (16-3, 1-1) has at times looked like the best the conference has to offer.
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt (7:00/ESPN2)
The Commodores will be looking for their ninth straight victory against a Bulldog team that shot just 37.7 percent in Wednesday's 75-68 loss at Mississippi.
Long Island at Wagner (7:00/ESPNU)
The early game of the year in the NEC features the league's only unbeaten (LIU) and the team most believe is the class of the conference (Wagner).
Charlotte at George Washington (7:00/MASN)
Charlotte has never won at the Smith Center since making the move to the Atlantic 10 in 2005.
Marquette at Providence (7:00/SNY)
The Friars are just 1-5 in the Big East, but beat Louisville by 31 the last time a ranked team came into the Dunk. Marquette is also coming off of a win over the Cardinals, but is 0-2 on the road in league play.
Ohio State at Nebraska (8:00/Big Ten Network)
Nebraska will look to keep the good times rolling after its historic home upset of Indiana earlier this week.
Old Dominion at VCU (8:00/CSS)
Though George Mason and VCU might be the Colonial's headlining names, this is easily the league's biggest rivalry. The Rams (14-5, 5-2) will be trying to keep pace with league-leaders ODU (11-8, 6-1) and GMU (14-5, 6-1), and three other teams that are 5-2.
Oakland at Oral Roberts (8:00/FCS)
ORU is a perfect 9-0 in the Summit League and is currently riding a 16-game league winning streak that dates back to last year.
Louisville at Pittsburgh (9:00/ESPN)
The ESPN GameDay game of the week features a pair of teams that are a combined 2-10 in the Big East and have lost 11 of their last 13. Yeah, maybe we need to re-evaluate the whole "making the schedule before the season" technique during the summer.
Murray State at SIU-Edwardsville (9:00/ESPNU)
Did you know Murray State is undefeated? Because they are. SIU-Edwardsville is not. That's at least part of the reason why they aren't the favorites in this game.
New Mexico at UNLV (10:00/The Mountain)
Both teams recently took tough losses to the same San Diego State team that they're trying to stay just a game behind.
USC at Oregon State (10:00/FCS)
Quizz Rodgers is going to go off and stun the world.
Long Beach State at UC Santa Barbara (11:00/ESPNU)
A meeting between a pair of teams that are heads and shoulders above everyone else in the Big West. Add in the fact that Casper Ware and Orlando Johnson are both bona fide superstars, and this one becomes a game worth staying up for...or at least taking the occasional drunken glance at from across the room. It's late and it's Saturday, I'm not judging. Just don't drive, Ok? Ok.