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What to watch: 1/17/11

As close to a full slate of weekday basketball as you're going to get until March. And even then, your chances of seeing four top ten teams in two games won't be as good.


Villanova at Connecticut (3:30/ESPN)

A huge early (in the league season) game of UConn, which finds itself ranked eighth nationally but in a four-way tie for sixth in the Big East.

Albany at Stony Brook (5:00/MSG)

You don't have to watch this game. I won't be mad.

Kansas State at Missouri (5:30/ESPN)

Preseason All-American Jacob Pullen said last week that he wouldn't play in the NIT if Kansas State didn't make the NCAA Tournament. Just like that, the Wildcats became a team I feel like I have to keep an eye on. Really hope they don't get a bid just to see what happens.

Jackson State at Prairie View A&M (7:00/ESPNU)

Jackson State had won 17 straight SWAC games before being knocked off by Texas Southern over the weekend.

Syracuse at Pittsburgh (7:30/ESPN)

No. 3 vs. No. 4. Don't have to say much more than that.

Norfolk State vs. Howard (9:00/ESPNU)

Last place vs. next-to-last place in the MEAC. Don't have to say much more than that.

Kansas at Baylor (9:30/ESPN)

It would seem the Jayhawks are ripe for the picking here.