Morning Roundup 1/8

The basketball season took a step aside yesterday to allow for the College Football National Championship game to take place. Congratulations to Clemson as they completely handled Alabama winning 44-16 and finishing the season perfect at 15-0.

Now it’s time for basketball to take center stage as we are only 67 days away from Selection Sunday. Conference play is already taking the season to a whole new level as their are only 133 teams remaining unbeaten in conference play. Before we get to the games for today here is a quick conference reset of who looks to be poised to make a run for their conference championship.

ACC

Preseason Favorite: Duke 

Current Favorite: Virginia 

Possible Contenders: Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida State

Big 12

Preseason Favorite: Kansas 

Conference Reset: Kansas 

Possible Contenders: Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma

Big East

Preseason Favorite: Villanova 

Conference Reset: Marquette 

Possible Contenders: Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John’s

Big Ten

Preseason Favorite: Michigan State 

Conference Reset: Michigan State 

Possible Contenders: Michigan

Pac-12

Preseason Favorite: Oregon 

Conference Reset: Arizona State 

Possible Contenders: Washington, Arizona

SEC

Preseason Favorite: Kentucky 

Conference Reset: Tennessee 

Possible Contenders: Kentucky, Auburn, Mississippi State

American Athletic Conference

Preseason Favorite: Houston 

Conference Reset: Houston 

Possible Contenders: Cincinnati, UCF

WCC

Preseason Favorite: Gonzaga 

Conference Reset: Gonzaga 

Possible Contenders: San Francisco, BYU, Saint Mary’s

America East

Preseason Favorite: Vermont 

Conference Reset: Vermont 

Possible Contenders: Stony Brook, UMBC

Atlantic 10

Preseason Favorite: Saint Louis 

Conference Reset: Saint Louis 

Possible Contenders: Davidson, VCU

Atlantic Sun

Preseason Favorite: Lipscomb 

Conference Reset: Lipscomb 

Possible Contenders: NJIT, Liberty

Big Sky

Preseason Favorite: Montana 

Conference Reset: Montana 

Possible Contenders: Northern Colorado, Weber State

Big South

Preseason Favorite: Radford 

Conference Reset: Radford 

Possible Contenders: Winthrop, Gardner-Webb

Big West

Preseason Favorite: Cal State Fulerton 

Conference Reset: UC Irvine 

Possible Contenders: UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fulerton

CAA

Preseason Favorite: Northeastern 

Conference Reset: Charleston 

Possible Contenders: Hofstra, Deleware

Conference USA

Preseason Favorite: Western Kentucky 

Conference Reset: Old Dominion 

Possible Contenders: North Texas, Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, UAB

Horizon League

Preseason Favorite: Wright State 

Conference Reset: Northern Kentucky 

Possible Contenders: Wright State

Ivy League

Preseason Favorite: Harvard 

Conference Reset: Princeton 

Possible Contenders: Yale, Harvard, Penn

MAAC

Preseason Favorite: Rider 

Conference Reset: Rider 

Possible Contenders: None

MAC

Preseason Favorite: Buffalo 

Conference Reset: Buffalo 

Possible Contenders: Kent State, Ball State, Central Michigan, Toledo

MEAC

Preseason Favorite: Bethune-Cookman 

Conference Reset: Bethune-Cookman 

Possible Contenders: Norfolk State

Missouri Valley

Preseason Favorite: Loyola 

Conference Reset: Loyola 

Possible Contenders: Drake, Southern Illinois, Illinois State

Mountain West

Preseason Favorite: Nevada 

Conference Reset: Nevada 

Possible Contenders: Utah State, Fresno State

Northeast

Preseason Favorite: St. Francis (PA) 

Conference Reset: St. Francis (PA) 

Possible Contenders: St. Francis (NY), Robert Morris

Ohio Valley

Preseason Favorite: Belmont 

Conference Reset: Murray State 

Possible Contenders: Belmont,

Patriot League

Preseason Favorite: Lehigh 

Conference Reset: Lehigh  

Possible Contenders: Holy Cross, Boston

Southern

Preseason Favorite: UNC Greensboro

Conference Reset: Wofford 

Possible Contenders: UNC Greensboro, Furman, East Tennessee State

Southland

Preseason Favorite: Stephen F. Austin 

Conference Reset: Stephen F. Austin 

Possible Contenders: Abilene Christian

SWAC

Preseason Favorite: Grambling State 

Conference Reset: Texas Southern 

Possible Contenders: Grambling State

Summit League

Preseason Favorite: South Dakota State 

Conference Reset: South Dakota State 

Possible Contenders: IPFW

Sun Belt

Preseason Favorite: Georgia State 

Conference Reset: Georgia State

Possible Contenders: Louisiana

WAC

Preseason Favorite: New Mexico State

Conference Reset: New Mexico State

Possible Contenders: Cal State Bakersfield, Grand Canyon

 

Tuesday Games to Watch

Texas A&M @ #18 Kentucky 7 EST SECN
#20 Iowa State @ Baylor 7 EST ESPN NEWS
Toledo @ #19 Bufflao 7 EST ESPN+
Maryland @ Minnesota 7 EST BTN
Texas @ Oklahoma 7 EST ESPNU
#1 Duke @ Wake Forest 7 EST ESPN
Southern Illinois @ Drake 8 EST ESPN+
#14 Mississippi State @ South Carolina 9 EST ESPNU
Alabama @ LSU 9 EST SECN

Games of the Night

#3 Tennessee @ Missouri 7 EST ESPN2
#24 St. John’s @ Villanova 7 EST FS1
Purdue @ #6 Michigan State 9 EST ESPN2
#12 North Carolina @ #15 NC State 9 EST ESPN
#23 Oklahoma @ #8 Texas Tech 9 EST ESPN NEWS
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