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Friday, Nov. 15
 
7 p.m., ESPN3 Georgia Tech (2-0) at Georgia (1-0)
Georgia coach Mark Fox said he's looking for a more balanced offense now that uber-scorer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is in the NBA. It will help playing at home against a Georgia Tech team that is breaking in a new point guard, Tennessee transfer Trae Golden.
 
11 p.m., Pac-12 Network Oakland (0-2) at California (2-0)
The Golden Grizzlies have been godawful in their first two games, losing on the road to North Carolina and UCLA by a combined 54 points. As for Cal, it looks like 6-foot-5 sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace (18 ppg, 50.0% fg) is primed to fill the void left by Allen Crabbe.
 
 
Saturday, Nov. 16
 
4 p.m. Colgate (0-1) at No. 9 Syracuse (2-0)
I know it's early, but C.J. Fair has made nearly 54 percent from the floor while sinking 13-of-14 from the foul line in his first two games. He's headed for a huge year. Colgate lost by 11 points at Wake Forest in its opener, so it's hard to imagine the Raiders having better luck in the Dome.
 
1 p.m., Fox No. 10 Ohio State (2-0) at No. 17 Marquette (2-0)
This is the best game of a pretty lean weekend. Marquette's competition was weak during its rout of Grambling State, but it's still a good sign that junior point guard Derrick Wilson had 10 assists to one turnover in the win. Obviously, Ohio State's Aaron Craft will provide a much sterner defensive test, but since the game is in Milwaukee, I'll take the home team in a mild upset.
 
Noon No. 25 Virginia (1-1) vs. Davidson (0-2)
If Virginia is going to keep playing low-possession basketball, then the Cavs are going to have to drastically improve their 19-for-33 foul shooting performance in the home loss to VCU. Davidson, which followed up its blowout loss at Duke by dropping a home game to Milwaukee, will be overmatched.
 
8 p.m. No. 20 Wisconsin (2-0) at Green Bay (1-0)
I love that Bo Ryan is willing to play a true road game against a quality midmajor team in his home state -- especially after starting out against St. John's (neutral) and Florida (home). Point guard Josh Gasser did not score in the win over the Gators, so Ryan needs to try to get him going early in this one.
 
Sunday, Nov. 16
 
7 p.m. Creighton (2-0) at Saint Joseph's (2-0)
Doug McDermott is the best show in college basketball this season (non-freshman division), but the Hawks have a gem of their own in 6-2 senior guard Langston Galloway. The Blujays walloped Saint Joe's by 29 points in Omaha last season, but now they're coming to Hawk Hill. Different place, different year, different result.
 
Noon Indiana State (1-1) at No. 21 Notre Dame (2-0)
Once again, Notre Dame has a veteran, disciplined team led by its perimeter corps of Eric Atkins, Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton. The big question will be whether 6-11 senior center Garrick Sherman can man the post for 30 minutes a night.
 
5 p.m. No. 7 Michigan (2-0) at Iowa State (2-0)
I realize it will be hard for the Wolverines to replace the scoring of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, but if Caris LeVert keeps shooting it well, that task will be much easier. The 6-6 sophomore drained six three-pointers en route to a career-high 24 points in Michigan's rout of South Carolina State.
 
7 p.m. Robert Morris (2-1) at No. 1 Kentucky (2-1)
None of UK's Fab Frosh were a part of the team that lost to Robert Morris last season in the first round of the NIT, but John Calipari sure was. I'm guessing this one will go a little differently.
 

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