By Seth Davis
December 06, 2013
The Weekend Forecast
Friday, Dec. 6
10 p.m., ESPN No. 3 Kentucky (7-1) vs. No. 20 Baylor (7-1) in Arlington, Texas
I'm still not seeing a noticeable improvement by Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin. He's even less assertive than he was last year, which is why he's averaging three fewer rebounds a game. Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein, who had nine blocks in the win over Providence, has no such problem.
Saturday, Dec. 7
5:15 p.m., ESPN2 UNLV (3-3) at No. 2 Arizona (8-0)
UNLV, which has already lost three times at home, is arguably the most disappointing team in the country. A game in McKale Center is not the way to get on the right track.
3:15 p.m., ESPN2 No. 6 Kansas (6-1) at Colorado (8-1)
I'm sure the Jayhawks did not have a pleasant few days of practices after the Battle 4 Atlantis. They should play better, but I think their problems go deeper than a lack of intensity. Colorado is a talented, experienced team with efficient guards in Spencer Dinwiddle and Askia Booker. Plus, the Buffaloes are at home, and they've circled their calendars for this one. I spy an upset.
2:15 p.m., Big Ten Network Marquette (5-3) at No. 8 Wisconsin (9-0)
Just when I thought I was out, Bo pulls me back in. Wisconsin had to revert to its grinding style to pull out an impressive 48-38 win at Virginia on Wednesday night. Given the offensive problems Marquette has been having, this one promises to be another grinder, but it's a great in-state rivalry that always produces riveting games.
6 p.m., CBS Sports Network No. 14 Villanova (8-0) at Saint Joseph's (4-3)
Nothing like a good ole Big Five game to keep you warm on a winter weekend. I keep waiting for Saint Joseph's to get a breakthrough win, but the Hawks couldn't get it done at Temple Wednesday night. Villanova, meanwhile, showed its balance in an easy win over Penn, with four players scoring in double figures.
12:30 p.m., CBS No. 18 UCLA (8-0) at Missouri (8-0)
Missouri's national strength of schedule ranking on is 338th. UCLA isn't much better at 296th. I do think the Bruins are the better team, but they are not prepared to win a tough road game like this right now. Mizzou has gotten a big lift this season from Jordan Clarkson, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Tulsa who is leading the team in scoring and put up 25 in Thursday's win over West Virginia.
1:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network BYU (7-2) vs. No. 21 UMass (7-0) in Springfield, Mass.
This is gonna be a fun one. BYU ranks first in the country in tempo, and it has the nation's ninth-leading scorer in Tyler Haws (23.6 ppg). UMass is eighth nationally in tempo and features a dynamic scoring point guard in Chazz Williams. First one to 90 wins? Fine by me.
4:05 p.m., CBS Sports Network Cincinnati (7-0) at New Mexico (8-1)
This is a great matchup between two rank-worthy teams. Cincinnati has been feasting on cupcakes, but after this one, the Bearcats play at Xavier and then in New York City against Pittsburgh. New Mexico's guard play has been spotty, but I love the emergence of 6-9 senior Cameron Bairstow as a frontcourt scorer.
Sunday, Dec. 8
5 p.m., ESPNU No. 13 Oregon (7-0) at Ole Miss (6-1)
Ole Miss was undefeated until it lost at Kansas State on Thursday night, but I still like this team. Marshall Henderson gets most of the publicity (mostly for the wrong reasons), but 6-3 junior point guard Jarvis Summers is quietly having a terrific season. Oregon has been rolling behind its core of transfers, but the Ducks are due.
5 p.m., CBS Sports Network Washington (4-3) at No. 24 San Diego State (6-1)
It is truly remarkable what Steve Fisher is doing at San Diego State, where he has the Aztecs back in the rankings after losing three starters. Senior point guard Xavier Thames may be the best point guard west of the Mississippi, and sophomore forward Winston Shepard is only starting to scratch the surface of his potential.
Last Week: 5-5
Season Record: 5-5

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