Jon Rothstein's Games To Watch: Feb. 25th, 2022
Check out our list below for five games to watch over the next few days.
It's going to be a great weekend for college basketball!
Kentucky at Arkansas
The Wildcats have beaten two quality teams back-to-back --- Alabama and LSU --- without their starting backcourt of Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington. Their status for Saturday's game remains TBD. Arkansas has won 12 of its last 13 games, with its only defeat coming by a single point against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This should be a terrific 40 minutes of basketball on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
Auburn at Tennessee
Bruce Pearl returns to Knoxville as Auburn looks to keep pace in its quest to win an SEC regular season title. The Tigers currently have a one-game lead over Kentucky. Tennessee's speed and quickness on the perimeter should challenge Auburn's backcourt of Zep Jasper, Wendell Green, and K.D. Johnson. Expect the pace of this game to be frenetic from tip to finish.
Creighton at Providence
The Dunkin Donuts Center may be crazier than Woodstock on Saturday night. Providence can clinch its first ever Big East regular season title with a win and Creighton is wounded as its starting point guard --- freshman Ryan Nembhard --- is now out for the remainder of the season due to a wrist injury. Things are aligned for the Friars to have a massive celebration.
Kansas at Baylor
Two of the three best teams in the Big 12 and two of the top eight projected seeds in the NCAA Tournament will do battle in what should one of the best games of the weekend. Baylor has fought injuries all season, but has still found a way to keep pace with the Jayhawks at the top of the Big 12 standings. Kansas currently holds a two-game over both the Bears and Texas Tech.
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's
Mark Few's squad is again in position to be the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, but Saint Mary's is no pushover. Randy Bennett's squad has rebounded from last year's seventh-place WCC finish and is in position to be a single digit seed on Selection Sunday. Can the Gaels push Gonzaga in Moraga? Don't rule it out of the realm of possibility. This is the last game for both teams before the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks. Rothstein is also an in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio.
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