The Duel

Jon Rothstein's Games To Watch

Jon Rothstein
Jon Rothstein outlines the best matchups in college basketball with his weekly Games to Watch column.
Jon Rothstein outlines the best matchups in college basketball with his weekly Games to Watch column. /

It's going to be a great weekend for college basketball!

Check our list below for five games to watch over the next few days.

UConn at Xavier

This is the first of two meetings between these programs in the next eight days. Expect it to be physical. Both Xavier and UConn are in the middle of the Big East standings and both are known for their ferocious defense. The Musketeers' ability to contain Huskies sophomore big man Adama Sanogo will be the key in the game. The 6-foot-9 Sanogo had 24 points and 15 rebounds in Tuesday's win over Marquette.

Texas at Baylor

Chris Beard is rallying Texas. After losing at home to Kansas State on Jan. 18th, the Longhorns have won five of their last six games and are a legitimate threat for the Big 12 regular season title. Texas' dramatic win over Kansas on Monday night cemented its legitimacy; winning at Baylor would only enhance it. The Bears are still hoping to get their leading scorer --- LJ Cryer (13.9 PPG) --- back from a foot injury. Cryer has not played since Jan. 25th.

Seton Hall at Villanova

The games between these two programs are always like a reincarnation of Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers against Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys. Saturday's tilt in Philadelphia has the makings of a bloodbath. Seton Hall lost by six to Villanova on New Year's Day in Newark, but didn't have its full allotment of players. With starting point guard Bryce Aiken still out with a concussion, keep eye on Syracuse transfer Kadary Richmond. The 6-foot-6 point guard has tallied 19 assists in his last three games.

Saint Mary's at Gonzaga

No team in college basketball is going to beat Gonzaga by playing a frenetic pace. That's what makes this game so interesting. According to KenPom, Saint Mary's is 337th in adjusted tempo while the Bulldogs are second. Remember: Randy Bennett has had success against Gonzaga when his teams have controlled the flow of the game. The Gaels won a road game in Spokane during the 2017-18 season and then upset the Bulldogs --- while holding them to just 47 points --- in the finals of the 2019 WCC Tournament.


Mick Cronin has never beaten the Trojans since he's been UCLA's head coach. Two of the last three defeats have come at the buzzer. Expect another close affair on Saturday. Any hopes that the Bruins have of beating USC --- or reaching their apex --- will hinge on getting Cody Riley back on track. The veteran big man did not score and just had two rebounds in 21 minutes in Tuesday's win at Stanford.

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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