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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 Villanova

Dan Hurley has made the Huskies nationally relevant during his four years in Storrs, but he's never beaten Villanova head-to-head during that span. Will that happen on Saturday in South Philadelphia? It all depends on how effectively UConn can establish sophomore big man Adama Sanogo (15 PPG, 8.4 RPG) inside. Both of these teams are coming off losses and will be desperate for a win in order to keep pace at the top of the Big East standings.

Illinois at Indiana

Like big men? If so then you'll love this matchup between a pair of All-Americans in Illinois' Kofi Cockburn and Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis. The 7-foot Cockburn had 37 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Wisconsin and took just 19 shots. The Illini are in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Baylor at Kansas

Two of the best teams in the country will square off in one of college basketball's most fabled venues. But who will be on the floor at Phog Allen Fieldhouse? Baylor played its last game against West Virginia without both Adam Flagler (knee) and L.J. Cryer (foot) while Kansas won on Tuesday at Iowa State without Ochai Agbaji (COVID protocols) and Remy Martin (knee). The winner of this game will be in first place in the Big 12.

Kentucky at Alabama

John Calipari's team hasn't lost in 2022 at full strength. Alabama doesn't care. The Crimson Tide are the most mercurial team in college basketball, but they do own wins over Baylor, Gonzaga, Houston, and LSU. The pace of this game should be faster than the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Duke at North Carolina

Mike Krzyzewski's final trip to Chapel Hill as Duke's head coach will be an emotional one, but the Tar Heels have other things on their minds. North Carolina currently does not own a win against a team that is currently projected to be in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. There's no better opportunity for Hubert Davis' team than the one that it will get on Saturday night.

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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