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Rothstein: St. Joe’s, Porter And 5 Questions Heading Into Busy Night In College Hoops

Otto Porter (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

Otto Porter (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

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By Jon Rothstein
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1. CAN SAINT JOSEPH’S BE COMPETITIVE AT SAINT LOUIS?

Without question.

The Hawks have the most talented roster in the Atlantic 10, and could turn around their season with a road win over the Billikens.

The problem is that Saint Louis is playing as well as anyone in the country right now.

It will take a monumental effort from Phil Martelli’s team for Saint Joseph’s to leave Chafeitz Arena with a victory.

Tip off is at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

2. WILL UCONN SLOW DOWN OTTO PORTER?

Probably not, but who can?

The 6-foot-8 forward is looking like the runaway choice for Big East Player of the Year, and is now regularly being talked about as one of the best players in the sport.

If there’s one player this season who can do for his team what Danny Manning did for Kansas in 1988 when the Jayhawks won a national title, it’s Porter.

This guy is a one-man gang.

3. WHICH BUBBLE TEAM COULD STUMBLE?

Oklahoma.

The Sooners have had the look of an NCAA Tournament team all season long, but they’ll face a stern test on Wednesday night when they travel to Austin to face Texas.

The Longhorns are 2-2 since they’ve gotten Myck Kabongo back, and the speedy floor general has lived up to his billing.

In the four games he’s played this season, Kabongo is averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest.

4. WHICH TEAM SHOULD YOU MAKE SURE YOU WATCH?

New Mexico.

The Lobos have been quietly brilliant all season long, and could legitimately be as high as a three seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Steve Alford’s team didn’t come into this season with as much cache as other teams in the Mountain West Conference, but they’re more than capable of doing serious damage in the field of 68.

The Lobos will host San Diego State tonight at the Pit. Tip off is at 10:15 ET on CBS Sports Network.

5. WHICH TEAM PLAYING ON WEDNESDAY IS MOST DESPERATE FOR A WIN?

Arizona State.

The Sun Devils had a bad loss last week at home to Washington, and will finish the season with three straight games on the road.

Herb Sendek’s team will play at UCLA on Wednesday night, and then will finish up at USC and Arizona.

To ensure a berth in the NCAA Tournament, the Sun Devils have to win two of their final three games.

Is Otto Porter the undisputed Big East Player of the Year? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…