Tale of the tape
Irish Look To Stay Lucky: #21 Notre Dame At Providence
For the second straight game, 40 minutes was not enough for Notre Dame. Unlike the five overtimes against Louisville, the Irish need just five extra minutes to beat DePaul on Wednesday. Mike Brey hopes his players are fresh for Saturday.
Bulldogs Look To Bounce Back: #11 Butler At Fordham
Butler’s 12-game home win streak came to an end on Wednesday in a surprise loss to Charlotte. Brad Stevens is a master game-planner, and he should have a better idea of how to manage without his starting center now that his team has played a game without him.
Orange Look To Rebound: #6 Syracuse At Seton Hall
Syracuse lost to Connecticut on Wednesday, moving them into a three-way tie for first in the Big East. Jim Boeheim will try to get his team refocused and continue to work James Southerland back into the mix.
ACC Action: #2 Duke At Maryland
Duke took control in the second half on Wednesday to beat North Carolina, a nice birthday present for Mike Krzyzewski, who turned 66. Now he will get his team refocused to play another rival.
Big East Battle: #16 Pittsburgh At #18 Marquette
After a weak nonconference slate, Pitt started 1-3 in the Big East. Jamie Dixon’s squad is 7-1 since and has a week to prepare for Marquette.
Bulldogs Try Not To Get Chomped In The Swamp: Mississippi State At #2 Florida
Rick Ray is in his first year as a head coach. He was most recently an assistant at Clemson. He inherited a team that returned just two contributors from a group that greatly underachieved last year.