The games that are likely most compelling this weekend both for sports bettors and fans:
Butler at Ohio State – Both teams are undefeated, and both teams are looking to prove that they are for real. Butler beat up on the Buckeyes two years ago when they played, and the Bulldogs are undefeated on the road, so this one should be fun.
Memphis at Georgetown – This is Georgetown’s first real game since they lost to Xavier. They have a lot to prove. Georgetown similarly has had one big test – Tennessee – and they failed it pretty badly. Both teams were highly regarded coming into the season, but a second loss here will hurt one of them in the public’s eye.
Oral Roberts at UNC – Oral Roberts is truly terrible defensively. North Carolina is ridiculously good. It will be fun to see just how bad this one gets.
Xavier at Cincinnati – A great in-city rivalry between two teams that don’t much like each other.
Gonzaga at Arizona – Chase Budinger is much improved this year, but he needs to show that on a big stage. This would certainly count.
Cleveland at Atlanta – Two overachieving teams look to make another statement.
Orlando at Utah – Are there two good teams out there that people are paying less attention to? They are a combined 32-14.
Minnesota at the Lakers – This one could get really, really ugly. I like it when that happens.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia – This is a very good in-state rivalry, and it is particularly good now that both teams are both good and good to watch.
Washington at Montreal – Another good test of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Montreal is coming off an ugly loss to Tampa Bay, so they need a big showing here.
Minnesota at Anaheim – Neither team is particularly fun to watch, but both are competitive. This is an important game for both as they fight for playoff position.