Indianapolis Star
Preview Roundups
January 03, 2018
Mississippi at Georgia 6:30 PM ET
Ole Miss found a way to win its SEC opener against South Carolina, and next head to Georgia for Wednesday’s matchup with evidence that effort and execution can pay off – even if it does not look pretty. The Rebels grinded out a 74-69 victory over the Gamecocks at home in their SEC opener, shooting 87 percent from the free-throw line in the second half and closing the contest with eight consecutive makes in the final 90 seconds.
Marquette at Providence 6:30 PM ET

Winning ugly at times is a necessity in the rough and rugged Big East. Marquette, riding the hot hand of Andrew Rowsey, did just that against Georgetown on Saturday and will try for a second straight conference win when it visits Providence on Wednesday.

North Carolina at Florida State 7:00 PM ET
No. 11 North Carolina needed a late rally to avoid a loss in the ACC opener and looks to raise its level of play during a tough two-game road swing that begins with a matchup against Florida State on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels shot 39.7 percent from the field and had to score the final eight points of the game to turn back Wake Forest 73-69 at home Saturday.
Syracuse at Wake Forest 7:00 PM ET
Wake Forest suffered a brutal defeat its last time out and enters Wednesday's home date with Syracuse eager to notch its first ACC win. The Demon Deacons fell to defending national champion North Carolina in the final seconds on Saturday but must regroup in time to defeat the Orange, who suffocated Virginia Tech in their league opener.
Clemson at Boston College 7:00 PM ET
No. 25 Clemson aims for its ninth straight victory Wednesday when Boston College hosts the Tigers in ACC action. The Tigers have posted six of the eight wins during their current run by double figures and opened league play with a 16-point triumph over North Carolina State on Saturday.
Rutgers at Purdue 7:00 PM ET

Purdue will put its nine-game win streak and share of the early Big Ten lead on the line Wednesday night when it resumes conference play with a home game against Rutgers. The Boilermakers have climbed to 12th in the national rankings and join Michigan State and Ohio State atop the Big Ten at 2-0. 

East Carolina at South Florida 7:00 PM ET
A pair of struggling offenses look to get back on track Wednesday when East Carolina travels to South Florida for an American Athletic Conference contest. Both teams were held to 39 points in their previous game.
Connecticut at Tulsa 7:00 PM ET

Connecticut is far from the national power that won an NCAA title as recently as 2014, but coach Kevin Ollie’s young squad still played a rough non-conference slate and it didn’t get any easier in the American Athletic Conference opener against No. 9 Wichita State. The Huskies will look to elevate a strong performance against the Shockers to a road win when they play Tulsa on Wednesday.

Memphis at Central Florida 7:00 PM ET
Central Florida looks to build on a dominating defensive performance when it plays its American Athletic Conference home opener against Memphis on Wednesday. The Knights held East Carolina to 39 points in a 20-point victory Sunday, while the Tigers are coming off an embarrassing 34-point setback to Cincinnati in their league opener.
St. John's at Creighton 8:00 PM ET
No. 24 Creighton made a strong response to a loss in the Big East opener and looks to match that level of performance when it hosts injury-ravaged St. John’s on Wednesday night in another league battle. The Bluejays were beaten at Seton Hall last Thursday after coughing up a 13-point lead in the second half and showed their disdain for that performance with an 83-64 rout of Providence on Sunday.
Kentucky at Louisiana State 8:30 PM ET
Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox is mired in the first slump of his brief career and he'll try to snap out of his funk when the No. 14 Wildcats visit LSU on Wednesday in the Tigers' SEC opener. Knox (14.5 points per game) scored a total of 15 points and was 4-for-18 from the field over his last two games, including seven points and 2-for-10 shooting in Sunday's hard-fought 66-61 victory over Georgia.
NC State at Notre Dame 9:00 PM ET
Notre Dame looks to move to 2-0 in conference play as it hosts North Carolina State on Wednesday. The Fighting Irish beat Georgia Tech 68-59 in their ACC opener Saturday, while the Wolfpack lost their first conference game 78-62 to Clemson.
Miami-Florida at Georgia Tech 9:00 PM ET
Both Miami (Fla.) and Georgia Tech feature two of the better defenses in the nation entering Wednesday’s contest in Atlanta, but the Hurricanes have fared better offensively against better competition. The No. 17 Hurricanes are holding opponents to 58.5 points per contest, the third-stingiest defense in the nation compared to Georgia Tech at 64.9 points (34th), but Miami is in the middle of the pack offensively (74.8) while the Yellow Jackets are 320th in scoring at 66.5.
Illinois at Minnesota 9:00 PM ET
Minnesota looks to extend its winning streak when it resumes Big Ten play at home against Illinois on Wednesday. The Gophers have won four consecutive games, including a 65-55 victory against Harvard on Saturday, to improve to 9-1 in Minneapolis, and they hope to continue their winning ways by beating the Fighting Illini in back-to-back meetings for the first time since 2012-13.
Virginia at Virginia Tech 9:00 PM ET

One of the nation’s most productive offensive teams clashes with one of the country’s stingiest defenses when Virginia Tech hosts No. 8 Virginia on Wednesday. The Hokies lead the nation in shooting, while the Cavaliers allow the fewest points in the country.

Missouri at South Carolina 9:00 PM ET

South Carolina has been perfect at home, but the Gamecocks face their most threatening visitor yet when they host Missouri on Wednesday. It’s the SEC opener for the Tigers, while South Carolina is trying to avoid an 0-2 start to conference play. 

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma 9:00 PM ET
No. 7 Oklahoma has already matched its 11-win total for the entire 2016-17 season after opening Big 12 play with a 90-89 road win at then-No. 8 TCU. And a big reason for the big turnaround for Lon Kruger's squad, which hosts in-state rival Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, is the outstanding play of true freshman guard Trae Young.