The Top 5 Games to Watch this Weekend
Charles E. Sutton | 2/15/2013, 9:35 p.m.
No. 15 Georgetown at Cincinnati
Over the past three seasons, Cincinnati is the only team still in the Big East that the Hoyas have not beaten. Some of the four losses have been peculiar, like when the two teams met last January, the Hoyas outrebounded the Bearcats and shot 60 percent from three-point range and 59.1 percent from the floor but gave up 27 point points to Sean Kilpatrick. (Friday, 9 p.m., ESPN)
No. 16 Pittsburgh at No. 18 Marquette
The improvement of Jamie Dixon's squad was evident Saturday when Pitt beat Cincinnati 62-52 after losing to the same team earlier by nine at home. On Saturday, the Panthers will try to avenge another home loss. Last month, Marquette's win came in OT after Pitt's Lamar Patterson nailed a dramatic 3-pointer at the end of regulation. (Saturday, 1 p.m., CBS)
Princeton at Harvard
The teams are battling for first place in the Ivy League, and both are led by D.C.-area private school players. Princeton forward Ian Hummer, a 6-foot-7 senior from Gonzaga who is second in the conference in scoring (15.7 points per game), goes against Harvard guard Christian Webster, a 6-5 senior from Landon who averages 8.7 points per game. (Saturday, 7 p.m., NBCSN)
San Diego State at UNLV
Early in the season, both teams were ranked but have been overcome in the Mountain West by No. 19 New Mexico and No. 24 Colorado State. Both have done nearly enough to capture an NCAA at-large bid, but the loser of this game might have reason to start squirming in a league with few walkovers. UNLV won the first contest at San Diego State. (Saturday, 9 p.m., NBCSN)
No. 13 Ohio State at No. 20 Wisconsin
All season long, Big Ten teams have had a significant presence in the Top 25, and why not? With the ACC playing musical chairs and the Big East falling apart, games in a stable conference seem more important. In this matchup, Wisconsin looks to avenge a 58-49 loss three weeks in Columbus in which DeShaun Thomas tallied 25 points.