Five Must-See Games

Charles E. Sutton | 1/25/2013, 6:07 p.m.

Five - No. 15 New Mexico at San Diego State

Every team in the Mountain West Conference has at least two losses, except for New Mexico (17-2, 4-0). Last year, Lobos coach Steve Alford outdueled coach Steve Fisher, giving the Aztecs their only conference loss at home and beating them in the Mountain West final. The Aztecs have lost two of their last three games, giving this game additional importance for them. (Saturday, 4 p.m., NBCSN)

Four - Florida State at No. 25 Miami

Under intense defensive pressure from the Miami backcourt, Duke guards Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook shot a collective 1-for-29 from the field Wednesday night. Their poor performance was a major factor in No. 1 Duke's embarrassing 27-point loss to Miami. Now coach Jim Larranaga's Hurricanes (14-3, 5-0), will become a target because they are the only ACC team without at least two conference losses. It will be interesting to see how they respond to in-state rival Florida State. (Sunday, 6 p.m., ESPNU)

Three - No. 2 Michigan at Illinois

With No. 1 Duke having lost to Miami, Michigan is chasing along with Kansas and Syracuse the top spot and guard Trey Burke has shot past Mason Plumlee in the national player of the year race. Illinois has lost five of eight games after climbing to No. 10 for the first time since 2006. Saturday is an opportunity for coach Jim Groce's Fighting Illini to regain some much needed momentum. (Sunday, 6 p.m., Big Ten Network)


Two - No. 3 Syracuse at Villanova

The Syracuse Orangemen will go into Philadelphia on Saturday trying to achieve a different outcome than No. 5 Louisville did on Tuesday night, when they were upset by Villanova. That was the Wildcats' first victory in 15 games against a ranked team. The Wildcats' last such win had come two years ago at Syracuse, when the Orangemen were ranked No. 3 in the country, just as they are now. (Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPNU)

One - No. 13 Michigan State at No. 7 Indiana

Over the past five months we've had our weekly fix of the NFL. This Sunday there will be no pro football (of course, the Pro Bowl doesn't count), so the timing is great for this Big Ten matchup. Michigan State is the only conference team that hasn't lost in January. The Spartans won a slow, tough game 49-47 Tuesday at Wisconsin. They will face a more fast-paced team when they travel to Bloomington. (Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS)