With only a little less than 5 weeks remaining in the college basketball regular season, top tier teams and those on the bubble are gearing up for the stretch run leading up to NCAA Selection Sunday on March 11th, 2012.
While we have been treated to a number of top ranked teams going down unexpectantly to unranked opponents and an inordinate amount of teams losing on last second buzzer beaters, nothing compares to the drama and excitement that goes down during the NCAA’s annual Rivalry Week.
Even though the many upcoming conference realignments may threaten to destroy the sometimes near century long rivalries between teams like Missouri/Kansas and West Virginia/Pittsburgh, many new conference tilts will emerge once teams like Syracuse, UConn, and Texas A&M make there move to the ACC and SEC respectively over the next few seasons.
Here are some of the key contests on ESPN during Rivalry Week Feb 6th-13th:
UConn vs (25)Louisville – Monday @7PM on ESPN
(11)Florida vs (1)Kentucky – Tuesday @7PM on ESPN
(14)Georgetown vs (2)Syracuse – Wednesday @7Pm on ESPN
(8)Kansas vs (6)Baylor – Wednesday @7PM on ESPN2
(5)Duke vs (6)North Carolina – Wednesday @9PM on ESPN
(16)St. Mary’s vs Gonzaga – Thursday @11PM on ESPN2
UConn vs (2)Syracuse – Saturday @1PM on CBS
(10)Michigan State vs (3)Ohio State – Saturday @6PM on ESPN
(1)Kentucky vs Vanderbilt – Saturday @9PM on ESPN
(8)Kansas vs Kansas State – Monday Feb 13th @9PM on ESPN
Check Out ESPN’s Rivalry Week Promo:
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.