It's exam time at many of the schools around the country, which means a bit lighter load on this week's college hoops schedule. After seeing a number of in-state upsets last week, there are a few more we should keep an eye on in the week ahead, including Winthrop's trip to South Carolina, Ohio's visit to Cincinnati, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee's game against the Badgers in Madison. That trio of games leads up to the Saturday showdown between Louisville and Kentucky in Lexington.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
A look back at last week's highlights: George Washington topped Maryland in the nation's capital Monday evening, while Northwestern State, who had already beaten Mississippi State earlier this year, went on the road and knocked off Oklahoma State ... Tuesday's Jimmy V Classic saw St. Joseph's ease past struggling Kansas in the opening game before Michigan State downed Boston College in game two ... Also on Tuesday, there were a couple of in-state upsets: Iowa was upset by the Panthers of Northern Iowa, while Mike Davis' Indiana squad was defeated by Indiana State ... One upset that did not take place was Bucknell over Villanova; Jay Wright's Cats dominated ... Notre Dame dominated the first half and then hung on for a road win at Alabama on Wednesday ... Hump day also saw the surging Georgia Bulldogs turn in a dominating performance over in-state rival Georgia Tech ... A full Saturday of hoops started off with Kansas's home victory over California and an impressive Ohio State win on the road at St. Joseph's ... In the most talked-about game of the non-conference schedule, Duke and POTY candidate J.J. Redick rolled right through second-ranked Texas by 31 points ... Gonzaga trailed most of the day, but another POTY candidate, the Zags' Adam Morrison, banked in a 3 as his squad survived a scare from Oklahoma State ... It was a bad day for the SEC as Mike Davis's Indiana stomped Kentucky, Temple downed Alabama for the Tide's second loss of the week, and Cincinnati toppled previously-unbeaten Vanderbilt in Nashville ... A west coast top 20 showdown saw UCLA jump out to an early lead and cruise to a victory over Nevada ... Illinois finished off Saturday's activity with a convincing road win over the struggling Oregon Ducks ... Sunday's biggest game saw Maryland and Boston College go down to the wire, but the Terps took the victory in BC's first-ever ACC contest.
MUST-SEE THIS WEEK
UNC-Wilmington at Wisconsin
One of the Colonial's best teams visits Wisconsin, fresh off of a big win over Marquette on Saturday.
Winthrop at South Carolina
There were plenty of in-state upsets last week, and the Eagles, favorites to win the Big South, look to pull another.
Ohio at Cincinnati
Bearcats finally got back on track last weekend but must face in-state rival Ohio, perhaps the best team in the MAC.
Missouri State at Arkansas
Bears are unbeaten, but this is the kind of game Arkansas must win if they are serious about the Tourney this season.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wisconsin
It's another tough test for the Badgers, though in-state rival Panthers have struggled away from home.
UCLA at Michigan
Coming off win over Nevada, Bruins travel to face unbeaten Wolves who have already beaten Miami and Notre Dame.
Tennessee at Texas
Humiliating performance against Duke should motivate UT. Vols have yet to lose, but this test is their toughest yet.
Louisville at Kentucky
One of the best hoops rivalries in America hits the hardwood again this weekend. Cats struggling, Cards unproven.
Ohio State at Iowa State
Both teams are coming off of big weekend wins. Good non-conference battle between squads with NCAA hopes.
Arizona State at Iowa
Each is struggling mightily as of late, and the pair has already combined to lose five times. Both need this win.
Davidson at Syracuse
Orange still finding themselves but won't get any sympathy from Wildcats, winners over SJU and Missouri already.
Miami at NC State
Big ACC showdown between two squads who were preseason NCAA bubble picks. Canes still searching for a quality win.
Xavier at Creighton
Jays thumped in-state rival Nebraska on Sunday, now host one-loss Musketeers.