As the 2020-21 college basketball season keeps rolling along, the conference races are starting to heat up. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing numerous postponements and cancellations, it still hasn’t stopped conference action. We will be seeing a lot of games crammed into a short amount of time at the end of the regular season, if we continue to see conference games get postponed. Let’s take a closer look at our NCAAB update so you can keep making your bets against their College Basketball odds.
NCAA Basketball COVID-19 Update – January 18th Edition
Monday, January 18th saw three games get postponed, while two were cancelled. On Tuesday, four games have already been postponed, including games involving the 22nd-ranked Oregon Ducks, and the 13th-rated West Virginia Mountaineers. West Virginia was scheduled to host one of the top freshmen and a top NBA prospect in Cade Cunningham, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Although two ranked teams won’t be playing on Tuesday, there will still be plenty of ranked teams in action. The premier matchup of the evening will see the Seton Hall Pirates travel to Philadelphia to take on the third-ranked Villanova Wildcats. This will be the first time since December 23rd that we’ve seen Villanova in action. Head coach Jay Wright along with others in his program had tested positive for COVID-19. We’ll be anxious to see how the Wildcats look after their nearly month long hiatus from playing.
The Seton Hall Pirates are coming off of a layoff of their own, as they haven’t played in 10 days. The Pirates will be Villanova’s toughest Big East matchup to date, as Kevin Willard’s squad is playing for a potential NCAA tournament berth. The Pirates have been inconsistent at times, but they have a team that could give any of the top teams in college basketball a run for their money.
Another top matchup will see the Maryland Terrapins travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on the 7th-ranked Michigan Wolverines. Michigan lost their first game of the season last Saturday at Minnesota. Juwan Howard’s squad has been one of the top offensive teams in the country. Michigan’s combination of youth and experience has been very dynamic this season.
Although this has been a down season for Maryland, the Terrapins have played spoiler to some of the Big 10’s top teams. They have two huge victories on the road, as they upset Wisconsin and they went to Champaign and beat the Illinois Fighting Illini. The last time these two teams met, the Wolverines claimed an 11-point victory at Maryland. Coming off of a big loss, we’ll see if Michigan is fired up for this one.
In other action involving ranked teams on Tuesday, Purdue will take on #15 Ohio State, the 6th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers will head to Florida to battle the Gators, and South Carolina matches up with #19 Missouri. The surging Crimson Tide of Alabama is now rated 18th, they’ll head to Baton Rouge to play LSU, and the Penn State Nittany Lions head west to take on the struggling Illinois Fighting Illini who have fallen to #22 in the rankings. It should be a fun night of college basketball action!
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