Tonight’s marquee matchup is Purdue vs. Tennessee. Each team has somewhat struggled lately, with Purdue outlasting South Dakota State by 11, and Tennessee having a squeaker vs. DePaul. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel is the player to watch, as one of our 2nd team All-Americans is shooting 50% from the floor through his first two games, although just 33% from three. It will be interesting to see if Purdue’s great defense (5th nationally last year) can stop Tennessee’s offense (21st nationally last year, although much better from 2 than from 3). Another thing to watch will be the rebounding: Tennessee had the nation’s 5th tallest team last year.
Other games for your viewing pleasure are at the Maui invitational. Cincy and Vandy are currently going toe to toe, and Wisconsin-Arizona takes place later on.
Earlier today, Gonzaga struggled with Colorado, who I called terrible yesterday. I still think they’re terrible, it’s just that Gonzaga isn’t any good.