Syracuse has never lost five straight games during Jim Boeheim’s 34-year coaching tenure. That it could happen after tonight’s game at UConn is sending shockwaves through the Orange fan base.
So how about a UConn angle? Kemba Walker’s recent shooting struggles have been overlooked because of Jeremy Lamb’s emergence and a few clutch plays by Walker. But he needs a big game as much as the Orange need a win.
And that satisfies our downer portion of What to Watch.
Duke at Maryland, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Terps usually have this game circled on the calendar before the season even begins. Now there’s a chance to hand Duke its second straight loss? They’re gonna be amped in College Station.
Marquette at Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPNU): The Eagles are 2-4 on the road this season, with wins coming at Wisconsin Milwaukee and Rutgers. Meanwhile, the Wildcats (17-4) have lost three of their last four. This is my way of saying I’m not sure what to expect in this game.
Missouri at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2): It’s a bad time for the Tigers to get their second road win of the season. When you’re talking about a winter wonderland, the advantage goes to the home team. Even if said home team has lost five of its last six.
B YU at Wyoming, 8 p.m. (mtn): A Casper Star-Tribune blog posed this question on Tuesday: Is Jimmer Fredette the most hyped player to play at the Double-A? I remember much ado about Shawn Bradley (mostly as an overhyped string bean) and Keith Van Horn earning some acclaim. But perhaps it’s when Pervis Ellison and Louisville came to Laramie the year after winning the national title. Yeah, that might qualify.
Toledo at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Longwood at Colgate, 7 p.m.
Syracuse vs. Connecticut at the XL Center, Hartford, Conn., 7 p.m.
Towson at Drexel, 7 p.m.
George Washington at Duquesne, 7 p.m.
Temple at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Albany, N.Y. at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Va. Commonwealth at Northeastern, 7 p.m.
South Florida at Providence, 7 p.m.
Fordham at Rhode Island, 7 p.m.
Marquette at Villanova, 7 p.m.
Seton Hall at West Virginia, 7 p.m.
Rutgers at St. John’s, 9 p.m.
W. Carolina at Elon, 7 p.m.
Hofstra at George Mason, 7 p.m.
UNC Wilmington at Georgia St., 7 p.m.
William & Mary at James Madison, 7 p.m.
Tulsa at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech at N.C. State, 7 p.m.
Delaware at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s at Richmond, 7 p.m.
Appalachian St. at UNC Greensboro, 7 p.m.
Xavier at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Mississippi St. at Alabama, 8 p.m.
South Carolina at LSU, 8 p.m.
Cent. Arkansas at Northwestern St., 8 p.m.
Rice at Tulane, 8 p.m.
Southern Miss. at UAB, 8 p.m.
Duke at Maryland, 9 p.m.
Clemson at Virginia, 9 p.m.
Minnesota at Indiana, 6:30 p.m.
Akron at E. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Kent St. at W. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Ohio at Cent. Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
Nebraska at Kansas St., 8 p.m.
Bowling Green at N. Illinois, 8 p.m.
Illinois St. at N. Iowa, 8 p.m.
Massachusetts at Saint Louis, 8 p.m.
Missouri St. at Evansville, 8:05 p.m.
Drake at S. Illinois, 8:05 p.m.
Michigan St. at Iowa, 8:35 p.m.
St. Bonaventure at Dayton, 9 p.m.
East Carolina at SMU, 8 p.m.
Nicholls St. at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 p.m.
SE Louisiana at Lamar, 8:05 p.m.
Stephen F.Austin at Texas St., 8:30 p.m.
Texas-Arlington at UTSA, 8:30 p.m.
Georgia at Arkansas, 9 p.m.
Missouri at Oklahoma St., 9 p.m.
UCF at UTEP, 9:05 p.m.
BYU at Wyoming, 8 p.m.
San Diego St. at Colorado St., 9 p.m.
CS Bakersfield at S. Utah, 9 p.m.
Utah at UNLV, 10:30 p.m.
Southern Cal at UCLA, 11 p.m.
Nevada at Utah St., 11:05 p.m.
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