Pregame Shootaround: Showdowns in the Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic 10

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Game of the Night: Kansas State at No. 9 Iowa State, 7:00 p.m.

Kansas State the biggest disappointment of the non-conference season in the Big 12, if not in the country. But the Wildcats have bounced back, winning four of their first five games in league play. They’ll have their work cut out for them on Tuesday, however, as they make the trip to Ames to take on an Iowa State team that just beat Kansas in Hilton Coliseum.

The Other Game of the Night: No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 Wisconsin, 9:00 p.m.

Have we reached a point where we can actually trust Iowa yet? The talent is there for the Hawkeyes, and the results have been of late, but this group has developed a pretty well-deserved reputation for collapsing, whether it be down the stretch of a game or the stretch of a season. If they’re going to pick off Wisconsin, it might as well be in a game where the Badgers are playing without Trae Jackson.

Who’s Getting Upset?: No. 22 Dayton at Davidson, 7:30 p.m.

Dayton has been a terrific story over the last month, winning eight straight games after kicking their only two big men off of the team. But this is a road game in league play against a good Davidson team that can flat-out shoot the ball. It will be interesting to see if the Flyers can make it through this text.

Five Things to Watch For

1. LSU at Florida, 7:00 p.m.: This could end up being a big game for both teams once March comes around.

2. Vanderbilt at No. 1 Kentucky, 7:00 p.m.: Which Kentucky team shows up tonight?

3. Tennessee at South Carolina, 9:00 p.m.: I thought South Carolina was the third best team in the SEC entering league play. They’re 1-3 in the conference right now. Tennessee is 3-1.

4. Ole Miss at Georgia, 7:00 p.m.: There’s an argument to be made that these are the two hottest non-Kentucky teams in the SEC.

5. Boston College at Syracuse, 7:00 p.m.: On Saturday, the Orange lost their first game since Chris McCullough got injured. Can they bounce back against BC?