Monday, November 21, 2011

On Today: 11/21/2011

Memphis vs. Michigan (ESPN2, 3 p.m. Eastern)
The first Maui quarterfinal is a tasty morsel to kick off Feast Week. Michigan likes to play a 1-3-1 zone, which requires patience and poise to attack -- something that Memphis generally lacks. It's also vulnerable inside. Memphis' bigs end up in foul trouble more often than not, but Beilein's three-heavy offensive system doesn't draw a lot of fouls.

Duke vs. Tennessee (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m. Eastern)
The Maui field is chock full of high-profile programs, but a few of them, like Tennessee, are in a bit of down cycle. Other than Memphis/Michigan, the real fireworks might not start until the semifinals. Tennessee will play hard, but beating the Devils is probably beyond the pale.

Missouri vs. Notre Dame (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. Eastern)
The Irish get Tim Abromaitis back from a four-game suspension due to, seriously, playing in two exhibition games before his sophomore season. It's a little more complicated than that, and I suppose we should applaud the NCAA for being somewhat reasonable and docking him only four games instead of taking his entire year of eligibility away, but man, some of these rules are archaic.

California vs. Georgia (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m. Eastern)
I liked Cal to win the Pac 12 before the season, and with the way UCLA and Arizona have played to start the year, I like them even more now. This and the Mizzou-ND game are the semifinals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City.

Chaminade vs. UCLA (ESPNU, 9:30 p.m. Eastern)
The Bruins have started the season disastrously, but a loss to the Divsion III Silverswords would still raise some eyebrows.

Georgetown vs. Kansas (ESPN2, midnight Eastern)
This has the potential to be the second-most interesting Maui quarterfinal. Kansas has a bunch of guys you've never heard of, but they hung with Kentucky for a half in Madison Square Garden last week. Georgetown is being described by many as sort of an unknown quantity this season. Jason Clark surprised me by taking a big step forward in his junior season; he'll need to take another one this year if Georgetown is going to compete in the Big East.

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