Around the nation: No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State headlines weekend slate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Here’s a breakdown of Saturday’s best games along with a schedule of the rest of the day’s Top 25 matchups.All games are picked in bold. Happy watching.Georgia at No. 14 Kentucky, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3When you start four freshmen, every conference contest turns into a trap game. Just ask John Calipari about his masterpiece of a team that lost to unranked Arkansas in overtime on Jan. 14. But since that game, Kentucky (14-4, 4-1 Southeastern) has hit its stride at Rupp Arena and Georgia (10-7, 4-1) will be its third straight victim in front of the faithful.Texas at No. 24 Baylor, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA lot of ranked teams face road tests this weekend, but Baylor (13-5, 1-4 Big 12) will have its hands full at the Ferrell Center. The Bears have dropped four of five since the start of Big 12 play, and Texas (15-4, 4-2) is on a hot streak. After dropping their first two conference games, the Longhorns have won four straight — including wins against then-No. 8 Iowa State and No. 22 Kansas State — and will grab another upset in Waco, Texas, this weekend.No. 22 Kansas State at No. 16 Iowa State, 1:45 p.m., ESPN3With Kansas grabbing all the Big 12 headlines, these two teams have skated under the surface since the start of conference play. This matchup will present the Wildcats’ best competition moving forward, and Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) will snap a three-game skid after starting the season 14-0. Kansas State’s (14-5, 4-2) balanced attack will keep it in the game, but the Cyclones move the ball as well as any team in the nation and will snap out of their recent shooting lull.Tennessee at No. 6 Florida, 4 p.m., ESPNThis game comes down to whether or not Patric Young picks up early fouls. In the Gators’ (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern) last game against Alabama, Young sat for much of the second half with four fouls and Dorian Finney-Smith filled in nicely in his place. But that wouldn’t be the case against the Vols (12-6, 3-2). Tennessee’s veteran frontcourt of Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon would bully anyone but Young in this matchup. Unfortunately for the Vols, the senior stays disciplined and the Gators stay undefeated in SEC play.No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State, 7 p.m., ESPNIf you catch any college basketball this Saturday, settle into a spot from 7-9 p.m. for this one. Both sit atop the Big Ten standings. Both are undefeated in the conference. And, well, both schools are in Michigan. The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0 Big Ten) beat No. 10 Iowa earlier this week and have been one of the bigger surprises in the country as of late. But the seasoned Spartans (18-1, 7-0), led by Gary Harris, Keith Appling and an impenetrable frontcourt, pluck their in-state foes off Cloud 9.Florida State at No. 18 Duke, noon, ESPNNo. 10 Iowa at Northwestern, noon, Big Ten NetworkNo. 2 Syracuse at Miami, 1 p.m., CBSNo. 4 Villanova at Marquette, 2 p.m., Fox Sports 1West Virginia at No. 11 Oklahoma State, 2 p.m., ESPN2No. 25 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 4 p.m., ESPN3No. 9 Wisconsin at Purdue, 5 p.m., Big Ten NetworkNo. 20 Pittsburgh at Maryland, 6 p.m., ESPN2No. 5 Wichita State at Drake, 8:05 p.m.No. 8 Kansas at Texas Christian, 9 p.m., ESPNUNo. 7 San Diego State at Utah State, 11 p.m., ESPNU Comments Published on January 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more