Here is a weekend preview of some of the best games of the week in College Basketball. This includes matchups of Tennessee at Memphis, Gonzaga vs Texas Tech and Marquette at Xavier.
(18) Tennessee at Memphis
Tennessee will be looking to get a quality win over Memphis. It begins with the play of Kennedy Chandler being the catalyst for the Tennessee offense. Next, the consistent play of Olivier Nkamhoua will be important for Tennessee establishing their interior presence. Additionally, John Fulkerson’s versatility will be important on the offensive end. The additional guard play of Josiah Jordan-James and Santiago Vescovi will be key in their roles for Tennessee. The ability for Tennessee to defend on the wing against Memphis will be important throughout.
Memphis was able to show life with a major win over Alabama and has a great opportunity against Tennessee. Now, the consistent play of DeAndre Williams is huge for Memphis on both ends of the floor. As well as, Jalen Duren emerging as a focal point in the paint for Memphis being more efficient. The consistent shooting and scoring of Landers Nolley will be a important aspect for Memphis. Furthermore, the ability for Memphis to get the offense going will be the key for them against Tennessee.
Matchup to Watch: Josiah Jordan-James vs DeAndre Williams
Prediction: Tennessee 73 Memphis 68
(5) Gonzaga vs (25) Texas Tech
Gonzaga will have an opportunity to showcase it’s growth as a team against Texas Tech. Next, the ability to establish Drew Timme will be vital for Gonzaga to get their offense clicking. As well as, having Julian Strawther being a knockdown shooter for Gonzaga. Additionally, the table setting ability of Andrew Nembhard will set the tone for Gonzaga. Furthermore, Chet Holmgren will be able to attack the Texas Tech front court with his skill set.
Now, this a tremendous opportunity for Texas Tech to get a marquee win against Gonzaga. The skill set of Kevin McCullar on both ends is key for Texas Tech with his scoring, size and versatility. Continued, the ability to get Terrance Shannon Jr.’s scoring going for Texas Tech is vital in this game. The depth of Texas Tech is important having scoring options in Adonis Arms. Also, the shooting ability of Davion Warren must be consistent for Texas Tech in this game. The front court defense of Texas Tech will be important for them in this matchup.
Matchup to Watch: Kevin McCullar vs Julian Strawther
Prediction: Gonzaga 80 Texas Tech 72
Marquette at (22) Xavier
This is a terrific opportunity for Marquette to continue to build a strong resume against Xavier. Also, Jamal Lewis will be the tone setter for Marquette on the interior. Additionally, the scoring ability of Greg Elliot off the bench is key for Marquette’s depth. Continued, Tyler Kolek’s shooting will be key for Marquette to get the offense going. Now, the defensive ability of Daryl Morsell will be important in slowing down Paul Scruggs.
Xavier will look to keep it’s momentum going in the best season in the Travis Steele era. Now, the return of Zach Freemantle is crucial adding his versatility and scoring ability offensively. As well as, having Paul Sruggs who’s toughness and playmaking is vital for Xavier. Now, the scoring of Colby Jones is key for Xavier being the primary wing option. Along with, getting steady play from Jerome Hunter on the interior. The depth of Xavier is very important with having Adam Kunkel and Jack Nunge. Xavier’s consistency with lineups will allow Xavier to take the next step in their season.
Matchup to Watch: Jamal Lewis vs Zach Freemantle
Prediction: Xavier 72 Marquette 67
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