Dayton Flyers at Miami Hurricanes: Noon ESPN2
Why watch this game? Well, to put it frankly, it’s the only game in the time slot where we know the matchup as of this article. Granted, the Battle for Atlantis will most likely give you better teams, neither of those teams will have Isaiah Wong.
Wong remains one of the best players in the nation that no one seems to care about. You may see me or others tweeting about him during ‘Canes games but until you watch him play you cannot understand just how good he is on a team that gives him almost no help.
Dayton has done nothing but depreciate since Obi Toppen moved on and this game has the potential to be ugly basketball. Do yourself a favor and give Wong a watch, you won’t be disappointed.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs Iona Gaels: 4:00 PM
One of the best teams in the nation (Alabama) takes on one of the most polarizing head coaches in NCAA history in Rick Pitino. The game will take place at the ESPN Events Center in Orlando, FL. There is no channel listed for the broadcast but it’s hard to believe that this game will not be available somewhere.
While ‘Bama is widely considered a top 15 team, Iona is quietly 5-0 on the season. Pitino has brought a nice trio to Iona in Tyson Jolly (SMU), Quinn Slazinski (Louisville), and Elijah Joiner (Tulsa). The imports make up three of the Gaels top five scorers and al averaging at least 26 minutes per game.
You can fully expect Alabama to win the game but Pitino may have just enough talent to go with those coaching chops to make this contest interesting.
Belmont Bruins vs Drake Bulldogs: 7:30 PM ESPNU
Another game from Orlando, this may prove to be the best game of the holiday. While the Bruins are only 3-2 on the season, their losses have come against the Ohio Bobcats and the LSU Tigers. They also own a very nice win over a Furman team that has defeated Louisville this season.
Drake finally played someone worth mentioning when they defeated Richmond this past weekend. The Bulldogs are waiting for ShanQuan Hemphill to find his footing this season which makes the win over Richmond even more impressive. Darian DeVries is attempting to continue the magic from last season but this team needs to be firing on all cylinders if they are going to take down a Casey Alexander-led Bruins team.
Other Games to Consider
UAB Blazers vs New Mexico Lobos-7:00PM EST-Fox Sports 1
Richard Pitino’s Lobos will be a double digit underdog in this game. Can he prove that this 4-1 start is the sign of a good team?
Maryland Terrapins vs Richmond Spiders- 7:00PM EST-CBSSN
Maryland may not be as good as their 4-1 record indicates while Richmond may not be as bad as their 3-2 record indicates. Can the Spiders defeat a good team? We are going to find out some things on turkey day.
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