basketball-men-d1 flag

Andy Katz, Correspondent | November 13, 2017

The Daily Word: Monday, Nov. 13

  Ed Cooley has a chance to notch a huge home win when Minnesota comes to town.

What you need to know in college basketball for Monday, Nov. 13:

1. Providence vs. Minnesota in the Gavitt Games could be a Sweet 16 matchup in March. Playing this game on the first Monday of the season won't dictate the path for either squad. But let's be honest here, a road win by Richard Pitino (a Providence alumnus) would be huuuuuge. This would show the Big Ten and the country that the Golden Gophers aren't messing around. The Friars need to hold serve here at home with a quick turnaround to New York later in the week for what could be a showdown with Virginia Tech Friday night. The Friars could pick up three significant wins in the week (Washington too) or suddenly be soul searching if they're nipped by the Gophers.

2. Georgia Southern needs to show it's no fluke by beating Bakersfield. The shocking road win over Wake Forest will have shelf life if Georgia Southern takes care of a pesky Bakersfield. This is not likely an at-large team but building momentum off a season-opening shocker is a must.

MORE: Full Monday schedule

3. Tulsa has to bounce back after the home loss to Lamar. That won't be easy against city rival Oral Roberts. The Golden Hurricane didn't shoot well in the loss and got limited production out of key personnel. This is a gut check game less than a week into the season.

4. How Iowa State responds after getting handled by Mizzou will be critical at home against Milwaukee. This Cyclones team is rebuilding after losing a glut of seniors. But confidence is needed and should come against the Panthers. 

5. The night begins and ends with critical games for the elite teams from the smallest state in the union. Rhode Island is at Nevada and the Rams will be tested by the Mountain West contender. A true road win for Rhody in Reno would go a long way toward posting this team's ego and confidence going forward into what should be a stellar season. 

College basketball awards: 20 point guards named to 2020 Bob Cousy Award preseason watch list

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 20 preseason candidates for the 2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.

Duke expects more balance in post-Zion Williamson era

Yes, the Blue Devils will be among the favorites to advance to the Final Four in Atlanta and cut down the nets as national champions. But there's a noticeable void as Duke prepares for its 40th season under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. It's the post-Zion era in Durham.

9 'glue guys' that will be key leaders in the 2019-20 men's basketball season

Andy Katz labels nine dependable leaders, or 'glue guys,' for the 2019-20 season that will keep their teams closely knit and prepared for a possible March Madness run.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners