Today at 5 pm, that's right 5 pm, Cincinnati plays host to North Carolina State as part as the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. This game is pretty much the end of the run. The games that follow are Kentucky-Michigan State and Duke-Kansas. Starting in a couple of hours, it's time to let college hoops take over our lives.
This is going to be an interesting matchup. NC State was one of the most talented teams on paper last season. They lost a lot. The only memorable name from last year's squad is forward TJ Warren. He's a very good one. Both teams lost a lot. Cincinnati appears to be bringing more back and has the added advantage of playing at home. An effort like Friday night won't get it done though. This is a pretty interesting early season test for both squads. That's what this marathon is all about.
Game Time: 5 pm
Spread: UC -7
History: NC State 6-1
In Cincinnati: NC State 2-1
Last Meeting: NC State 85-77, December 23, 2007