Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 12/2/11
Saturday, Dec. 3 North Carolina (6-1) at Kentucky (6-0) When: Noon Where: Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena (23,500) Fast break: This might be a matchup of the top two teams in the nation. Certainly they are the most talented. UK starts three freshmen, so maybe this is the best time of year for the more experienced Tar Heels to get them. But keep in mind, UNC won last years game in Chapel Hill but lost in the East Region Finals to the Wildcats. This should be a racehorse game, and the winner likely will be the team that is more efficient from the free throw line and avoids a key player or two getting into foul trouble. UNCs cage was rattled last week, and it will serve the Tar Heels well for some time. Forecast: UNC, 85-80. Longwood (2-5) at Virginia (6-1) When: 1 p.m. Where: Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena (16,500) Fast break: No way Longwood goes into JPJ and comes away with a win. UVa is too big and shoots too well from the perimeter. Forecast: Virginia, 77-55. Massachusetts (6-2) at Miami (4-2) When: 1 p.m. Where: Coral Gables, FL, BankUnited Center (7,000) Fast break: The Minutemen are a solid, athletic team that can give the Hurricanes a run. They could win the rebounding battle, which could lead to run outs. Miami is much better in the backcourt, but the Canes have to involve more of an interior game as it waits for Reggie Johnsons return. Forecast: Miami, 67-61. Richmond (5-2) at Wake Forest (5-2) When: 1 p.m. Where: Winston-Salem, NC, Joel Coliseum (14,665) Fast break: The Spiders are always at least solid, if not very good. Their best win is by 5 points over Rutgers, and two losses are to Davidson by 13 and Illinois by 9. Wake has been up and down, but has won consecutive games over Texas Tech on a neutral floor and at Nebraska. The Demon Deacons are improved, but still arent very good. Forecast: Wake, 58-56. Boston U. (3-4) at Boston College (2-5) When: 2 p.m. Where: Chestnut Hill, MA, Conte Forum (8,600) Fast break: City battle should have a solid environment. But with BC being so young and the Terriers improving with each game they own a win over Rhode Island this could be another tough outing for the Eagles. Forecast: Boston U., 66-59. Georgia Tech (4-3) at Tulane (8-0) When: 5:30 p.m. Where: New Orleans, Fogelman Arena (3,600) Fast break: The Green Wave is undefeated but hasnt really played anyone. Navy or Southern might be their toughest opponents so far. The Yellow Jackets, though, still face a significant challenge. Tulane will play with confidence, it is a road game, and Fogelman Arena has long been a difficult place for road teams to play. Forecast: Tulane, 71-66. Sunday, Dec. 4 South Carolina (2-4) at Clemson (4-2) When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Clemson, SC, Littlejohn Coliseum (11,000) Fast break: The Gamecocks are really struggling, but toss that out for this game. They are likely to hit perimeter shots and get some turnovers they hadnt been forcing. The Tigers need to be physical in the paint, get quality play from its young point guards, and get a solid game from Milton Jennings. Forecast: Clemson, 72-58. N.C. State (5-2) at Stanford (6-1) When: 4 p.m. Where: Palo Alto, CA, Maples Pavilion (7,392) Fast break: Huge game for the Wolfpack. With Wednesdays home loss to Indiana, and Syracuse visiting soon, there arent many more opportunities to register wins that will impress the NCAA selection committee aside from ACC games. The Cardinal is improved from a year ago and may surprise State with its speed and quickness. The pack must dominate the glass and buckle down on defense, especially when it needs a stop. Forecast: Stanford, 81-72. Maryland (3-3) vs. Notre Dame (5-3) When: 4:45 p.m. Where: Washington, D.C., Verizon Center (20,173) Fast break: The Irish must make do for the rest of the season without Tom Abromaitis, but remains a formidable opponent for the struggling Terrapins. Both teams are relying on some new players, though Maryland at least has some experienced guards back. That should be the difference. Forecast: Maryland, 61-57. Kansas State (4-0) at Virginia Tech (5-2) When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Blacksburg, VA, Cassell Coliseum (9,847) Fast break: If Seth Greenberg wants to avoid the NCAA fence in March his team needs to beat the Wildcats, especially after falling at Minnesota the other night. K-State is a solid club that is coming off a 13-point win over George Washington. The Hokies need some balance in their scoring to better their chances. Forecast: VT, 65-62. Andrew Jones record 62-13
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