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Sport Big 12 dominates what we are watching this weekend in college basketball

15:50  13 january  2018
15:50  13 january  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Watch: Bill Walton was ready to light some grass on TV

  Watch: Bill Walton was ready to light some grass on TV Watching Bill Walton call a college basketball game on national television, you never know quite what you’re going to get. The retired hoops icon was working Thursday’s game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Utah Utes on ESPN, when some classic Bill Walton hijinks ensued. Walton pulled out what appeared to be braided stalks of sweetgrass (Utah head coach Larry Krystowiak has something of a tradition of burning sweetgrass in the team’s locker room) and seemed ready to light up on TV.Bill Walton doing weed on TV pic.twitter.

With conference play in full swing midway through the month of January, two showdowns in the Big 12 Conference and one in the Big East highlight that games we are watching this weekend in college basketball .

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With conference play in full swing midway through the month of January, two showdowns in the Big 12 Conference and one in the Big East highlight that games we are watching this weekend in college basketball.

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Big 12 and Big East showdowns top what we are watching this weekend in college basketball . The Big 12 and Big East take center stage this weekend in college basketball with contests between West Virginia and Texas and Xavier and Seton Hall.

The Big 12 takes center stage this weekend in college basketball with contests between West Virginia and Texas Tech and TCU adn Oklahoma.

A breakdown of the top five matchups:

No. 2 West Virginia at No. 8 Texas Tech

Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Big 12 is shaping up as the deepest conference in the country. If the Mountaineers can separate themselves further from the tough field with a road win, the next couple of months in Morgantown could be very interesting indeed. The Red Raiders sustained their first league loss at Oklahoma after an eye-opening victory at Kansas but are still among the conference’s pleasant surprises.

No. 16 TCU at No. 9 Oklahoma

Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Speaking of pleasant surprises. ...  Everybody in Norman knew about Trae Young’s stellar high school career, but he rapidly played himself into the national player of the year conversation. He’ll look to keep it going against the Horned Frogs, who’ve run into some tough luck since being one of the last teams to taste defeat this season. TCU has now dropped three of its four conference games by a total of six points, including Wednesday night’s double-overtime setback at Texas when a last-second layup somehow rimmed out.

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Big Ten showdown highlights what we are watching this weekend in college basketball . Michigan State and Purdue face off in the Big Ten to highlight the top games of the college basketball weekend .

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. What I'm watching this weekend in college basketball . Saturday, 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2. The Jayhawks are coming off another loss at home, and they look vulnerable in the Big 12 .

No. 22 Creighton at No. 10 Xavier

Saturday, 2 p.m. ET, Fox

No team in the country is happier than the Musketeers to be coming home. That’s especially true of Xavier’s leading scorer Trevon Bluiett, who struggled mightily in losses at Providence and Villanova. The Blue Jays come into Cincinnati on a four-game winning streak.

Michigan at No. 4 Michigan State

Saturday, noon ET, Fox

Since a brief elevation to No. 1, the Spartans have been crunched by Ohio State then needed a late rally to escape Rutgers in overtime. The Wolverines get another opportunity for a resume builder after coming up just short against Purdue earlier in the week.

No. 19 Miami (Fla.) at No. 17 Clemson

Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPNU

The Tigers are also glad to be home after a quick turnaround from their late Thursday contest at N.C. State. The Hurricanes, in action for the first time since Sunday’s home win against Florida State, should be better rested but still face a tough challenge on the road.

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