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Pregame Shootaround: No. 14 Iowa State needs to be on upset alert tonight

R.J. Hunter, K.J. McDaniels

R.J. Hunter (AP Photo)


Earlier today, we posted a preview of the Tip-Off Marathon, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

To read about all of those games, go here.

But those aren’t the only games of the night. Here’s a look at the rest of the college hoops action:

Game of the Night: Georgia State at No. 14 Iowa State, 9:00 p.m.

Georgia State is one of the best mid-major teams in the country this season, as they trot out a trio of high-major guards in Ryan Harrow, Kevin Ware and R.J. Hunter, a future first round pick. Iowa State is talented in their own right, and they will actually be playing at a bit of a disadvantage on Monday as Jameel McKay is still not eligible. The Panthers won’t have an answer for Georges Niang, but can the Cyclones slow down GSU’s perimeter attack? If the Panthers want to get an at-large bid, this is one of those games that borders on being a must-win.

Mid-Major Matchup of the Night: Belmont at Lipscomb, 8:00 p.m.

The Battle of the Boulevard. One of the nation’s best rivalries that no one knows about. Lipscomb and Belmont are not league foes anymore, but they’ve hated each other since their NAIA days. They once packed 16,000 people into an arena to see them square off in a regular season game before either had made the jump to Division I.

Story line of the Night: Texas Southern at Indiana, 6:00 p.m.

Mike Davis will make his triumphant return to Bloomington. Davis was the man that replaced Bobby Knight as Hoosier head coach, eventually getting run out of town to make room for Kelvin Sampson. They went well, didn’t it? Anyway, he’s not the head coach at Texas Southern.

Top 25:

  • Jacksonville at No. 7 Louisville, 7:00 p.m.
  • Maryland-Eastern Shore at No. 12 Villanova, 7:00 p.m.
  • Bucknell at No. 24 Michigan, 8:00 p.m.