Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
If you listen closely you can hear the squeaking of fresh new sneakers on a cold hardwood floor. That’s because the 2018-2019 Men’s College Basketball season has begun. Finally, we can watch some basketball after hearing about how corrupt the NCAA is all summer.
Now there are a lot of basketball games played throughout the season. If you’re looking for games to watch, I’ve got you covered. Each week, I’ll pick seven games, one each day, that you should keep an eye on. I’ll give you a reason why and highlight a player or two on each team.
Today’s Game? – #18 Michigan vs. #8 Villanova
#18 Michigan Wolverines
This rematch of the championship game last year, in which Villanova beat Michigan 79-62, is the game of the week.
Players to Watch
Michigan is looking to replace three starters from last year, including star center Moe Wagner. Charles Matthews, a graduate transfer from Kentucky, returns to Michigan after testing the waters of the NBA draft pool. He is expected to be the star of the team this year.
Sophomore Jordan Poole, who saved Michigan’s season last year with his buzzer beater against Houston in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, is looking to take more of a bigger role this year. He is expected to be a starter and could have a breakout year.
#8 Villanova Wolverines
Villanova has won two of the last three championships and 136 games since the start of the 2014-15, most of any school over a four year stretch in NCAA history. However, they lose their top 4 scorers from last year, Mikal Bridges, Omari Spellman, Jalen Brunson, and Donte DiVincenzo.
Players to Watch
Senior Eric Paschall fills in for the huge hole created by Bridges departure. Having been on both championship teams, he brings a lot of experience. He is extremely versatile with the ability to shoot the 3 and rebound. Paschall is averaging 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game early on this year.
Senior Phil Booth, who also played on both championship teams, played extremely well last year before breaking his hand. Now fully recovered, he’s expected to lead this team and get the youngsters involved in the offense.
That should be enough great games to start the week. Check back in Thursday for the rest of the week.
Final Score: Villanova 79, Michigan 69
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