Just three weeks into college hoops season we’ve already experienced a mid-major upset over a traditional powerhouse (Indiana State over Indiana) and a close call to Kentucky as Vermont surged late, but fell just short.
Since we’re talking upsets, let’s look at what might be the next potential upset followed by a few that wouldn’t surprise during a time where most teams are still juggling lineups and team chemistry.
Northern Iowa vs. SMU — 9:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 22
Tate’s Take: There’s always that scary time to watch for in the Missouri Valley Conference. This year with Wichita State moved on to the AAC, all heads turn to Bennett Koch, Clint Carlson and Juwan McCloud, three players that any coach in the country would love to have playing a role for his team. The balance of inside scoring and high-volume, long-distance shooting gives the Panthers the ability to heat up rather quickly.
As for SMU, owners of four consecutive 25-win seasons, the Mustangs are confidently on their high horses (pun intended). What could potentially hurt NIU is SMU’s ability to play physical, defend and rebound. But Northern Iowa’s loss to defending national champion North Carolina benefits the Panthers with loads of top-notch experience, which should help them versus a good, not great Southern Methodist club.
Other games to keep an eye on:
- Belmont vs. Providence
- Harvard vs. Saint Mary’s College
- Stephen F. Austin vs. Mississippi State