What to Watch For – February 8

Check in with MIKEDROPSPORTS each day to read about what to watch in the world of sports that day/night, with fun facts about each game.

College Basketball

Two games featuring top 25 teams facing one another – #23 Oklahoma goes to #11 Texas Tech and #15 UNC faces $18 NC State.

NC State has had a really strong season, losing just once to Wisconsin. UNC is 11-3, with respectable losses to Kentucky, Texas, and Michigan. The big thingto watch for the Tar Heels is when (or if ever) they will unleash their star freshman Nassir Little. Little is averaging an underwhelming 10.5 ppg and Roy Williams has shown little patience for pushing the freshman into a star role.

Texas Tech has had an excellent season, with their only loss coming in NYC to Duke. While Oklahoma’s only losses have come to Wisconsin and Kansas. Life after Trae Young has treated the Sooners nicely.

Other big games include Texas A&M @ Kentucky and St John’s @ Villanova. The Johnnies are 14-1 overall and while Villanova has struggled, losing 4 games out of conference, before the Red Storm can be taken seriously, they need to beat the champs to earn respect.

NBA

Timberwolves visit Oklahoma City to face the Thunder, in the debut of Ryan Saunders, the NBA’s newest youngest coach at 32 years old. Saunders replaces Tom Thibodeau, who was fired Sunday after a 22 point WIN against the Lakers.

Hornets vs Clippers – First meeting between these teams since they made a draft day trade, swapping Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Miles Bridges. Bridges is averaging 6.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg, averaging just 19.5 minutes per game. Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 10.2 ppg and just 2.9 apg, but playing 26.4 mpg. Neither rookie has been a major difference maker thus far, but both have shown promise.

Hawks @ Toronto – There isn’t much excitement as the Raptors have one of the league’s best records and the Hawks have one of the worst. But with Jeremy Lin averaging 10 ppg off the bench for the Hawks, this is a good time to look back at one of the best highlights of his career and an all-time epic highlight.

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Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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