It is a new era here at Stranded Sports as we transition towards more college related content including the reboot of the Stranded in the Paint podcast which will be released weekly until the end of March Madness.
This weekend is filled with some very intriguing matchups so lets break down to top five games to watch this weekend for AP Top 25 teams.
5. Saturday 2/20 1:00 p.m. FOX UConn Vs. 10. Villanova
After dropping their last game against Creighton Villanova is looking to get back in the win column. The Wildcats are led by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl who is averaging 15.6 points per game and also leading the team with 7.3 rebounds per game. This is a very crucial matchup for both sides as UConn is just two games back from the top spot in the conference in their first year back in the BigEast. Nova will look to stay atop of the Big East standings at the end of Saturday's matinee.
4. Saturday 2/20 3:30 p.m. 5. Illinois Vs. Minnesota 3:30 p.m.
The Golden Gophers are quietly having one of their better seasons in recent history posting an overall record of 13-9. But they have struggled in the conference portion of their schedule posting a record of 6-9. Marcus Carr has led the Golden Gophers this year putting up 19 points per game and posted 16 points his last time out against the Fighting Illini. Along with Kofi Cockburn Ayo Dosunmu was been a force for the Illni offense who is averaging an impressive 21 points per game.
3. Saturday 2/20 2:00 p.m. ESPN 15. Texas Tech Vs. 23. Kansas
After struggling through the month of January the Kansas Jayhawks have turned it on during the month of February as they have won five of their last six games as Ochai Agbaji has led KU in the scoring department averaging 13 points per game. Last time out against the Red Raiders he put up 23 points in the win over Texas Tech back in December. Texas Tech has had their last three games cancelled due to a multitude of reasons including a cancellation due to Covid-19 in Baylor's program and two games against TCU due to weather. The Red Raiders are led by Mac McClung who is averaging 17 points per game and in the last game against the Jayhawks the junior guard put up 21 points in their losing effort.
2. Saturday 2/20 3:00 p.m. ABC 13. West Virginia Vs. 12. Texas
West Virginia dropped a tough game last weekend at the hands of Oklahoma in double overtime losing that game 91-90 at home. They were able to move one spot up in the AP poll after defeating Texas Tech on February 9th. Miles McBride has been stellar this season averaging 16.2 points per game for the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers are looking to break a stalemate that they have with the Longhorns as both are coming into this game with a 7-4 record in conference play. Andrew Jones played well in his first game against WVU this season contributing 16 points in that game. Should be a great matchup.
1 Sunday 2/21 1:00 p.m. CBS 3. Michigan Vs. 4. Ohio State
Another big Sunday afternoon showdown for the Michigan Wolverines as they look to extend their win streak to five games as they hit the road and face-off against the Ohio State Buckeyes Sunday afternoon in Columbus. Young buck Hunter Dickinson has been a force for the Wolverines as he is leading the team in two major categories points and rebounds. He is logging 14 points and seven boards per game. EJ Liddell has also been a stat sheet stuffer 15 points and six rebounds per game. This one is undoubtedly one of the top matchup of the weekend.