Welcome to The Weekly Slate. Each week, we'll beryllium highlighting the biggest games betwixt apical teams, games that could signifier the fringes of the NCAA Tournament tract -- we're present little than 2 months from Selection Sunday -- and apical NBA prospects for the upcoming week. Think of it arsenic portion preview, portion viewing guide. Here's the archetypal edition.
This week is already disconnected to a large start, with No. 3 Purdue eeking retired a 64-63 victory astatine Michigan State. Zach Edey scored precisely fractional -- 32 -- of the Boilermakers' points, and Tyson Walker's 30 points weren't rather capable for the Spartans. Tom Izzo's clump entered the crippled 42nd successful the NET Rankings, and portion determination volition beryllium much resume-building opportunities, this is 1 hurt. It was the Spartans' 2nd one-point nonaccomplishment to a top-10 squad this season, with the archetypal coming against Gonzaga successful November.
This week's apical games
No. 2 Kansas astatine No. 13 Kansas State (Tuesday, 7 p.m. connected ESPN) -- Kansas has won 15 of the past 16 Sunflower Showdowns, but this is arsenic bully of a accidental arsenic immoderate the Wildcats person had implicit that span. Keyontae Johnson (18.4 ppg) and Markquis Nowell (17.1 ppg) are the 2nd highest-scoring duo successful the large conferences, lone down Arizona's Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo.
Kansas, meanwhile, comes successful connected a 10-game winning streak, the sixth-longest progressive streak successful Division I, and the Jayhawks are getting it done late: a cleanable 8-0 this play successful games decided by six points oregon fewer. Jalen Wilson is averaging 19.8 points and 8.9 rebounds, numbers nary Jayhawk has deed for an full play since Wayne Simien successful 2004-05. Wilson's besides a terrific defender, and his matchup with Johnson volition beryllium a large one.
No. 7 Texas astatine No. 12 Iowa State (Tuesday, 8 p.m. connected Big 12+/ESPN+) -- Texas is conscionable 2-9 successful its past 11 visits to Hilton Coliseum, and tonight's travel could beryllium arsenic pugnacious arsenic any. Iowa State's defence ranks 5th successful the state successful ratio and archetypal successful turnover percentage. It's hard to adjacent get shots -- overmuch little marque shots -- against the Cyclones. Texas mightiness conscionable person the answer, though: The Longhorns' discourtesy ranks top-50 nationally successful turnover percent and whitethorn beryllium capable to instrumentality vantage inside. Texas ranks 12th nationally successful shooting percent astatine the rim, portion Iowa State is the worst squad successful Division I successful shooting percent allowed astatine the rim.
Keep an oculus connected the backcourt conflict with Marcus Carr and erstwhile Cyclone standout Tyrese Hunter facing Jaren Holmes and Tamin Lipsey. Iowa State is 12-1 erstwhile Holmes scores successful treble figures and 1-2 erstwhile helium doesn't.
No. 22 Providence astatine No. 20 Marquette (Wednesday, 9 p.m. connected CBS Sports Network) -- After struggling to find his footing astatine Kentucky, erstwhile blue-chip enlistee Bryce Hopkins has go a unit astatine Providence. He's 1 of 2 Big East players averaging astatine slightest 16 points and 9 rebounds this season, helium leads the league successful escaped throws attempted and is 2nd successful escaped throws made. Look for Olivier-Maxence Prosper and Oso Ighodaro to beryllium keys to limiting him. On the different end, Marquette has the nation's No. 2 violative efficiency, with astir of the harm coming wrong the arc -- the nonstop country Providence has struggled to support successful league play.
No. 23 Rutgers astatine Michigan State (Thursday, 6:30 p.m. connected FS1) -- Michigan State could truly usage this one, and the Spartans should person a bully chance. Rutgers is 11-2 this twelvemonth astatine location but conscionable 2-2 connected the road, and the Scarlet Knights person ne'er won successful East Lansing, Michigan. Rutgers has the nation's No. 3 antiaircraft efficiency, and Cam Spencer (46.7% connected 3-pointers) has been terrific precocious with 44 points implicit the past 2 contests.
Indiana astatine Illinois (Thursday, 8:30 p.m. connected FS1) -- These 2 teams mightiness beryllium the astir talented-yet-inconsistent squads successful the Big Ten, and portion both should be successful decent signifier for an NCAA Tournament bid, they some person bigger goals than that. Illinois seems to person breached retired of a lull with 4 consecutive wins, and the defence is the main cause: No hostile has breached the 70-point people during the streak. Indiana emerged retired of a three-game skid with a 63-45 triumph against then-No. 18 Wisconsin but is conscionable 1-5 successful Quad 1 games this year, with 4 of the 5 losses successful blowout fashion.
No. 14 TCU astatine No. 2 Kansas (Saturday, 1 p.m. connected CBS) -- In the Big 12, there's nary remainder for the weary, and that rings particularly existent for Kansas close now. This volition beryllium its 3rd consecutive crippled against a top-15 opponent, and TCU volition beryllium a carnal conflict for Bill Self's group. The Horned Frogs instrumentality bully attraction of the basketball, deed the violative solid hard and sprout a batch of escaped throws. So acold successful Big 12 play, astir 65% of their points person travel wrong the arc, the highest complaint successful the conference. They're caller disconnected an awesome triumph implicit Kansas State successful which they dumped successful 54 points successful the paint. For arsenic bully arsenic Kansas is, its rim defence (58.1% shooting allowed astatine the rim, 184th successful D-I) tin beryllium spotty.
No. 5 UCLA astatine No. 11 Arizona (Saturday, 2 p.m. connected ABC) -- The 2 preseason Pac-12 favorites are heading successful other directions astatine the moment. UCLA has won 13 consecutive games, the third-longest progressive winning streak successful D-I, portion Arizona has dropped 2 of three, with blowout losses to Washington State and Oregon sandwiching a triumph astatine Oregon State.
The Wildcats inactive person 1 of the nation's champion offenses, with top-10 marks successful efficiency, 2-point percent and assistance rate, but they desperately request Kerr Kriisa to interruption retired of a mini-slump. He's changeable 9 of 34 implicit his past 3 games, including 7 of 29 connected 3-pointers. Things mightiness not get easier against a terrific UCLA defence that's allowed the lowest 3-point percent successful Pac-12 play.
Three NBA prospects to watch
Check retired the 2023 CBS Sports NBA Draft Prospect Rankings.
- Alabama guardant Brandon Miller's vocation precocious is 36 points against Gonzaga backmost successful December, but his 31-point, nine-rebound outing against LSU connected Saturday mightiness person been adjacent better. He went 11 of 16 from the tract and 7 of 11 from deep, and helium played lone 24 minutes. He'll get different accidental astatine a large crippled against Vanderbilt, which has the SEC's second-worst antiaircraft ratio successful league play, connected Tuesday. Miller is No. 3 successful the CBS Sports NBA Draft Prospect Rankings and leds the CBS Sports Freshman Rankings.
- Baylor's Keyonte George poured successful a career-high 32 points past week successful a roadworthy triumph astatine Oklahoma State, and the Bears volition request him to play good again Tuesday astatine Texas Tech. George's 20 points per crippled connected the roadworthy leads each freshmen. He's sixth successful the imaginable rankings.
- After an abysmal six-point outing against Maryland connected New Year's Day, Michigan's Jett Howard has averaged 18.5 points implicit his past 4 games connected 50% 3-point shooting, with a 34-point outing against Iowa past week. Howard gets a 2nd accidental against Maryland connected Thursday. He's 21st successful the imaginable rankings.
Odds and ends
- The 2 longest progressive winning streaks successful Division I beryllium to... No. 18 Charleston (18 straight) and No. 24 FAU (16 straight). The Cougars visit Monmouth while the Owls caput to UTSA on Thursday.
- Detroit's Antoine Davis, caller disconnected breaking the D-I vocation 3-point record, is up to 3,232 vocation points. He needs 18 points Saturday against IUPUI to walk Freeman Williams for second-most points successful D-I history. Pete Maravich holds the grounds with 3,667.