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College basketball preview: Feb. 1, 2013

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Top five games

5 Oklahoma State at No. 2 Kansas » The Jayhawks have won 18 straight, but their margin of error has been thin, with their last three victories on the road coming by no more than five points. Saturday is a welcome return home to Lawrence, but a dangerous foe awaits in the Cowboys, who beat Iowa State on Wednesday on a shot with three seconds left by freshman Marcus Smart. (Saturday, 4 p.m.)

4 No. 25 Marquette at No. 12 Louisville » In a light Super Sunday schedule, this is the only college game matching ranked teams. Louisville (17-4) broke its three-game losing skid Monday at home against Pittsburgh 64-61. Overachieving Marquette (15-4) has won two Big East games in overtime and another by one point. Vander Blue (14.8 ppg) leads the Golden Eagles. (Sunday, 2 p.m., ESPN)

3 No. 14 Miami at No. 19 N.C. State » This is a matchup of a veteran team being all it can be (Miami) against one that has been less than the sum of its parts (N.C. State). The Wolfpack have been a different team in Raleigh, winning 13 straight. But continuing the streak without Lorenzo Brown (questionable-ankle) to deal with Shane Larkin will be problematic. (Saturday, 4 p.m., CBS)

2 No. 16 Mississippi at No. 4 Florida » All-SEC candidates Marshall Henderson and Murphy Holloway of Ole Miss shot a combined 9-for-33 on Tuesday in a loss to Kentucky as Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel wrecked the Rebels with 12 blocked shots. Upstart Mississippi (17-3) tries to get it back together against the even tougher defense of the Gators (17-2). (Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPNU)

1 No. 1 Michigan at No. 3 Indiana » The Wolverines are ranked No. 1 for the first time since the Fab Five glory days. But there is a bad omen. Three times this year, "ESPN Gameday" has been the site of an upset of a top-ranked team. That aside, this will be a nice backcourt duel between Trey Burke of Michigan and defensive demon Victor Oladipo of Indiana. (Saturday, 9 p.m., ESPN)

LOCAL GAMES

Wake Forest at Maryland

When » Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where » Comcast Center

TV » CSN

Radio » ESPN 570 AM

After losing at Florida State on a 3-pointer by Michael Snaer with one second left, Maryland (15-6, 3-5) has dropped five of seven, with the span bookended by crushing losses to the Seminoles. Against improved Wake Forest (10-10, 3-5) the Terps will try to energize top scorer Alex Len after he had a season-low four points in 17 foul-plagued minutes at FSU. Uptempo Wake has a potent duo in 6-foot-7 sophomore Travis McKee (15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and 6-3 senior C.J. Harris (14.8 ppg).

Lafayette at American

When » Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where » Bender Arena

TV » CSN+

Struggling AU (7-14, 2-4) had one of its strongest efforts of the season, leading Patriot League power Bucknell most of the second half Wednesday night before losing in the final second on a putback by Mike Muscala. Lafayette (11-12, 4-2) has won its last three games by an average margin of 20 points behind 6-7 sophomore guard Seth Hinrichs (14.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg). Included in the run was a surprisingly decisive 78-57 win at Lehigh, the Mountain Hawks' first league loss.

George Mason at James Madison

When » Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where » JMU Convocation Center,

Harrisonburg, Va.

TV » CSN

The intense rivalry has dimmed recently as the Patriots have beaten the Dukes seven straight times, including 68-57 on Jan. 15 in Fairfax. But with James Madison winning three straight entering Thursday's game against Hofstra, the Dukes had moved into second place in the CAA behind point guard Devon Moore (10.5 ppg, 4.2 apg). As a freshman four seasons ago in Harrisonburg, Moore scored seven points in the final 3:30 when JMU handed George Mason its last loss in the series 68-66.

Savannah State at Howard

When » Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where » Burr Gymnasium

After three decisive defeats on the road by an average of 25.3 points, Howard (4-17, 1-6) tries to get it together against MEAC contender Savannah State (11-9, 5-1), which has won six straight and trails leaders Norfolk State (12-10, 7-0) and North Carolina Central (13-7, 6-0). The key matchup will be Savannah State 6-7 senior Rashad Hassan (12.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg) against Howard 6-7 senior Mike Phillips (11.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg), who will try to recover from a 1-for-12 performance at Delaware State.

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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