College basketball preview: Jan. 11, 2013

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Top five games

5 Marquette at Pittsburgh » With the Panthers (13-3, 1-2) bound for the ACC and the Golden Eagles (11-3, 2-0) headed for who knows where along with six other Catholic schools, the clock is ticking on Big East matchups like this. Both teams are coming off wins over ranked Georgetown in which they held the Hoyas to fewer than 50 points. (Saturday, noon, ESPNU)

4 Maryland at Miami » After shooting 36.7 percent, committing 18 turnovers and unraveling in the second half against Florida State, Maryland (13-2, 1-1 ACC) searches for its offense at another ACC team that can match up inside. Even with 6-foot-10 Reggie Johnson (broken thumb) out, the Hurricanes have plenty left inside with 6-11 Kenny Kadji and 6-10 Julian Gamble. (Sunday, 8 p.m., ESPNU)

3 No. 8 Minnesota at No. 5 Indiana » In winning 11 straight, the Golden Gophers (15-1, 3-0) have beaten Memphis, Stanford, Florida State and three Big Ten teams -- Michigan State, Northwestern and Illinois -- by no fewer than 13 points each. Pace will be key. Indiana (14-1, 2-0) wants Tubby Smith to dip into his bench, which failed to score Wednesday at the Illini. (Saturday, noon, Big Ten Network)

2 No. 2 Michigan at No. 15 Ohio State » It's not exactly "The Game" with the ghosts of Bo and Woody on the sidelines, but it's still a good matchup. While Michigan (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) is in high gear behind point guard Trey Burke, Ohio State (12-3, 2-1) is trying to find its way as point guard Aaron Craft is shooting 39.8 percent overall and 33.3 from the arc, both career lows. (Sunday, 1:30 p.m., CBS)

1 No. 1 Duke at No. 20 N.C. State » This intriguing matchup features the cohesion of the Blue Devils vs. the talent of the Wolfpack. Duke is in a rare state of rhythm thanks largely to point guard Quinn Cook, who hit 12 of 16 shots and had five assists and one turnover in a win Tuesday at Clemson. But how much will the Devils miss injured 6-11 forward Ryan Kelly (foot)? (Saturday, noon, ESPN)

Local games

No. 19 Georgetown at St. John's

When » Saturday, 11 a.m.

Where » Madison Square Garden,

New York

TV » ESPN2

Georgetown is coming off a 28-point loss and its fourth game this season with fewer than 50 points. But it isn't the only Big East team struggling to score. St. John's has averaged just 54.5 points in its last two contests. With a rotation of freshmen and sophomores, the Red Storm (9-6, 1-2 Big East) match the senior-less Hoyas (10-3, 0-2) in experience and are the youngest team Steve Lavin has ever coached.

Virginia at Clemson

When » Saturday, noon

Where » Littlejohn Coliseum,

Clemson, S.C.

TV » Ch. 5

After an embarrassing loss Tuesday at Duke in which it scored 10 points in the first half, Clemson (8-6, 0-2) needs a win badly. So does Virginia (11-4, 1-1) after committing 18 turnovers and shooting 36.4 percent in losing for the 10th straight time at Wake Forest 55-52 on Thursday night. The positive for the Cavaliers was the inside play of 6-foot-11 freshman Mike Tobey (14 points, seven rebounds) and junior Akil Mitchell (10 points, 10 rebounds), who hit a combined 11 of 18 shots.

American at Colgate

When » Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where » Cotterell Court,

Hamilton, N.Y.

Radio » WTOP 1050 AM

After four 20-win seasons in five years, American (5-10) is in an unaccustomed spot of having the worst record in the Patriot League. A rigorous schedule hasn't helped. Colgate (6-10) is led by 6-7 Murphy Burnatowski (17.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg), a transfer from Maine who has hit 39 3-pointers. AU answers with 6-8 senior Stephen Lumpkins (14.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg) and 5-11 Blake Jolivette, who has scored 16 and 15 points in his last two outings after missing the Eagles' first 10 games with a knee injury.

George Mason at UNC Wilmington

When » Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where » Trask Coliseum,

Wilmington, N.C.

TV » CSN+

UNC Wilmington is 5-10 overall and has lost nine straight regular-season games in the CAA dating to last February. The Seahawks have one of the league's best players, 6-8 senior Keith Rendleman (15.9 ppg), who is third in the league in rebounding (10.3) and tied for first in steals (2.0). George Mason, which was 8-6 entering Thursday's game with Old Dominion, has beaten UNCW nine straight times.

Hampton at Howard

When » Saturday, 4 p.m.

Where » Burr Gymnasium

Coming off a 70-60 win over Coppin State, Howard (4-12, 1-1) shoots for another over Hampton (3-10, 1-0). A win would be sweet for Howard third-year coach Kevin Nickelberry, who is 0-5 against his old school. From 2006 to 2009, Nickelberry went 49-44 at Hampton. The Pirates' first win this season came over the Bison 58-50 as 5-11 freshman Deron Powers finished with a career-high 22 points, six assists and seven steals, outdueling Bison senior Calvin Thompson, who had 18 points.

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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