2019 College Basketball Opening Night: Games to watch

NCAA basketball (Pic from Pixabay)

As a college basketball fan, I am excited that tonight is opening night for the 2019-2020 season.  We will see if the preseason hype was just talk or if they will be season-long contenders for the NCAA Championship.  If you are a basketball aficionado, then here are a few games that you will be able to check out tonight.

NCAA basketball (Pic from Pixabay)

#5 Louisville at Miami (FL)

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will definitely be the best conference in college basketball this season.  Kicking off conference play on Opening Night will be the Cardinals against the Hurricanes.  Louisville will be looking to solidify its status as a college basketball juggernaut once again with four starters returning along with transfer point guard Lamarr Kimble and an outstanding freshman class.  Miami (FL) will be looking to bounce back from a down season.  An upset for the Hurricanes would change the entire outlook of the ACC.

#3 Kansas vs #4 Duke

Kansas had the best Midnight Madness of the year with Snoop Dogg performing there last month.  The Jayhawks will have to prove that all of this promotion for the team was actually worth it right out of the gate against Duke.  The key to this match-up will be between point guards Devon Dotson (Kansas) and Tre Jones (Duke).  Both of these guards decided to return back to college even though both would have been picked in the first round of the NBA Draft.  Whoever wins this game could propel himself into being a high first round pick next season.

#20 St. Mary’s vs Wisconsin

For St. Mary’s to even have a chance of winning the West Coast Conference crown over Gonzaga this season, the Gaels will have to put up a solid performance against the Badgers.

#1 Michigan State vs #2 Kentucky

Opening Night will conclude with the top two teams playing each other.  The Spartans are the consensus pick to win the NCAA Championship.  Kentucky will be dangerous again this season with four major contributors returning along with another star-studded recruiting class.  As with the Duke/Kansas game, this game will also be determined by the point guards.  Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston was picked as the favorite for Player of the Year after leading the Spartans to the Final Four last season.  However, Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans will look to pressure Winston by pushing the tempo on offense and defense.