College basketball teams that can't get caught looking ahead this weekend - ESPN
Espn.com - Fri 11 Jan 16:58 GMT

College basketball teams that can't get caught looking ahead this weekend - ESPN

It's a trap! Some contenders are facing struggling opponents ahead of next week's big matchups, which is exactly why they can't afford to overlook the competition.

  No. 4 Virginia at Clemson (12 p.m. ET, Saturday, ACC Network/WatchESPN) Next week, Virginia's campaign to prove that it is Duke's greatest threat in the ACC and also a contender in the early "best team in America" conversation will continue when it hosts No. 9 Virginia Tech, its chief rival, on Tuesday.

  Kansas State at No. 20 Iowa State (12 p.m. ET, Saturday, ESPN2) Entering the season, Iowa State's matchup at Baylor looked like a trap game between matchups against Kansas and Kansas State, which was coming off an Elite Eight run.

  So this could be a game that puts Iowa State back on the winning path or a game that leads to a three-game losing streak (if it loses at Texas Tech next week) and diminishes its shot at a Big 12 title.

  Could Kerwin Roach lead a Texas team that also has played top-10-level defense to a win over Texas Tech before the latter prepares for a game against Iowa State that could impact the pecking order in the Big 12?

  No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State (2 p.m. ET, Saturday, ESPN) With Trent Forrest, Terance Mann, M.J. Walker and PJ Savoy, Florida State has a collection of big wings who won't face significant problems with Duke's size.