College Basketball Schedule Heats Up – January 5

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Today’s college basketball schedule only has 10 games, but one of them is huge. No. 9 Illinois, which has been creeping up the rankings and has won four straight, will take on No. 1 Purdue tonight in a crucial early Big Ten matchup. The Boilermakers have won six straight, including a 92-84 win over then-No. 1 Arizona. Purdue’s college basketball schedule has been one of the toughest in the nation.

College Basketball Schedule Heats Up - January 5
This week’s college basketball rankings

Just before Thanksgiving, Purdue played in the Maui Invitational. It was one of several holiday tournaments on the early season college basketball schedule. The Boilermakers played No. 11 Gonzaga, No. 7 Tennessee, and No. 4 Marquette. Purdue won all three games to take the tournament championship. Now, the college basketball schedule shifts to conference play and the Boilermakers face the Illini, who happen to be tied for the Big Ten lead right now.

Weekend College Basketball Schedule Delivers

Illinois and No. 21 Wisconsin are tied at 2-0 at the top of the Big Ten heading into this weekend’s college basketball schedule. After tonight’s clash in West Lafayette, the Badgers will host Nebraska tomorrow. The Cornhuskers are no joke. They are 12-2, 2-1 in the Big Ten, and have an impressive win over Michigan State earlier this season. Teams like Nebraska makes navigating the college basketball schedule extremely difficult.

College Basketball Schedule Heats Up - January 5
No. 21 Wisconsin plays Nebraska (12-2) this weekend

Saturday’s college basketball schedule is just what bettors need this time of year. There is no college football and just two NFL games later in the day. Dozens and dozens of games are on the college basketball schedule. There are a number of matchups between ranked teams too. No. 8 North Carolina takes on No. 16 Clemson in an ACC battle. In the SEC, No. 22 Ole Miss plays at No. 5 Tennessee. To get you through all of Saturday’s action, our Sports Hub experts will be here to get you on the right side of the action.

Cappers Dominate College Basketball Schedule

Once again, our Sports Hub expert handicappers swept the top-3 spots on yesterday’s leaderboard. Diego Garcia, Logan Wilson, and James Acker combined to go 10-0 and win $1000. Imagine if you had tailed them yesterday! Seven of the ten picks were on college basketball games played last night. Our handicappers are ready to dominate this year’s remaining college basketball schedule!

Here’s how they did yesterday.

College Basketball Schedule Heats Up - January 5
Another Sports Hub sweep!
  • Top dog: Diego Garcia led the charge yesterday with a perfect 4-0 mark. He nailed three games on yesterday’s college basketball schedule plus one NHL game. With $400 in winnings, Diego is now up $1068 over the last 30 days.
  • No. 2 & 3: Logan Wilson and James Acker both went 3-0 yesterday and took home $300. Logan hit one CBB pick while all of James’ picks were from last night’s college basketball schedule. Both cappers have been solid over the last three days. Logan has won $490 and James $480 in the last three days.
  • Next up: In fourth on yesterday’s leaderboard was another exclusive Sports Hub capper – SWJ Sports. He was just 4-3, but Scott at SWJ Sports hit all four winners at plus-money and took home $240. That puts him up $715 for the week.
  • Trust Sports Hub cappers: The next four spots on yesterday’s leaderboard were all taken by Sports Hub expert handicappers. Gino De Luca, Jhon Walsh, Patrick Doyle, and Evan Lewis were all successful on their two picks yesterday. All four cappers added $200 to their bankrolls. Gino moved into the 10th spot on the overall 30-day leaderboard. He’s hitting 60.42 percent of his picks over the last 30 days.

Trending Sports News

It was a big night for big men in the NBA last night. Nikola Jokic hit a wild 39-foot shot that banked in at the buzzer as Denver beat Golden State. In the only other game on the NBA schedule last night, Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 44 points in his first matchup with rookie sensation Victor Wembenyana, who had 27 for the Spurs. The Bucks won 125-121.

What else is going on in the sports world?

  • Dalvin Cook finds a home: Remember, the Jets waived RB Dalvin Cook. Cook was hoping to land a spot with a Super Bowl contender before the season was over. His hopes are now a reality. Cook cleared waivers and was snagged by the Baltimore Ravens, one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LVIII.
  • Pro Bowl snub: Detroit WR Amon-Ra St. Brown caught 112 passes (the same as Miami’s Tyreek Hill) for 1,371 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. Apparently, that wasn’t enough to get him selected to represent the NFC in this year’s Pro Bowl. 
  • Green returns to Warriors facility: Draymond Green, who has been suspended indefinitely after his altercation with Jusuf Nurkic on Dec. 12, is set to return to the Golden State Warriors practice facility. He will begin practicing with his teammates ahead of a return to action. No date has been given yet as to when Green will play again. 
  • Penguins win another: The Pittsburgh Penguins won again for the seventh time in their last 10 games. The Penguins beat Atlantic Division leader Boston 6-5 last night to move to 19-14-4 overall. Pittsburgh is one of three teams in the Metropolitan Division with 42 points, which is just two points behind Philadelphia. The Flyers hold the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference right now.

Huge Game on the College Basketball Schedule

It’s a rarity for college basketball, especially at this time of year. The Friday night college basketball schedule typically doesn’t include power conference teams. The Friday night college basketball schedule also usually doesn’t include a battle of top-10 teams. We should feel blessed tonight then as we get exactly that. It’ll help us get ready for the final weekend of play in the NFL.

Here’s what is on tap for today.

  1. College basketball schedule: The big one tonight, of course, pits No. 9 Illinois against No. 1 Purdue in a Big Ten showdown. How many units will you wager on this one? It is one of ten games tonight. No. 4 UConn is also in action tonight, playing Butler in a Big East showdown. 
  2. NBA schedule: It’s a huge night in the NBA. We’ve got the ESPN doubleheader as part of a 14-game schedule. That means all but two NBA teams are on the hardwood tonight. The Knicks and Sixers battle in the early ESPN game. The Grizzlies play at the Lakers in the late game.
  1. NHL schedule: There are three games on the NHL schedule tonight. The league has a big day tomorrow as most of the league is in action.
  2. Soccer schedule: It’s been a slow week for world soccer. It’s the same today. There is one Serie A match (Bologna vs. Genoa). There are three matches in the English FA Cup. 
  3. Golf: Sahith Theegala shot an opening round 64 to take the early lead at The Sentry out in Hawaii. Second round play begins later today.
  4. Tennis: The Brisbane International has reached the quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal lost yesterday. The women are also in the quarterfinals. No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka advanced with a two-set victory. The ASB Classic continues for both the men and women and the Bank of China Hong Kong Tennis Open continues today for the men. The Adelaide International also starts today.  The Workday Canberra International continues today on the WTA Tour. Two more tournaments – the Hobart International and the Adelaide International – start today.

We’re thankful it’s Friday again. There is a huge game on the college basketball schedule tonight. The NBA schedule is full and we have another weekend of NFL football to look forward to. And don’t forget, the College Football Playoff national championship is set for Monday night. It’s gonna be a great weekend. Make sure you’re ready. Visit us here at Sports Hub all weekend long for the best content, picks, and more! Until tomorrow…