Wednesday night scouting report
No. 9 Pitt puts its 31-game home winning streak on the line vs. No. 12 Georgetown
The Wolverines will try and continue their turnaround against No. 18 Wisconsin
No. 3 Kansas faces a test in the nation's best rebounding team, No. 25 Baylor
Giving you a rundown on the top three games on tonight's college basketball slate:
1. No. 12 Georgetown (13-3, 4-2 Big East) at No. 9 Pittsburgh (15-2, 5-0), 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
This is the second part of Georgetown's brutal two-game road trip that started at Villanova on Saturday. The Hoyas nearly pulled one out in Philadelphia, despite trailing 46-31 at halftime, thanks to a career-high 29 points from Greg Monroe. Pittsburgh has won eight straight, but narrowly missed suffering its first Big East loss on Saturday, pulling out an 82-77 home win over Louisville. The Panthers carry a 31-game winning streak at the Petersen Events Center into this one. The key matchup will be in the backcourt, where the Hoyas' Austin Freeman and Chris Wright will be tested by Pitt's Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker.
2. Michigan (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten) at No. 18 Wisconsin (14-4, 4-2), 8:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Left almost for dead at 8-7 following a home loss to Northwestern, Michigan put together a strong week by blowing out Indiana and upsetting UConn to revive its season. The Wolverines have the Big Ten's No. 1 (Manny Harris) and No. 3 (DeShawn Sims) scorers, but it was the bench play of Zack Gibson and Anthony Wright that helped spark the upset of the Huskies. Next up is Wisconsin, the second of four straight ranked foes for the Wolverines. The Badgers are 1-1 since losing second-leading scorer Jon Leuer to a broken wrist, but they still feature one of the most complete guards in the Big Ten in Trevon Hughes. Wisconsin is 10-0 at home and has won six straight against Michigan.
3. No. 25 Baylor (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) at No. 3 Kansas (16-1, 2-0), 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
After a few shaky performances, Kansas rediscovered the form that made the Jayhawks the preseason No. 1 choice against Texas Tech on Saturday, bolting out to a 42-18 halftime lead and cruising to the win. That game followed a down-to-the-wire win against Cornell, a loss to Tennessee and a hard-fought win at Nebraska. The Jayhawks should be tested by the nation's No. 1 rebounding team in Baylor. Michigan transfer Ekpe Udoh is averaging 14.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game and will be able to body up to KU big man Cole Aldrich. Veteran Baylor guards LaceDarius Dunn (19.1 points) and Tweety Carter (15.6 ppg, 7 assists) should be able to handle the difficult environment of Allen Fieldhouse. Will it be enough to end the Jayhawks' 52-game home win streak? Not likely, but this one should be competitive.
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