WEEKEND WATCH
Originally Published: Jan 31, 2013

Supersized Regular-Season Bout In Bloomington

By Rece Davis
ESPN.com

Editor's note: Rece Davis is the host of "College GameDay," which will be in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday for No. 3 Indiana versus No. 1 Michigan.

When two teams have already faced each other in the national championship game, no regular-season meeting will approach the realm of being their biggest matchup ever. But Saturday's clash between No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana feels plenty big.

No matter when it's played, it's a treat to get a clash like Saturday night's meeting between the Wolverines and Hoosiers, with ESPN's "College GameDay" in attendance.

The Wolverines return to the top perch for the first time since the Fab Five era. The Hoosiers have knocked off a No. 1 six times, but none of those teams were the Wolverines.

Four No. 1 teams have fallen from the top spot this season. Three No. 1s have been taken down when "College GameDay" was in town. Twice, No. 1 has been beaten by Tom Crean's Hoosiers.

Oh, woe is Michigan. Fate and the numbers are aligning against the Wolverines. (Please note the sarcasm.)

In an offensively challenged season, Michigan's execution on offense stands out even more. This is a remarkably skilled offensive team, led by the guy who might be the eventual Wooden Award winner, Trey Burke. Burke is magic with the ball in his hands. Statistically, he might be mini-Magic. The Michigan point guard averages 17 points and seven assists per game.

The last guy to do that for a season in the Big Ten was Magic Johnson at Michigan State.

How sharp are the Wolverines right now? They had only two turnovers in Wednesday night's win against Northwestern. That's hard to do against air, much less an actual opponent.

Burke has been fantastic, but the key to this team is how well the young guys have filled their roles. Freshman Nik Stauskas shoots 49.5 percent from 3 and has at least one triple in every game this season except one: the Wolverines' lone loss -- perhaps not coincidentally, by three points -- at Ohio State.

Stauskas and classmate Glenn Robinson III (can we call him GR III?) have given Michigan consistent scoring production.

The Wolverines are the current No. 1. Indiana had that tag for the first six weeks of the season.

Cody Zeller faced lofty expectations after arguably handling Kentucky's Anthony Davis better than anyone in two meetings last season. Now, some folks are picking apart Zeller's game, but he still leads the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding. Victor Oladipo leads the nation in true shooting percentage, a stat that takes into account 2s, 3s and free throws.

There are all kinds of numbers to throw at you, but this game can be a showcase for the season. Nothing can top the intensity and tradition of a Duke versus North Carolina game, but for this regular season, Michigan versus Indiana is the must-see game.

It's fitting that they're playing on Super Bowl weekend. We'll check out the Crean-Harbaugh brothers connection in a unique way Saturday morning on "College GameDay."

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Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesDurand Scott and Miami are still unbeaten in ACC play. Will that still be the case after Saturday?

This weekend's ACC headliner matches the team picked to win the conference against the team that might actually do it. There's no greater juxtaposition between North Carolina State and Miami than how each dealt with its midweek trip to Virginia.

The Wolfpack couldn't make enough winning plays down the stretch to beat UVa. The Hurricanes' veteran squad had enough to hold off Virginia Tech and remain perfect in conference play. Shane Larkin, who dropped 25 on the Hokies, said of his dagger 3 late: "It's always fun to shush a home crowd."

Shushing NC State's home crowd is much different. It seems the Pack's transition game hits a higher gear in Raleigh. Both Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg love the way NC State outlets the ball when running the break. Keep an eye out to see if the Canes can take away those passes and keep the Wolfpack from running.

On Saturday, North Carolina will have to deal with the nation's leading scorer, Virginia Tech's Erick Green (25 PPG). He's raised his average nearly 10 points per game from last season. His shooting percentage is up about six points to just under 50 percent.

An improved field goal percentage isn't the only reason Green has turned into a scoring machine. The Hokies are playing at a quicker tempo this season. They're among the top 50 in number of possessions per game. More possessions mean more shots for Green, whom the Hokies rely on heavily to score. The explosive guard is getting to the free throw line more often on those possessions. He's making four more free throws per game this season than he did last.

This isn't adding up to a lot of wins for the Hokies, but when we have teams ranked in the AP Top 25 scoring 34 points (hello, New Mexico), maybe watching a guy who is getting 25 per night by himself would be fun.

Plus, I'm going to put our "College GameDay" researcher, "The Bull," on the case to see if we've ever had a senior lead the nation in scoring after averaging fewer than three points per game as a freshman.

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