Commentary

Look out for these head-to-head matchups

Originally Published: October 12, 2007
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider
One of the enticing things for me to do at this time of year is to look at our ESPN college basketball schedule and to pick out some intriguing individual match-ups to watch. Whether it will be two potential impact players going head-to-head (Michigan State's Drew Neitzel vs. Indiana's Eric Gordon) or two intense coaches matching wits (Memphis' John Calipari vs. Tennessee's Bruce Pearl), I have chosen 10 games that should be fun to watch.

1. Gonzaga vs. UConn, Dec. 1, ESPN
7-foot-3 Huskie sophomore Hasheem Thabeet tangles with one of college basketball's best big men, the Zags' 6-11 Josh Heytvelt. This game will go a long way toward determining if UConn can rebound from Jim Calhoun's most disappointing season. Heytvelt will also be looking for redemption as he returns from last year's season-ending suspension.

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Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.