Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.
|1. Florida vs. UConn|
Details: Monday, December 2 @ 7:00 PM ET – Gampel Pavilion – Storrs, CT
Watch Here: ESPN2 on XFINITY
Why Watch? The No. 15 Florida Gators pay a visit to the No. 13 UCONN Huskies Monday night in Gampel Pavilion. UConn has an impressive resume, 7-0 defeating the likes of Boston College and Indiana, while the Gators have dropped only one game this season (6-1). The Gators are beginning a hellacious stretch in their schedule ( @ UConn, vs. Kansas, vs. Memphis) and will want to get started on the right foot versus the Huskies. Can UConn overmatch the formidable Florida frontcourt? Monday night’s matchup is going to come down to physicality – who’s going to bang the boards for those extra rebounds?
#5ToFollow Insider: Andy Hutchins
This is SB Nation’s Florida Gators community, Alligator Army. If you’re looking for game tweets with a Gator Chomp included, follow the Army!
|2. New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks|
Details: Monday, December 2 @ 8:30 PM ET – CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? Russell Wilson has a perfect 14-0 record at his home sweet home, CenturyLink Field, but could that all change when Drew Bress pays him a visit on #MNF? Wilson and the Hawks offense will be ready to go, but the backend of their defense is shorthanded. WIth two cornerbacks out (Browner due to injury, Thurmond due to suspension) could it be a Brees for the Saints? New Orleans has only two losses on the season, and both of those are on the road. It’s the top teams in the NFC in a game that has a playoff feel, in the regular season. Get your popcorn ready ladies and gentlemen!
#5ToFollow Insider: Mike Triplett
Triplett covers the NOLA Saints for ESPN NFL Nation and will be reporting live from Seattle during #MNF. Follow along for Tweets from the press box and sidelines of the battle between two conference champions.
|3. Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United|
Details: Tuesday, December 3 @ 2:30 PM ET – Selhurst Park – Whitehorse Lane, London, U.K.
Watch Here: NBCSN with XFINITY
Why Watch? Palace has a new leader in skipper Tony Pulis and a new focus as the Pulis lead Eagles return home for a match with the 15th placed Hammers. Palace comes into the match with high confidence, as they haven’t lost to West Ham on Selhurst soil since 1991. The history cannot be change, but the Hammers are the hotter of the two clubs with a 2-1-2 record over their last five. Will this match be another one for the history books or will West Ham begin a trend Tuesday afternoon? Make sure you find out by streaming the #BPLonNBC.
#5ToFollow Insider:Miguel Delaney
ESPN’s London correspondent for the EPL, Delaney will have all eyes and tweets on deck for Tueday’s sole match between the Eagles and Irons.
|4. Texas Tech vs. Arizona|
Details: Tuesday, December 3 @ 9:00 PM ET – McKale Center – Tucson, AZ
Watch Here: Pac-12 Network on XFINITY
Why Watch? Texas Tech’s biggest test of the year comes Tuesday night as they go west to take on the fourth ranked Wildcats in Tucson. The Red Raiders bring a solid scoring duo in the front court: senior, Jaye Crockett and junior, Jordan Tolbert. Will they be enough to contend with Zona’s young stars – Brandon Ashley and Aaron Gordon? It’s a conference clash between the #Big12 and #Pac12 on the Pac 12 Network Tuesday night – be there for tipoff.
#5ToFollow Insider: Greg Byrne
Arizona’s Athletic Director is one who embraces #smsports and uses Twitter the way all ADs should. Make sure you follow Byrne for a look inside the Arizona program that continues to #BearDown on their competition.
|5. Michigan vs. Duke|
Details: Tuesday, December 3 @ 9:15 PM ET – Cameron Indoor Stadium – Durham, NC
Watch: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? The Big Ten vs. ACC Challenge is highlighted Tuesday night by the Wolverines and Blue Devils tipping off in prime time. Duke is still developing an identity with Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, but they need Rasheed Sulaimon to pickup the pace. Duke is coming off a tough loss against Arizona and will be looking to prove their worth their top ten rank. Michigan needs Nik Stauskas to be at his best, draining the big shots and setting up his teammates. If Stauskas is rolling, and Mitch McGary establishes himself early on the block, bring the inside scoring, Michigan has a shot. It’s going to be a great game as these promising programs collide Tuesday night on ESPN.
#5ToFollow Insider: Jay Bilas
A personality like none other, he’s not afraid to tell it like it is. If you want college basketball tweets from a man who speaks his mind, click follow and enjoy.