Afternoon Linkage: Tuesday night rules

Late December is usually a weird part of the college hoops season. Most schools' students are on break, and a lot of times programs use that opportunity to schedule a few cupcake games before the conference season begins in January. And understandably so.

But not tonight. Tonight features No. 9 Michigan State at No. 2 Texas followed by California (who, after a slow start, could sneak back into the top 25 soon) at No. 1 Kansas. Tonight tops that delicious feast of hoops with a thick gravy dollop of watchable games like Bucknell at Notre Dame, Cleveland State at No. 15 Ohio State, and No. 16 Butler at UAB. Yes, tonight is decidedly awesome.

To the links, then, shall we?