Sunday, February 20, 2005

Sunday Preview

DePaul at Marquette: DePaul looks like they are safely in the Tournament, but a win here would lock it up. Marquette needs a marquee win to stay in the conversation for at-large bids. The Golden Eagles' Travis Diener will match-up against his brother, Drake, in what should be a close game. Prediction: DePaul by 2

Pitt at Villanova: Another Big East match-up that will come down to the final minutes. Pitt has been on a roll lately, winning at Syracuse on Monday. Villanova, meanwhile, could use a win here to solidify their position in the NCAA Tournament and improve their seeding. Prediction: Villanova by 6

UCLA at Stanford: This is the epitome of a "bubble game." The loser will have to do a lot of work to make the Field of 65, especially if it's Stanford. They are going to be without leading scorer Dan Grunfeld for the rest of the season. If UCLA grabs a win here, they should be a lock in Monday's bracket. Prediction: UCLA by 4

Wake Forest at Duke: Best game of the weekend, by far. The last meeting abetween these two was a classic, with the Demon Deacons escaping by 4. If the Blue Devils want to reverse the outcome of that game, they will have to slow the game down, because they do not have the depth to run with Wake. Expect JJ Redick to put on another show. Prediction: Wake Forest by 1

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