Thursday, November 24, 2005

Friday Preview

Prediction Record (so far this season): 34-9

Duke vs. Memphis- Final of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Memphis has demonstrated that they are one of the more talented and athletic teams in the country. However, one team that can match the talent level of Memphis is Duke. And they will demonstrate that in the Championship. JJ Redick is going to have a huge advantage over whoever Memphis decides to put at the two-guard across from him. However, If Rodney Carney defends Redick, he could have a tough time. I don't think that Carney will want to chase JJ around all game, though. Darius Washington may have an advantage at the point over Sean Dockery and Greg Paulus, but an even bigger edge will go to Duke in the low post. Shelden Williams should absolutely dominate the interior for the Blue Devils. Joey Dorsey and Kareem Cooper will try their best, but they just can't defend him. Shawne Williams against Josh McRoberts will be a very good freshman forward match-up. Duke is going to have a load of trouble defending the Tiger's forward combo of Carney and Williams, especially if DeMarcus Nelson sits out. They are just too quick and athletic for McRoberts and Melchionni. It should be a dandy of a game, with Memphis starting out the season with an NIT Championship. Prediction: Memphis by 2

UCLA vs. Drexel- Prediction: UCLA by 8

Florida State at Florida- Prediction: Florida by 12

Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee- Prediction: Eastern Kentucky by 6

Holy Cross at Cincinnati- Prediction: Cincinnati by 9

Gardner-Webb at Auburn- Prediction: Gardner-Webb by 4

Marquette at Oral Roberts- Prediction: Oral Roberts by 10

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