Thursday, December 15, 2005

Thursday, December 15th Preview

Prediction Record: 95-51

Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wisconsin: Solid matchup in arguably the two best teams in the state. The Badgers' are sitting at 8-1, although not a dominant 8-1. They have beat mid-majors Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion, and UNC-Wilmington in down-to-the-wire games, as well as Marquette at home. Alando Tucker is one of the best scorers in the country, while Kammron Taylor is developing into a very good scoring point guard. Wisonsin-Milwaukee does not look impressive at 4-2, but the losses were at Memphis and surprising Tennessee Tech. They beat Saint Louis and Hawaii at home. Joah Tucker is capable of exploding for a big night, while guard Boo Davis and forward Adrian Tigert are solid contributors. The depth and balance of Wisconsin will be the difference in this game. Prediction: Wisconsin by 6

Missouri State at Arkansas: An underrated match-up between one of the best mid-majors in the country from the MVC and a potential NCAA team from the SEC. Arkansas has two losses, both to teams expected to make runs in the NCAA Tournament, Connecticut and Maryland. Their most impressive win to date is over Kansas. Ronnie Brewer is one of the best players in the country, while fellow wing Jonathan Modica is a very good scorer. Darian Townes has the potential to be one of the SEC's best centers. Missouri State is standing at a dominant 6-0, with an average margin of victory of over 24 points per game. Wins over Oral Roberts and a solid Northern Illinois team highlight the victories. Blake Ahearn is putting up over 21 points per game and shooting 52 percent from deep, while Tyler Chaney and Deke Thompson lead six other players that average over nine points per game. This would boost Missouri State's NCAA resume a ton, but the athleticism of the Razorbacks and the presence of Brewer will be too much. Prediction: Arkansas by 4

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