Friday, February 10, 2006

Weekend Viewer's Guide

With only 4 weekends left in the regular season, every game counts. This weekend, several top teams go against each other with conference titles and at-large bids in mind. Championship contenders go on the road to face hungry bubble teams in need of a win, while mid-major leagues have the top spot in the standings on the line.

Top Games

Iowa at Indiana (Saturday, 12:00 PM, ESPN)- Hoosiers are in a complete free-fall, while Hawkeyes haven’t proven they can win on the road. Prediction: Iowa 68, Indiana 64

LSU at Florida (Saturday, 1:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)- Two of the three SEC teams in the running for the title. Both teams could use a quality win to improve their seeding. Prediction: LSU 71, Florida 68

Duke at Maryland (Saturday, 1:00 PM, CBS)-
Could be Duke’s best chance to lose an ACC game. Maryland needs a win to stay off the bubble. Prediction: Duke 81, Maryland 73

Southern Illinois at Creighton (Saturday, 2:00 PM, Regional TV)- Both teams still in contention for the Missouri Valley title. SIU could use a win to solidify their NCAA standing. Prediction: Creighton 72, Southern Illinois 65

UCLA at Washington (Saturday, 3:30 PM, ABC)- Only one Pac-10 team is a lock right now (UCLA). Washington has disappointed tremendously in conference play and needs to break out of its slump. Prediction: Washington 76, UCLA 70

Connecticut at Seton Hall (Saturday, 8:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)-
Seton Hall looking like an NCAA team lately with six straight wins. Could they pull off the upset against the #1 team in college basketball? Prediction: Connecticut 78, Seton Hall 68

Stanford at Gonzaga (Saturday, 9:00 PM, ESPN)- Stanford could really use this win to improve their resume. Gonzaga needs to start playing like a team that can make a run in March. Prediction: Gonzaga 74, Stanford 65

Illinois at Ohio State (Sunday, 1:00 PM, CBS)-
Both teams still have good shots at winning the Big Ten. Buckeyes have won 4 of 5, while Illini has gone 5-3 in their last 8. Prediction: Ohio State 70, Illinois 64

West Virginia at Georgetown (Sunday, 7:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)-
Another classic Big East matchup. Both teams run a version of the Princeton offense, meaning this game will be filled with backdoor cuts and three-point shots. Prediction: Georgetown 71, West Virginia 69

North Carolina at Miami (Fl.) (Sunday, 8:00 PM, FSN)-
Neither of these teams is a lock for the NCAA Tournament yet, although Tar Heels are getting there. Hurricanes need another quality win and already beat UNC in Chapel Hill. Prediction: Miami (Fl.) 69, North Carolina 63

Other Games to Watch

George Washington at St.Joseph's (Saturday, 2:00 PM, ESPN2)- Prediction: George Washington 76, St. Joseph's 71
Kentucky at Vanderbilt (Saturday, 3:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)- Prediction: Vanderbilt 72, Kentucky 65
Bucknell at Holy Cross (Saturday, 3:30 PM)- Prediction: Bucknell 68, Holy Cross 65
Nebraska at Texas (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN)- Prediction: Texas 83, Nebraska 64
Iowa State at Kansas (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)- Prediction: Kansas 82, Iowa State 71
Texas Tech at Colorado (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)- Prediction: Colorado 79, Texas Tech 66
Northeastern at Hofstra (Saturday, 4:00 PM, Regional TV)- Prediction: Hofstra 73, Northeastern 67
Tennessee at Georgia (Saturday, 4:00 PM)- Prediction: Tennessee 77, Georgia 70
Old Dominion at Virginia Commonwealth (Saturday, 6:00 PM, ESPN2)- Prediction: Virginia Commonwealth 71, Old Dominion 66
Oral Roberts at IUPUI (Saturday, 7:00 PM)- Prediction: Oral Roberts 70, IUPUI 68
Clemson at Boston College (Saturday, 8:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)- Prediction: Boston College 72, Clemson 60
Missouri State at Northern Iowa (Saturday, 8:05 PM, Regional TV)- Prediction: Northern Iowa 73, Missouri State 65
Northern Illinois at Kent State (Sunday, 12:00 PM)- Prediction: Kent State 75, Northern Illinois 63
Syracuse at St. John's (Sunday, 2:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)- Prediction: St. John's 63, Syracuse 56
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 2:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt)- Prediction: Pittsburgh 69, Cincinnati 60

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