Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday, November 16th Predictions

Prediction Record: 28-13

Maryland at St. John’s: Semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Maryland has looked impressive early, demonstrating their athleticism and depth. D.J. Strawberry and Mike Jones are very explosive on the wings. St. John's has been solid in the opening two games. They blew out both North Florida and Navy, and look like a postseason contender. Watch JC transfer Avery Patterson, who shoots lights-out from deep. Prediction: Maryland 77, St. John's 74

Lipscomb at Missouri: Don't overlook this game. Lipscomb is a legit Atlantic Sun contender and has a very good duo in Eddie Ard and Brian Fisk. Missouri is one of the worst teams in the Big 12, but have a dynamic athlete and scorer in wing Marshall Brown. This could be the best possibility for an upset tonight. Prediction: Missouri 64, Lipscomb 58

Texas vs. Michigan State: Two very young teams go head-to-head in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Texas has looked very impressive in their first two games, led by Freshman of the Year candidate Kevin Durant and sophomore A.J. Abrams. Michigan State has struggled to score at times, but their stifling defense will keep them in games. Drew Neitzel has developed into a very good scorer, while freshman Raymar Morgan has made an impact. Prediction: Texas 71, Michigan State 62

South Carolina at USC: Two USC's do battle in the Trojans' new arena. South Carolina is coming off of a 15-point loss to UC-Irvine, and have fallen several spots from last season. Tre Kelly and Brandon Wallace are a good inside-outside combo. USC signed high school phenom O.J. Mayo this week, and look like a program on the rise. Nick Young is one of the most underrated stars in the country. Prediction: USC 82, South Carolina 66

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