Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tuesday, November 14th Predictions

Prediction Record: 11-8

Western Kentucky at Georgia- The Hilltoppers are one of the favorites in the Sun Belt this season, led by star Courtney Lee. Georgia is a potential sleeper in the SEC and have one of the best backcourts in the country. Should be a good game. Prediction: Georgia 71, Western Kentucky 62

Wake Forest at Bucknell- Are the Bison poised for another Cinderella season? They lose a lot of personnel from last season, but have one of the best centers in the mid-major world in Chris McNaughton. Wake Forest will likely be near the cellar again this season, so this could be a shot for Bucknell to get another big-name win. Prediction: Bucknell 68, Wake Forest 64

Delaware State at Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh looked dominant over the weekend, in an easy win over MAC contender Western Michigan. Their offense looks much improved. Delaware State will make another run at the NCAA Tournament from the MEAC.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 80, Delaware State 61

SMU at Florida State- Florida State has not been overly impressive during the opening two games of their season, but have an excellent forward in Al Thornton. SMU is 2-0 and have good talent, led by Devon Pearson and Ike Ofoegbu.
Prediction: Florida State 76, SMU 65

Air Force vs. Long Beach State- A contrast of styles. Long Beach State loves to get out and run, led by their backcourt of Aaron Nixon and Kejuan Johnson, while Air Force would rather slow it down and play a half-court game. Should be an interesting contest.
Prediction: Air Force 69, Long Beach State 66

Detroit at Marquette- Marquette has clearly not lived up to their expectations thus far, winning two tight games over Hillsdale and Idaho State, the latter victory coming in overtime. Detroit loves to play it in the 50s, and have an excellent guard in Brandon Cotton.
Prediction: Marquette 58, Detroit 50

Butler at Indiana- Butler has had two very impressive wins to start the season, a 40-point shellacking at Tulane and a victory over Notre Dame last night. On the other hand, Indiana struggled against Lafayette for awhile, and D.J. White only played sparingly due to foul trouble. Potential upset in the making.
Prediction: Indiana 77, Butler 68

Northern Iowa at Washington- Would be an even better game if it was played last season. Northern Iowa has looked solid in the early going, led by Erik Coleman and Travis Brown. Washington has averaged over 100 points per game in their first two contests, with Jon Brockman and Quincy Pondexter leading the way.
Prediction: Washington 85, Northern Iowa 75

Rice at Gonzaga- One of the best games of the night. Gonzaga has not missed a beat despite the loss of Adam Morrison and J.P. Batista, looking very impressive against Eastern Washington to start the season. Rice has one of the best players in the country in wing Morris Almond. This is a good chance to get to know him.
Prediction: Gonzaga 74, Rice 69

Eastern Washington at UNLV- Another chance for EWU guard Rodney Stuckey to make an impression against a quality opponent. He struggled against Gonzaga in the opener. UNLV is 1-0 and is led by the guard duo of Kevin Kruger and Jo'Van Adams. Prediction: UNLV 78, Eastern Washington 67

UNC-Wilmington at Tennessee- Regional final of the NIT Season Tip-Off. UNC-Wilmington carried some of last year's momentum over to this season with a solid win over Belmont, while Tennessee jumped out to an early lead and held on late to defeat Fordham. Chris Lofton is the leader for the Volunteers, while the Seahawks' have a balanced offensive attack. Prediction: Tennessee 84, UNC-Wilmington 77

Fordham at Belmont- Third-place game in the Nashville region of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Both Belmont and Fordham are quality teams that will reach the postseason come March. The Rams have an excellent inside-outside combo in Marcus Stout and Bryant Dunston, while Belmont own a nice backcourt of Josh Goodwin and Justin Hare. Prediction: Belmont 79, Fordham 78

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