Friday, January 2, 2009

Weekend Preview

With 2008 finally in our rear view mirror and conference play around the country really heating up this week, the best part of the college basketball season has already hit the ground running. With college football winding down, it’s time for hoops to take center stage. This weekend, forget about the NFL Playoffs and tune in to the dozens of quality contests over the next couple of days. There is a plethora of marquee match-ups taking place, including some very important conference battles that will have a major impact on the title race as well as a few standout non-conference battles. Just kick back on the couch all weekend and take in a full slate of college basketball (and the Wild Card games, if you really want).

Pittsburgh (+3.5) at Georgetown (Saturday, 12:00 NOON, ESPN): Prediction: Georgetown 68, Pittsburgh 66
Ohio State (+4) at Minnesota (Saturday, 12:00 NOON, Big Ten Network): Prediction: Minnesota 70, Ohio State 64
Tennessee (+3) at Kansas (Saturday, 2:00 PM, ESPN): Prediction: Tennessee 83, Kansas 78
Penn State (+9) at Wisconsin (Saturday, 2:00 PM, Big Ten Network): Prediction: Wisconsin 63, Penn State 53
Georgia Tech (+3) at Alabama (Saturday, 3:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV): Prediction: Alabama 72, Georgia Tech 65
North Carolina State (+10.5) at Florida (Saturday, 4:00 PM, CBS): Prediction: Florida 74, North Carolina State 62
West Virginia (-8.5) at Seton Hall (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV): Prediction: West Virginia 79, Seton Hall 73
Washington (+2) at Washington State (Saturday, 6:00 PM, Regional TV): Prediction: Washington State 60, Washington 54
Michigan State (-4) at Northwestern (Saturday, 7:00 PM, Big Ten Network): Prediction: Michigan State 67, Northwestern 59
Wake Forest (+3) at BYU (Saturday, 8:00 PM, Regional TV): Prediction: BYU 75, Wake Forest 71
Arkansas-Little Rock (+7) at Western Kentucky (Saturday, 8:00 PM, Regional TV): Prediction: Western Kentucky 82, Arkansas-Little Rock 70
Creighton (+2.5) at Illinois State (Saturday, 8:05 PM, Regional TV): Prediction: Illinois State 70, Creighton 67
Illinois at Michigan (Sunday, 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network): Prediction: Michigan 73, Illinois 68
Cincinnati at Marquette (Sunday, 2:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV): Prediction: Marquette 76, Cincinnati 66
Kentucky at Louisville (Sunday, 4:30 PM, CBS): Prediction: Louisville 78, Kentucky 69
Boston College at North Carolina (Sunday, 5:30 PM, FSN): Prediction: North Carolina 91, Boston College 73
Virginia Tech at Duke (Sunday, 7:45 PM, FSN): Prediction: Duke 80, Virginia Tech 69
Arizona State at California (Sunday, 8:00 PM, Regional TV): Prediction: Arizona State 73, California 71
Arizona at Stanford (Sunday, 10:00 PM, FSN): Prediction: Stanford 80, Arizona 75

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