Friday, February 13, 2009

Weekend Preview

With conference tournaments and Selection Sunday right around the corner, teams are entering their final six or seven games of the season. That means that bubble teams face must-wins across the board, while several other teams are fighting for seeds – both in conference tourneys and in the NCAA Tournament. None of the major conferences have been completely decided, and there are plenty of teams looking to make a move in the league standings to get back in the title hunt. These weekend features an abundance of games with postseason implications, although zero true marquee games; perfect for those who need to be away from the television for Valentine’s Day.

Georgetown at No. 23 Syracuse (-4.5) (Saturday, 12:00 PM, ESPN): Prediction: Syracuse 73, Georgetown 66
No. 11 UCLA at Arizona (+4) (Saturday, 1:00 PM, CBS): Prediction: UCLA 70, Arizona 65
Nebraska at No. 17 Missouri (-11) (Saturday, 1:30 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV): Prediction: Missouri 83, Nebraska 70
Minnesota at Penn State (-3) (Saturday, 1:30 PM, Big Ten Network): Prediction: Penn State 56, Minnesota 50
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Saturday, 2:00 PM): Prediction: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 63, Sam Houston State 59
No. 16 Kansas at Kansas State (+1) (Saturday, 3:30 PM, ABC): Prediction: Kansas 72, Kansas State 67
No. 25 Florida State at No. 7 Wake Forest (-8.5) (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV): Prediction: Wake Forest 81, Florida State 73
Cincinnati at No. 4 Pittsburgh (-16) (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN): Prediction: Pittsburgh 68, Cincinnati 57
Virginia Tech at Maryland (-3.5) (Saturday, 4:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV): Prediction: Maryland 83, Virginia Tech 76
Texas A&M at Baylor (-5.5) (Saturday, 6:00 PM, ESPN FullCourt/Regional TV): Prediction: Baylor 76, Texas A&M 69
East Tennessee State at Belmont (Saturday, 8:00 PM): Prediction: Belmont 86, East Tennessee State 80
Western Kentucky at Troy (-1) (Saturday, 8:30 PM, Regional TV): Prediction: Western Kentucky 78, Troy 74
No. 24 Ohio State at Wisconsin (-5.5) (Saturday, 9:00 PM, ESPN): Prediction: Wisconsin 60, Ohio State 55
No. 6 Duke at Boston College (Sunday, 5:30 PM, FSN): Prediction: Duke 77, Boston College 72

No. 3 North Carolina at Miami (Fl.) (Sunday, 7:45 PM, FSN): Prediction: North Carolina 88, Miami (Fl.) 80
USC at No. 18 Arizona State (Sunday, 10:00 PM, FSN): Prediction: Arizona State 70, USC 63

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