Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday, Nov. 26 Breakdown

Wisconsin vs. Boston College: Boston College pulled off a nice win over Texas A&M on Thursday, but Wisconsin is a different animal. Jon Leuer vs. Joe Trapani should be a fun battle. Prediction: Wisconsin 69, Boston College 57

UCLA vs. VCU: VCU had some momentum heading into its game against Tennessee, but fell late in the second half. UCLA has had some injury problems, but the Bruins have options across the board. Prediction: UCLA 76, VCU 71

Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech: This game last year would have featured a tremendous individual battle between Malcolm Delaney and James Anderson. Instead, Delaney and co. should roll. Prediction: Virginia Tech 81, Oklahoma State 69

Villanova vs. Tennessee: This will come down to the guard match-up. Tennessee has received inconsistent perimeter play, while ‘Nova has some of the best guards in the country, led by Corey Fisher. Prediction: Villanova 76, Tennessee 68

California vs. Notre Dame: California has surprised some this season, destroying New Mexico last week and knocking off Temple last night. Notre Dame defeated Georgia last night. Jorge Gutierrez will have to slow down Ben Hansbrough or Tim Abromaitis. Prediction: Notre Dame 71, California 65

Michigan vs. Syracuse: Simply put, Michigan won’t be good this season. With that said, Darius Morris and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been solid. Syracuse’s Rick Jackson has been dominant so far. Prediction: Syracuse 75, Michigan 60

Temple vs. Georgia: Both teams suffered disappointing losses last night, but this one should be good. Lavoy Allen and Trey Thompkins will do battle down low, while Travis Leslie and Juan Fernandez are very good on the perimeter. Prediction: Temple 70, Georgia 63

Ohio vs. Kansas: Ohio knocked off Georgetown in last year’s NCAA Tournament, and the Bobcats have the pieces to scare Kansas. D.J. Cooper needs a big game for Ohio. The Morris twins will be tough for Kansas. Prediction: Kansas 84, Ohio 71

Saint Mary’s vs. Texas Tech: Despite the loss of Omar Samhan, Saint Mary’s is 5-0 with Mickey McConnell leading the way. Texas Tech has been solid on the perimeter, but they need more from Mike Singletary. Prediction: Saint Mary's 81, Texas Tech 72

UNLV vs. Murray State: Two of the best non-BCS teams in the country, both could be in the second-round come March. UNLV is loaded across the board, while Murray State is balanced and plays great defense. Prediction: UNLV 73, Murray State 66

Weber State vs. Arizona State: Weber State has suffered a couple of double-digit losses this year, but Damian Lillard is a stud. Arizona State has been led by Trent Lockett, averaging nearly 20 points. Prediction: Arizona State 74, Weber State 65

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