Sunday, February 10, 2008

Games to Watch: 2/10/08

St. Joseph's @ Xavier (A-10): First place in the Atlantic 10 is on the line tomorrow in Cincinnati. St. Joseph's has been hot as of late, but you have to like Xavier's chances playing at home. Prediction: Xavier 73, St. Joseph's 63

Indiana @ Ohio State (Big 10): No offense to the Hoosiers, but right now their high ranking is completely unjustified. They are 0-3 vs the RPI top 50. All 19 of their wins have come against sub-50 teams. DJ White and Eric Gordon are a formidable inside-out combo, but until they beat a decent team I will remain skeptical of all their hype. Ohio State, meanwhile, has fallen back on the bubble after their loss at Iowa and could really use this game to regain their footing. Prediction: Ohio State 65, Indiana 58

Massachusetts @ Temple (A-10): Temple is only 11-10, but that is largely a byproduct of their brutal schedule. They have been a formidable opponent at times this year, taking Duke to the wire and beating Xavier. UMass badly needs to win this game, but it will not be easy. Prediction: UMass 74, Temple 72

Arizona State @ Arizona (Pac 10): Arizona State was sitting pretty at 4-0 in the Pac-10 and 14-2 overall. They have lost 5 straight since then and have seen their RPI fall to the 90s. Arizona is in great shape despite a 14-7 record, thanks to their #1 SOS. Arizona has been up and down this year, but I like their chances of winning this one. Prediction: Arizona 72, Arizona State 60

Clemson @ North Carolina (ACC): These two teams went to overtime the last time they played. Clemson looked dominant in their 31 point win at Virginia on Thursday, but Ty Lawson will be back for this game. While it won't be easy, this is a chance for Clemson to end their embarrassing 52-game losing streak on the road against UNC. Prediction: North Carolina 85, Clemson 76
Edit: It is now being reported that Ty Lawson will not play today against Clemson. Losing Lawson is made much worse by the fact that backup PG Bobby Frasor is out for the rest of the season. New Prediction: Clemson 83, North Carolina 78

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