Game Predictions: NIT Semifinals
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
UMASS (24-10) vs Florida (24-11)
7:00 PM ESPN2
You have to respect these teams for making to the Garden by actually winning road games. The win at Syracuse wasn't shocking for UMASS as they already beat the Orange at the Carrier Dome and generally had a better season. Florida's win was a bit more surprising considering the final 70-57 margin wasn't even close, it was across multiple time zones, and ASU had been very successful at home. UMASS will need a big effort from CHN Fourth Team All-American Gary Forbes, who has struggled during the NIT run. He's just 6-24 over his last two games, which won't cut it against a Billy Donovan team. The Gators are favored by 4 but I like the Minutemen.
Ole Miss (24-10) at Ohio State (23-13)
9:00 PM ESPN2
Ole Miss hasn't been very good away from home this season, but they did have to beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to get here. I don't put much stock into that win because I have little respect for the Hokies talent. Tonight should be a big challenge for the Rebels against an OSU team that returns to the Garden after playing here in the Preseason NIT. Unlike VT, Ohio State has similar strengths (PG & C) as Ole Miss. The individual Chris Warren vs Jamar Butler and Dwayne Curtis vs Kosta Koufous matchups should be worth watching.
Prediction: Ohio State
There's a CBI finals game tomorrow night, but really, does anyone care?
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 108-66)
March 24th - Dayton at Illinois State (3-0)
March 23rd - Davidson vs Georgetown (2-1)
March 21st - Davidson vs Gonzaga (0-3)
March 19th - New Mexico at California (1-2)
March 18th - Mt St Mary's vs Coppin State (2-1)
March 14th - Kansas vs Texas (2-1)
March 14th - St. Joseph's vs Temple (1-2)
March 13th - Ohio State vs Michigan State (2-1)
March 12th - Arizona State at USC (2-1)
March 12th - Syracuse vs Villanova (2-1)
March 11th - IUPUI at Oral Roberts (3-0)
March 10th - Gonzaga at San Diego (1-2)
March 9th - Florida at Kentucky (1-2)
March 8th - UNC at Duke (2-1)
March 5th - Tennessee at Florida (2-1)
March 4th - UNLV at New Mexico (3-0)
March 3rd - Texas Tech at Kansas (3-0)
March 2nd - Clemson at Maryland (1-2)