Expert Picks: Weekend Edition

    
January 26th, 2007

Experts Picks

CHN experts predict four of the weekend's biggest games every Friday

 

#4 UNC at #17 Arizona

Saturday,1:00, CBS

#7 Oregon at #18 Washington State

Saturday, 10:00

VCU at Drexel

Saturday, 12:00

#23 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech

Sunday, 3:30, FSN

Jeff Borzello

Two of the best offenses around - 'Zona is desperate for a big win and are at home.

Arizona

Two surprise teams out West. WSU slows down the game and gets the W at home.

Washington State

Dragons had a huge non-conference campaign, and are simply more talented than 9-0 VCU.

Drexel

Yellow Jackets are struggling lately, but they have the athletes to hang with VT's experience.

Georgia Tech

Jason Brubaker

Hansbrough sharing the spotlight with young Heels, but senior Terry will be the key as UNC wins a close one on the road

UNC

Ducks playing well lately, but Cougars are too tough at home. One week after routing Washington, WSU scores another big home win.

Washington State

VCU has one loss since Nov. 25, plus they have a guy named Ndongo. Drexel has lost two since January 11. That's enough for me.

VCU

 

Led by Crittenton and Young, Jackets are athletic and talented. After two tough road losses, they'll return home, where they've lost only once, to pull off the upset

Georgia Tech

Shawn Siegel

Wildcats only have one win over a currently ranked team.. but Heels will be the marquee win of the season.

Arizona

 

Ducks coming off loss to Washington Thursday night make it 0 for 2 in the Evergreen State.

Washington State

 

VCU's record is better (17-3), but the Dragons (15-4) have played twice the competition.

Drexel

Jackets are the pick at home. This game will play out similarly to VT's loss at FSU on the 17th.

Georgia Tech

 

Eric Silver

 

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Interesting match ups all over the court.  Hard to imagine the Wildcats losing five games in three weeks, but the deeper Tarheels eke one out in Tucson

UNC

The Cougars have home court, but Oregon’s Aaron Brooks has been on fire (20 of 35 treys) in league games. The Ducks go to 7-1.*

Oregon

Despite VCU’s edge in overall talent, Drexel will have home court.  Having beaten Syracuse and Villanova, the Dragons won’t be intimidated by VCU’s 9-0 conference record.

Drexel

Experience (senior leadership) prevails over home court advantage, especially with Yellow Jackets missing Lewis Clinch.  Dowdell/Gordon is one of the top backcourts in the country.

Virginia Tech

Jason Tomassini

 

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Arizona might be too soft to handle Hansbrough and Wright, but the young Heels aren’t road-tested enough to win in Tuscon.

Arizona

One of these teams has to come back to Earth right? Oregon has been a great story but this looks like a good place for them to stumble.

Washington State

The Dragons have struggled against the best of the CAA, losing to Hofstra and getting crushed by ODU. VCU is looking like a scary NCAA tourney team.

VCU

The Jackets have a chance because it’s in Atlanta (the only place they win) but the Hokies experience should prevail in a close one.

Virginia Tech

 

Predicting Record

Brubaker (9-3), Borzello (7-5), Siegel (5-7), Silver (4-0), McNeill (4-4), Tomassini (2-2)

 

* Ed: Oregon dropped to 6-2 before this was published.

 

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