Games of the Day (Saturday Edition): Georgetown at WVU
Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
#9 Georgetown (15-2) at West Virginia (15-4)
7:00 PM ESPN
West Virignia has been rock solid at home in Big East play, with wins over Notre Dame, Syracuse, and UCONN. Georgetown is a step-above those teams, but no means a lock to win in Morgantown.. having shown they're vulnerable when the lost to a similarly-talented Pittsburgh squad on the road. In that game Georgewon couldn't hit an outside shot, so it will be key that they got going from long-range. I have to take the Hoyas, but this is not a confident prediction.
Gonzaga (15-4) at #1 Memphis (18-0)
12:00 PM ESPN
The best game of the day doesn't necessarily have to be the closest or the most important. Gonzaga at Memphis gets love because both these teams are fun to watch, willing to push the tempo, and feature some good pro-level talent. The Bulldogs have won 6-straight and are a better team now that Heytvelt and Steven Gray are in the lineup. Still, Memphis has beaten Georgetown, Arizona, and USC at the Forum, so you'd be foolish to bet against them. Still, I expect this to be closer than some expect.
#11 Wisconsin (16-2) at Purdue (14-5)
The Badgers have flown up the charts by virtue of beating Texas earlier in the year and running out to a 6-0 Big Ten record. But this is their first legitimate test in league play, going on the road to a Purdue team that is an equally impressive 5-1. You never know exactly what you'll get out of a young Purdue team that does have home hiccups to Wofford and Iowa State. Still, Robbie Hummell is playing his best ball and E'Twaun Moore has stepped it up since that mid-December swoon. my gut tells me to go with Purdue, but my mind says its foolish to continually disrespect a Wisconsin program that does nothing but win. My gut wins.
Next in Line
#6 Washington State (16-2) at Arizona State (14-4)
#15 Mississippi (15-2) at Mississippi State (13-5)
#16 Texas A&M (15-4) at Oklahoma State (10-8)
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
January 23rd - Dayton at Xavier (2-1)
January 22nd - Akron at Kent State (2-1)
January 21st - Drake at Creighton (1-2)
January 20th - Texas at Oklahoma State (3-0)
January 19th - Marquette at UCONN (2-1)
January 18th - Illinois State at Drake (2-1)
January 17th - Vanderbilt at Tennessee (2-1)
January 14th - Georgetown at Pittsburgh (2-1)
January 12th - Stanford at Oregon (3-0)
January 9th - Rhode Island at Dayton (2-1)
January 8th - Florida at Alabama (2-1)
January 7th - Robert Morris at Boston College (1-2)
January 6th - North Carolina at Clemson (2-1)
January 5th - Western Kentucky at South Alabama (3-0)
January 4th - American at Brown (0-3)
January 3rd - UCLA at Stanford (3-0)
January 2nd - Houston at UMASS (2-1)