Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
#23 Drake (16-1) at Creighton (14-3)
9:00 PM ESPN
The second time in the last week that Drake gets the top spot. This time however, they're on the road against an underrated Creighton squad. I like the Bluejays here, as do the oddsmakers who have them a 5.5 point favorite. Creighton has won five straight and seem to be getting better each week, as Dana Altman figures out which of his pieces complete the best puzzle.
#5 Tennessee (16-1) at Kentucky (7-9)
9:00 PM ESPN
As bad as Kentucky has been all year, they actually have been playing decently of late. They beat Vandy back on January 12th, and lost two close SEC roads games including an overtime affair against Florida. Even though Vandy was ranked 12th when Kentucky beat them, Tennessee is a step above talent-wise and depth-wise. This game should be relatively close throughout, and Patterson could give them fits, but the Vols will come out unscathed.
Wake Forest (12-5) at #25 Clemson (14-4)
I don't expect this game to be close, and neither does Vegas who has the spread at 12 points. Still, every other game not listed above either features two mismatched teams or two bad ones. Clemson is only 4-4 in their last 8 games, so it's not like they've been lights out, but you simply can't lose a home game to Wake.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
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)