Games of the Night: Kansas at Texas

    
February 11th, 2008

Games of the Night

 

A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.

 

#5 Kansas (23-1) at #12 Texas (19-4)

9:00 PM ESPN

Despite hanging tough in the Big 12 standings, Texas hasn't been playing great basketball in recent weeks. Because of that, the Longhorns are a rare home underdog (4 points). Beginning with the Texas A&M loss, DJ Augustin's shooting touch has been way off. He's a horrible 18 of 61 (29.5%) in the last four games, which won't cut it against and their impressive 84 ppg scoring average. Unless Augustin gets hot and goes off for 25 or more, the Jayhawks should get the W.

Prediction: Kansas

 

Utah State (18-6) at Nevada (15-8)

10:00 PM

The WAC is just a one-bid league so every game has significance. Obviously the conference tournament will provide the real drama, but the league standings will at the very least set up seeding for that bracket and a potential NIT bid for the regular season winner. After a dismal 5-5 start, USU has gone on a 13-1 tear including a blowout win over the Wolfpack in Logan. Not surprising Nevada is much better at home (10-2), but I am surprised their favored by a hefty 7 points. Nevada is my pick, but I'd put money on the Aggies.

Prediction: Nevada

 

#23 Saint Mary's (20-3) at Santa Clara (12-10)

11:00 PM ESPN

The Gaels come in riding high, having won three straight including the big win over rival Gonzaga. But a road game at Santa Clara is by no means a lock for the 23rd ranked team. SMC did lose at San Diego earlier, and the Broncos showed they can play with the big boys by taking Gonzaga to overtime. That game was in Santa Clara's grasp if not for a bad foul by Brody Angley that allowed Stephen Gray to tie the score with 0.3 seconds on the clock.

Prediction: Saint Mary's

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)

February 10th - Indiana at Ohio State (2-1)

February 9th - Georgetown at Louisville (2-1)

February 7th - UCLA at Washington State (2-1)

February 6th - Duke at North Carolina (1-2)

February 5th - Florida at Tennessee (2-1)

February 4th - Gonzaga at SMC (1-2)

January 30th - Indiana at Wisconsin (1-2)

January 29th - VCU at George Mason (2-1)

January 28th - Louisville at UCONN (1-2)

January 27th - Duke at Maryland (2-1)

January 26th - Georgetown at West Virginia (3-0)

January 24rd - 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)