Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
#13 Marquette (13-3) at UCONN (11-5)
This might not be the best played game or even the closest, but this is an extremely important match up for these two Big East teams. Marquette hasn't come close to a winning a league road game, and a loss would drop their conference record to 3-3 and on the verge of dropping out of the Top 25. UCONN is coming a bad home loss to Providence, which leaves their conference record at 2-3. A loss would move them into 13th in the 16 team league conference, miles from the top half and even farther from the Top 25.
#11 Michigan State (15-2) at Minnesota (12-4)
Minnesota proved against Indiana that they can hang with the Big Ten's big boys, at home anyways. But I felt like the Gophers gave an A effort in that game and still lost.. so I'm not sure what to expect this afternoon. Michigan state has shown some vulnerability, losing to Iowa on the road, so a win is definitely not a lock. Raymar Morgan was a monster when MSU beat Minnesota at home, but has struggled in recent games. He'll be the difference maker.
Prediction: Michigan State
Florida State (12-6) at Wake Forest (11-5)
No big ACC game today like you expect on most Sundays, simply this battle between 1-2 squads. Wake is a slight favorite in the books (1.5 points) by virtue of being at home, but everything points to a good effort from the Noles. They've actually been pretty decent on the road all season, beating Georgia Tech, playing Clemson closely, and faring alright in non-conference play. I hate taking road teams in ACC games, but FSU is coming off two losses and should be ready to put in max effort.
Prediction: Florida State
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
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)