Games of the Night: Marquette at Villanova

    
February 25th, 2008

Games of the Night

 

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

 

#24 Marquette (20-6) at Villanova (17-9)

7:00 PM ESPN

Texas/Kansas State features better teams and better players.. but this one gets the nod for having bigger NCAA Tournament implications.  Villanova was revived from the dead after a big week of wins over West Virginia and UCONN. Suddenly back on the bubble, the Wildcats need a win tonight in a big way, especially with a tough road game at Louisville coming up. Marquette is known as a team that struggles on the road, but they have won 3 of 4 away from Milwaukee. Still, none of those wins were against upper or even mid-tier Big East teams. Then again, Nova isn't an upper-tier team either.. so this game is very much up for grabs.  I'll take home dog Nova, who should be playing with more urgency.

Prediction: Villanova

 

#7 Texas at #25 Kansas State (18-8)

9:00 PM ESPN

On Saturday, Michael Beasley and Bill Walker combined for a ridiculous 75 points.. and the Wildcats still lost to Baylor. Better contributions will have to come from State's guards against a more talented Texas squad. Although the Longhorns are now 1st in the Big 12, K-State is still favored because they're an extremely dangerous home team (13-1). This game has NCAA Tournament seeding implications (Texas is alive for a #1), but the real interest is watching Beasley play. I'd set the over/under on him at 31 points.

Prediction: Texas

 

San Diego (16-12) at #20 St. Mary's (23-4)

10:00 PM

The Gaels have two losses to avenge tonight. First, they're coming off a home loss in BracketBusters and want to get going in the right direction (and maintain their Top 25 ranking). More importantly, their lone WCC came at the hands of San Diego a month ago. That game was relatively close, with SMC up at half and the score tied with 5 minutes to go. Brandon Johnson and Gyno Pomare dominated that game for USD, hitting just about every shot they took. That won't happen tonight as SMC wins with relative ease.

Prediction: USC

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 68-40)

February 21st - South Alabama at WKU (1-2)

February 20th - UNC at NC State (3-0)

February 19th - Purdue at Indiana (2-1)

February 18th - Texas A&M at Texas (2-1)

February 16th - Stanford at Arizona (1-2)

February 14th - Wisconsin at Indiana (2-1)

February 12th - Michigan State at Purdue (2-1)

February 11th - Kansas at Texas (2-1)

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)