Games of the Night: South Alabama at Western Kentucky

February 21st, 2008

Games of the Night


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


South Alabama (21-5) at Western Kentucky (21-5)

8:00 PM ESPN

The top two teams in the Sun Belt meet up with first place on the line. WKU has a 13-1 league record, while USA is 13-2. Both of these teams are in the running for an at-large bid, but the Jaguars have the edge in RPI and overall resume. Ideally, if you're a Sun Belt fan and want two teams to make it.. you'd need USA to win this game, and win out until the conference tournament.. where they lose to WKU in the finals. This would probably give them enough strength to make it as an at-large team.

Prediction: Western Kentucky


UMASS (16-9) at Rhode Island (20-6)

7:00 PM ESPN

A rare quality non-BCS matchup that is televised, this A10 clash features two teams vying for NCAA Tournament position. A week ago, URI looked like they would cruise into the Big Dance, but back to back losses dropped them 6-5 in league play with an RPI of 31. Two weeks ago these teams met back in UMASS and the Rams almost pulled out a victory, despite Will Daniels not being 100%. URI has a very favorable schedule the rest of the way, and a win tonight will be the start of a big finish.

Prediction: Rhode Island


Oregon (15-10) at USC (15-9)

11:00 PM FSN

Today's third game also doesn't include a ranked team.. but simply two teams focused on the NCAA Tournament. Oregon is firmly on the edge of the bubble.. the last team in the field as of now according to some. But the dreaded trip to LA to face USC and UCLA will not help the cause. A loss in both of these upcoming games would drop them to 6-9 in Pac-10 play, which won't get it done. Thus tonight's game is pretty huge for the Ducks.. and I expect them to give a very good effort. Still, USC is the pick.. but I like Oregon against a 5.5 point spread.

Prediction: USC


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 67-38)

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)