Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
#23 Stanford (13-2) at Oregon (11-4)
4:30 PM CBS
The winner of this game moves into 3rd place in the Pac-10 while the loser falls into the middle of the pack. Despite equal 2-1 conference records, I can't help but feel that Oregon lucked out facing Arizona without Bayless. Still, the Ducks are solid and beat California by 9 at home earlier in the week. My gut tells me that Stanford, whose obviously the better team on a neutral court, will win this game.. but my mind says to stick with Oregon at home.
Syracuse (12-4) at West Virginia (11-4)
2:30 PM ESPNU
Outside of Georgetown, there's a lot of good but not great teams in the Big East. This game certainly features two of those teams hoping to inch their way up the conference standings. Its hard to know what to expect out of the Cuse on the road. They have the nice overall record, but are just 1-1 in true road games, including the last loss at Cincinnati. If you can't beat the Bearcats on the road, what reason is there to think they can beat West Virginia?
Prediction: West Virginia
Virginia (10-3) at #7 Duke (12-1)
8:00 PM FSN
To be honest, I don't think this will be a very good game.. but there was little else to choose. If there's weak games to choose from, I always just go with the ranked team or the televised one. This game fits both those categories. Since beating Arizona early in the year, Virginia hasn't done anything, and the best win they have to show over the last 2 months is against 5-9 Penn. I expect Duke to roll.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
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)