Today's Game Predictions: Conference Finals

    
March 16th, 2008

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

 

#5 Kansas (30-3) vs #8 Texas (28-5)

3:00 PM ESPN

Although Texas has a higher RPI, 4 more Top 50 wins, and a stronger SOS.. Kansas is still favored by 6 in the Big 12 Championship game. This is partly due to the game being held in Kansas City, and partly due to the false perception that Kansas is a great team. I actually think is should be a simple pick'em.. so I'm going to pick Kansas to win, but suggest that Texas is a much better bet.

Prediction: Kansas

 

Clemson (24-8) vs #1 UNC (31-2)

1:00 PM ESPN

Perhaps decades of underachievement are suddenly behind Clemson? They beat Duke in the semis and now face nemesis UNC who barely beat the Tigers twice in OT. Ty Lawson didn't play in the last game in Chapel Hill, and though Roy Williams can claim he's only 80%, it's still a major difference. The Tar Heels are 6 point favorites.. which seems like an appropriate amount.

Prediction: UNC

 

Georgia (16-16) vs Arkansas (22-10)

3:30 PM ESPN2

It's hard to say whose a bigger surprise.. Georgia in the SEC or Illinois in the Big Ten? Either way, it would be an amazing wrinkle on Selection Sunday if one of these pedestrian squads snuck into the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas is a heavy favorite, which isn't surprising consider Georgia has a sub 100 RPI and played 80 minutes of high quality basketball yesterday. Still, it was the Bulldogs who won 82-69 the last time these teams met. Georiga's already knocked off three Top 60 teams on their way to the title game.. but I'm not sure they have any magic left.

Prediction: Arkansas

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 98-58)

March 14th - St. Joseph's vs Temple (1-2)

March 13th - Ohio State vs Michigan State (2-1)

March 12th - Arizona State at USC (2-1)

March 12th - Syracuse vs Villanova (2-1)

March 11th - IUPUI at Oral Roberts (3-0)

March 10th - Gonzaga at San Diego (1-2)

March 9th - Florida at Kentucky (1-2)

March 8th - UNC at Duke (2-1)

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

March 4th - UNLV at New Mexico (3-0)

March 3rd - Texas Tech at Kansas (3-0)

March 2nd - Clemson at Maryland (1-2)