Today's Top Game Predictions: Ohio St vs Michigan St

    
March 14th, 2008
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.

 

Ohio State (19-12) vs #19 Michigan State (24-7)

2:30 PM ESPN2

If the season ended last night, Ohio State may well be in the field of 65. But realistically, they need to beat MSU in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Neither of these teams are good away from home (combined 27-2 at home, but 8-14 on the road), but that evens out since the games are in Indianapolis. To be honest, Michigan State has really disappointed me this season.. but they still have more talent than then the Buckeyes. MSU also has a lot on the line considering OSU recently beat them and they're in danger of dropping to a weak 7 seed.

Prediction: Michigan State

 

Saint Joseph's (20-11) vs #12 Xavier (27-5)

6:30 PM

St Joe's might have been the biggest beneficiaries of yesterday's pathetic bubble losses. Suddenly they have a great shot once again of making the field, and you have to figure a win today over Xavier would be enough to impress the committee. These two teams split their previous meetings, and there's a lot of talk in A10 circles how the Hawks match up better with Xavier than anyone else in the league. Considering how much is on the line for SJU.. their my pick, especially against a 6.5 point spread.

Prediction: Saint Joseph's

 

#21 Washington State (24-7) vs #11 Stanford (25-6)

11:30 PM

While there's no bubble implications here.. tonight's late Pac-10 semifinal features two ranked teams looking to move up the tournament bracket. Stanford particularly, could very well lock up a 3 seed if they advance to the title game. Stanford's the slight 2 point favorites, thanks to being ranked higher and because the Cardinal won both previous meetings. It's tough to beat the Cougars three times in a season, so I'll take WSU

Prediction: Washington State

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 95-55)

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)