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NCAA Basketball Preview for 1/17/11- MLK Day

Game of the Night

(3) Syracuse 18-0 (5-0) at (4) Pittsburgh 17-1 (5-0)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12:  Head coach Jamie Dixon of the Pittsburgh Panthers looks on during a college basketball game against the Georgetown Hoyas on January 12, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  The Panthers won 72-57.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

(Jamie Dixon)

This will be a brawl.

Syracuse is looking to get off to their best start since the 1999-2000 season where they sizzled to a 19-0 start before losing to Seton Hall.  That squad finished 26-6, and lost to Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen.

Pittsburgh comes off a win over Seton Hall.

SYRACUSE

The Orange overhauled their frontcourt, but like last year, they’re tough and physical inside.  Arinze Onuaku and Wes Johnson have been replaced by Fab Melo and Kris Joseph.  They will be Kris Joseph tonight due to a head injury.  He’s Cuse’ leading scorer.  He’s Jim Boeheim’s typical starting small forward; long and athletic. 

James Southerland will start for Joseph tonight.

Freshman center Fab Melo has a tough task on his hands trying to keep Pittsburgh off the glass.  It’s his first true test against a big, physical player in the paint so far this season.

Rick Jackson is a pounder inside.  He has 11 double-doubles so far this season.

I’m curious to see which of these two goes up against Pitt’s Gary McGhee.

Scoope Jardine and Brandon Triche make up the backcourt. 

Jardine has solid vision, but is susceptible to ball pressure.  He’s recorded 16 turnovers in his last three games.  The Panthers put defensive pressure on the opposing guards and force giveaways. 

Triche has improved his jumpshot.

PITTSBURGH

It’s going to come down to the offensive glass in my opinion.  Gary McGhee is such an underrated asset for Pittsburgh.  He’s like an NFL nose-tackle who occupies a lot of space using his large frame.

Nasir Robinson is a small four who’s scrappy and hits the boards.

Pittsburgh is second in the country in rebounding.

Brad Wannamaker, Ashton Gibbs and Gilbert Brown provide the scoring, and guys like McGhee give these three great offensive threats second possessions by getting the offensive rebound.

All three shoot the three ball over 40-percent.

Wannamaker protects the ball, Gibbs has a nice mid-range game and Brown is a superb athlete.

PREDICTION- Pitt- 66-56

Pitt’s at home and the Orange don’t have Kris Joseph.

The Panthers backcourt is better, and without Joseph, their frontcourt is better.

THE BEST OF THE REST

(Andrew Goudelock)

So some games have already been played, and St. John’s won again.  This time upsetting a suddenly struggling Notre Dame team at home.

  • B12- (2) Kansas 17-0 (2-0) at Baylor 12-4 (2-1)

Baylor’s at home, and they need this win.  After starting the season in the top ten, the Bears have dropped out of the polls.  I think Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn has a ball game.

Bay- 81-79

  • B12- (24) Kansas State 13-6 (1-2) at (14) Missouri 15-3 (1-2)

We’re really starting to see what Denis Clemente meant to the Wildcats last season.

Mizz- 78-66

  • MAAC- Fairfield 12-4 (5-1) at Rider 12-6 (4-2)

Huge game in terms of the pecking order of the conference.

Rid- 69-67

  • South- Charleston 12-5 (5-0) at Chattanooga 10-8 (6-0)

Watch this game just to see Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock play, he’s special.

Charl- 71-67

NCAA BB 1/13/11 Recap and 1/14/11 Preview- The Cardinal Shock The Huskies

NCAA BB 1/13/11 Preview

NCAA BB 1/12/11 Recap

GAME OF THE NIGHT

Stanford- 58 Washington- 56

(Jeremy Green)

Josh Owen’s tip in with 29 seconds left proved to be the game-winner for Stanford as they upset the Huskies.

With the loss of forward Landry Fields, Stanford was overlooked heading into the season with third year coach Johnny Dawkins at the helm. 

In Dawkins first two years, the Cardinal finished eighth and ninth in the Pac 10.

This is a win that got Stanford into the bubble discussion.  It’s a great home win for them against a quality opponent early on in Pac 10 play.  They’ve put themselves in a good position  early on in conference play after some tough losses in non-conference play.  Now they have to go out and win some more games in the Pac 10.  A 12-6 mark in conference play could lead to a NCAA Tournament appearance.

Junior guard Jeremy Green is Stanford’s top scoring option and arguably the best shooter in the Pac 10.  He scored 12 last night.

The main culprit of Stanford’s turnaround has been the play of freshmen Dwight Powell, Aaron Bright, Anthony Brown and Andy Brown.

Josh Owens took a medical redshirt last season due to an undisclosed illness.  His return this season has been huge.  He had 14 points last night including the game-winner.

FASTBREAK POINTS

(Blake Hoffarber)

  • Minnesota got a huge home win over Purdue.  Fellow Bleacher Report writer Mark Miller did a great job breaking down the Gophers win. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/571956-barn-burner-golden-gophers-knock-off-no-8-purdue-at-williams-arena
  • Virginia Tech led North Carolina 40-31 at the 15:20 mark of the second half.  The Tar Heels outscored the Hokies 33-21 the rest of the way to win it 64-61.
  • There were many key lower mid-major games last night,
  • Drexel got a huge resume building win at home against Old Dominion in CAA play. 
  • Belmont is looking like a possible giant killer in the NCAA Tournament if they can win the Atlantic Sun.  They throttled Lipscomb 88-52.
  • Coastal Carolina is 6-0 in the Big South after a 74-69 win over Winthrop, a team that’s dominated the conference the last decade.
  • Utah State beat Boise State 68-59 to move to 4-0 in the WAC.
  • Portland won a 79-78 double overtime thriller against  in WCC play.
  • Richmond has been a bit of a head-scratcher so far this year.  They lost to Rhode Island 78-74 at home in A-10 play last night.

TOP 3 PERFORMANCES

  1. Blake Hoffarber (Min)- 26 pts, 4 asst in win over Purdue.
  2. Klay Thompson (WSU)- 36 pts, 5 asst in loss to Cal.
  3. JaJuan Johnson (Pur)- 29 pts, 11 reb in loss to Minnesota.

PREVIEW FOR 1/14/11

(Derek Needham)

There’s only seven games on the slate tonight.

  • Hor- Butler 12-5 (4-1) at Detroit 10-7 (4-1)

Tough road game for Butler, but I think they find a way to win.

But- 71-64

  • MAAC- Iona 10-6 (4-1) at Rider 12-5 (4-1)

The MAAC crown is wide open this year with Siena having a down season.  Rider and Iona are tied for second in the conference,

I’ll take the Broncs at home.

Rider- 75-71

  • MAAC- Fairfield 12-3 (6-0) at Loyola (Md) 6-9 (2-3)

Derek Needham and the Stags look to stay undefeated in the MAAC on the road.

Fair- 74-64

YOOOAdrian’s NCAA Basketball Preview for 1/13/11- No. 8 Purdue Visits the Barn

1/12/11 Recap

1/12/11 Preview

 

GAME OF THE NIGHT

 (8) Purdue 15-1 (4-0) at (25) Minnesota 12-4 (1-3)

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  The Minnesota Golden Gophers mascot Goldy entertains the fans during a break in the 76 Classic game between Texas A&M and Minnesota at Anaheim Convention Center on November 29, 2009 in Anaheim, California. Texas A&M defeated Minnesota 66-65.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Robbie Hummel was supposed to be a National Player of the Year Candidate for Purdue this season.  Unfortunately, another ACL injury cost him his season.

The Boilermaker senior leadership banded the team together, and Purdue has gotten off to a great start in the Big Ten.  But, this trip to “The Barn” in my opinion, is the toughest game on the slate thus far for Purdue.

Minnesota is 1-3 in the Big Ten, but they’ve lost all three of those games on the road to ranked opponents; Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State.  

PURDUE

It starts with a pair of senior leaders; guard E’Twaun Moore and forward Jajuan Johnson, the heart and soul of Purdue. 

Moore is silky-smooth with the ball in his hands.  He can penetrate and create his own shot, and possesses a fine floater when he gets in the lane.  He’s averaging 18.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.1 apg and 1.7 spg.

Jajuan is an athletic forward with a huge wingspan.  He’s great finishing on the break.  He also has an array of moves in his post game, and can step out and hit a jump shot.  Johnson averages 19.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, and 2.5 bpg.

Role players like Ryne Smith, Kelsey Barlow, Terone Johnson, Lewis Jackson and D.J. Byrd have all stepped up.

Purdue plays tough, in your face, man-to-man defense.

MINNESOTA

“The Barn” is an 82-year old facility, but it’s one of the toughest places to play in the country.  The floor is raised two-feet off the ground, so coaches and players sit below the playing surface.  The only other raised floor in college basketball is at Vanderbilt.

The Golden Gophers have a balanced attack; solid both inside and outside.

Blake Hoffarber, Trevor Mbakwe, and Ralph Sampson III all average double-digits in scoring.

Al Nolen has been good at the point guard position.  His greatest asset is his ability to create turnovers.  He averages 3.7 apg.

The story for Minnesota has been the stellar play of the 240-pounder inside, Trevor Mbakwe.  Mbakwe returned to team practice on Monday after being sidelined for an assault accusation.

Mbakwe is a fantastic rebounder who averages 10.4 rpg and 13.4 ppg.

The match-up inside of Mbakwe and Johnson will be fun to watch.

PREDICTION- Min 56-54

THE BEST OF THE REST

(Chris Fouch)

  • CAA- Old Dominion 12-3 (3-1) at Drexel 10-4 (2-2)

If Drexel wins this one is it possible that the Colonial can get two bids for the NCAA Tournament?

Old Dominion is the favorite, but Drexel has an impressive road win at Louisville that they can count on come Selection Sunday. 

In order for Drexel to have a shot at the Big Dance,I think they have to go at least 13-3/12-4 in conference play and get to the final of the CAA Conference Tournament.

Drex- 64-62 OT

  • ACC- Virginia Tech 10-4 (1-1) at North Carolina 11-4 (1-0)

The team always on the bubble in the Hokies vist Chapel Hill.  This would be a nice road win for Tech.

VT- 78-75

  • Pac10- (18) Washington 12-3 (4-0) at Stanford 9-5 (2-1)

Interesting road test against Stanford.

UW- 80-72

  • BEast- Providence 11-6 (0-4) at West Virginia 10-4 (2-2)

The Mountaineers have to take care of business at home against an inferior opponent.

WVU- 71-58

  • A10- Rhode Island 9-6 (0-1) at Richmond 13-4 (2-0)

The Rams haven’t gotten off the quick start they’ve been accustomed to the last couple of years.

The Spiders have felt the effects of the loss of guard David Gonzalvez.  He and Kevin Anderson complemented each other well.

I expect Richmond to patch things up in conference play and once again be an at-large selection in the tournament.

Rich- 79-66

  • ASun- Lipscomb 9-6 (4-2) at Belmont 14-3 (6-0)

The two best teams, in my opinion, in the Atlantic Sun do battle.

Lipscomb has forward Adnan Hodzic, the favorite to win the A-Sun Player of the Year award for the second straight year.

Belmont is the team that almost shocked Duke as a 15th seed in the First-Round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.  They lost to Tennessee by just a point earlier this season.

Bel- 81-78

  • BSouth- Winthrop 7-8 (3-2) at Coastal Carolina 14-2 (5-0)

Just like in the Atlantic Sun, the two best teams in the Big South meet up.

The Chanticleers are a potential 14/15 seed in the NCAA Tournament if they win their Conference Tournament.  They have the size inside to hang with a BCS team in a potential first round encounter.

CC- 70-56

NCAA Basketball Recap For 1/12/11- FSU Shocks No. 1 Duke

Game of the Night:

Florida State- 66 Duke- 61

(Derwin Kitchen)

The Seminoles dictated a slow tempo throughout the game and a stifling defensive attack en route to an upset 66-61 home win over Duke.

Seminole guard Derwin Kitchen put the team on his back.  He played with fire and aggression, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Duke shot just 31-percent from the field, the Seminole defense played great.

The Blue Devils inside game was non existent for most of the night.

The Seminoles hit five consecutive free-throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

It’s the third time that Florida State beat Duke at home since 2002.  The win also snaps the Blue Devils 25-game winning streak.

UPSET OF THE NIGHT- LOOK ABOVE FSU OVER DUKE

Fastbreak Points

  • The quintessential top three of the Big East (Pitt, Syracuse and Nova) all won in convincing fashion tonight.  Pitt and Syracuse on the road, and Nova over Louisville at home
  • No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Kansas didn’t play their best basketball, but both won winnable road conference games in narrow margins.  The Buckeyes defeated Michigan 68-64, and the Jayhawks took care of Iowa State 84-79.
  • No 6. San Diego State did what it had to do, win at home over UNLV in Mountain West play 55-49.
  • How about Colorado, a sleeper in the Big 12, picking up a nice road win over No. 20 Kansas State 74-66.
  • No. 13 Texas A&M destroys Oklahoma State at home 71-48.

Top Three Performances

  1. Derwin Kitchen (FSU) 22 pts, 10 reb in win over No. 1 Duke
  2. Kawhi Leonard (SDSU) 15 pts 17 reb in 55-49 win over UNLV
  3. Ashton Gibbs (Pitt) 22 pts in road win over No. 19 Georgetown

YOOOAdrian’s NCAA Basketball Preview for 1/12/11- (5) Pitt at (19) Georgetown Headlines an Interesting Wednesday

1/11/11 Recap

1/11/11 Preview

MATCHUP OF THE DAY: (5) Pittsburgh 15-1 (3-0) at (19) Georgetown 12-4 (1-3)

(Brad Wanamaker) 

Georgetown started the season red hot winning their first eight games.  This included a win at Missouri.  Since the blistering beginning, the Hoyas are just 4-4 and 1-3 in the Big East.  They lost to Temple, Notre Dame and St. John’s on the road and West Virginia at home.

Pittsburgh played a tough 13 game non-conference schedule before the start of Big East play.  Their only misstep was a home loss to Tennessee.  They won the Coaches vs Cancer Classic in New York; They beat Maryland in the semis and Texas in the final.  They’ve started 3-0 in the Big East. 

GEORGETOWN

The trio of Chris Wright, Jason Clark and Austin Freeman are the main scorers for the Hoyas.  All average twelve plus points a game; Freeman (17.9), Jason Clark (13.5) and Wright (12.5). The threesome complement each other well; Clark is a spot-up shooter, Freeman is a slasher, and Wright drives and kicks.

Georgetown shoots the ball extremely well.  As a team, the Hoyas rank second in the country in field goal percentage (51.6%).

The Hoyas two bigs inside, Julian Vaughn and Hollis Thompson both shoot the ball over 52-percent.  They both snatch down five plus rebounds a night.

PITTSBURGH

It starts with defense for Pitt, they have to make Georgetown make tough shots.

The Panthers too shoot the ball well, 11th in the country in field goal percentage (49.3%).  They have an effective scoring trio as well; Brad Wanamaker, Ashton Gibbs and Gilbert Brown. 

They take good shots and move the ball around, referenced by their No. 1 ranking in assists at 20.4 per game.  Wanamaker averages 5.3 assists, and Gibbs and Brown each dish it three plus times a night.  

They hit the glass hard.  The Panthers are third in the country in rebounding pulling down 42.8 rebounds a night.

Senior center Gary McGhee is the x-factor tonight.  He averages 7.2 rebounds per game.  If he can get some offensive rebounds inside and get Pittsburgh extra possessions, that may be the main reason Pitt wins the game. 

PREDICTION- Pitt 86-82

Georgetown is tough at home, and both teams shoot the lights out of the basketball, but I think Pitt’s toughness inside wins them this game.

THE BEST OF THE REST

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(Steve Lavin)

  • B-East: (4) Syracuse 16-0 (3-0) at St. John’s 10-4 (3-1) *****UPSET SPECIAL*****

Steve Lavin has the Red Storm faithful fired up about this year’s team.  Especially after a huge home upset win over Georgetown.  Can they pull another home shocker?

SJU- 74-72

  • B-East- (17) Louisville 13-2 (2-0) at (7) Villanova 14-1 (3-0)

Tough road test for Pitino and the Cardinals.

Nova- 83-72

  • ACC- (1) Duke 14-0 (1-0) at Florida State 11-5 (1-1)

Florida State can defend, but the Duke firepower is too much.

Duke- 76-67

  • B10- (2) Ohio State 16-0 (3-0) at Michigan 11-5 (1-2)

Football, basketball, it doesn’t matter.  Ohio State is the superior athletic program for the time being.

OhSt- 71-60

  • MWC- UNLV 13-3 (1-1) at (6) San Diego State 17-0 (2-0)

UNLV is underrated, but not good enough to knock off the No. 6 Aztecs on road.

SDSU- 70-64

  • B12- Oklahoma State 13-2 (1-0) at (13) Texas A&M 14-1 (1-0)

Both teams have been somewhat surprising so far.  I’ll take the Aggies at home.

A&M- 61-58

  • MVC- Wichita State 13-2 (4-0) at Creighton 12-5 (4-1)

If the Shockers want to shock some teams in March these are games they have to win.

Wich- 57-55

  • B12- Colorado 12-4 (1-0) at (20) Kansas State 12-4 (0-1)

Colorado is a Big 12 sleeper this year, but beating the Wildcats in Manhattan is a tough task.

KState- 78-72

  • SEC- Georgia 12-2 (1-0) at Vanderbilt 11-3 (0-1)

I love the Dogs this year to make the Big Dance.  This would be a nice road win.

UGA- 75-74

YOOOAdrian’s NCAA Basketball Recap from 1/11/11- Did Michigan State Finally Turn their Season Around?

GAME OF THE NIGHT- Michigan State 64 Wisconsin 61 OT

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Draymond Green #23 of the Michigan State Spartans shoots the ball against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Draymond Green)

Is this the win Michigan State needed to turn their season around?  They picked up a huge 64-61 nailbiting overtime win over Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

Wisconsin was 34-1 when holding a lead with under 4:00 to play.  With 2:39 to go Wisconsin held a 51-43 advantage.  They turned the ball over three times in the final minute which led to the Spartans tying the game at 53 and forcing overtime. 

The Spartans Draymond Green is still shooting a lot of jump shots, but tonight he got to the rim more often.  He scored the first eight Michigan State points in overtime.  He finished the game with 26 points. 

Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas started slow and dealt with foul trouble, but he made some key plays down the stretch.  He was aggressive as he slashed to either get to the tin, or dish it off to an open jump shot.  He had 17 points and six assists, but was just 4-for-17 from the field. 

Michigan State forward Delvon Roe did a great job on Wisconsin’s leading scorer Jon Leuer had just 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Wisconsin center Keaton Nankavil did all he could.  He scored 17 points, knocking down five of his six three point attempts.

Player of the Game- Draymond Green

Unsung Hero- Delvon Roe

UPSET OF THE NIGHT- Penn State 57 (16) Illinois 55

(Talor Battle)

Andrew Jones’ putback with .7 left gave the Nittany Lions the win.

Illinois better start hitting the glass if they want to be successful in the NCAA Tournament.  They were out-rebound by Penn State 33-27. 

Talor Battle is quickly becoming this year’s version of Maryland great Greiviz Vasquez; a player who can let it fly from anywhere on the court. And make them!

With the shot clock running down midway through the second half for Penn State, Battle stood at the top of the Penn State decal basketball in hand.  He set his feet, launched, and split the strings!  Bryce Jordan Center exploded! 

Battle had 26 points on the night, 4-for-9 from three.

FASTBREAK POINTS

  • Tenth ranked BYU’s Jimmer Fredette had just 47 points in a 104-79 win over Utah.
  • No. 9 Connecticut and No. 14 Kentucky both had convincing wins at home against inferior conference opponents.  The Huskies beat Rutgers 67-53, Kentucky trounced Auburn 78-54.
  • Tennessee falls to 0-2 in the SEC after a tough 81-75 overtime loss at home to Florida.  The Gators on the other hand go to 2-0 in the conference.
  • No. 14 Texas and Baylor pick up convincing Big 12 wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma respectively.
  • How about Boston College and the job first year head coach Steve Donahue (former Cornell coach) has done.  The Eagles start 3-0 in the ACC after a 75-66 home win against NC State. 

TOP 3 PERFORMANCES 

  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)- 47 points in a 104-79 win over Utah.
  2. Talor Battle (PSU)- 26 points in a 57-55 upset home win over No. 16 Illinois.
  3. Reggie Jackson (BC)- 29 pts, 5 reb, and 6 asst in 75-66 win over NC State.

YOOOAdrian’s NCAA Basketball Preview for 1/11/11- Wisconsin and Michigan State Going to Battle

Preview for 1/10/11

Recap from 1/10/11

MATCHUP OF THE DAY- (21) Wisconsin 12-3 (2-1) at (24) Michigan State 10-5 (2-1)

(Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas)

Michigan State once again has started slow early on in the season after a Final Four appearance.  Maybe the lofty expectations put on the team pres-season was unfair.  The Spartans have always been a team that gets better as the season goes along.  State also has the beneficiary of being at home at the Breslin Center.

Surprise, surprise, Bo Ryan is at it again.  He has his Badgers in fine position.  Wisconsin hasn’t finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten during the nine year tenure of Ryan.

MICHIGAN STATE

The Sparties haven’t been able to hold onto the ball.  They’ve turned it over 15 plus times a contest. 

Rebounding has been a concern.  Coach Izzo prides himself in having his teams box out.  Last year the team was first in the Big Ten in rebounding margin at +8.6.  The rebounding margin for the Sparties so far this season has been just +2.

Draymond Green and Delvon Roe are the two key rebounders; but Michigan State has yet to find a third wheel.  Green snatches down 8.9 a night while Roe pulls down 5.7.  The loss of Raymar Morgan seems to be bigger and bigger as the season has gone along. 

I’m not sure what’s up with Kalin Lucas; maybe my expectations of him were too high.  He’s still not playing bad, but I thought he would be a National Player of the Year contender.  His assist to turnover ratio isn’t great.  He’s averaging 14.3 ppg, 3.5 apg, but also 2.6 turnovers per game.  He can shoot, drive, strip and dish with the best of them, but he needs to take care of the ball. 

The leading scorer so far for Michigan State has been Durrell Summers.  He’s putting in 15.6 points a night.

WISCONSIN

You have to love Ryan’s swing offense; the guards go in the post and the forwards shoot from the perimeter.  6-foot-10 senior forward Jon Leuer has benefited greatly from Ryan’s offense.  Leuer averages 19.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg.  He causes matchup problems because of his ability to shoot the basketball.

Devin Harris, Kameron Taylor, Trevon Hughes, and now Jordan Taylor.  It’s not a fluke that Wisconsin continues to churn out talented point guards.  Not only is Taylor dishing out 4.8 assists per night, he’s giving the ball away just 1.1 times a game.  Oh, and he can also score.  He averages 16.4 points per game.

Taylor is a guy who can get in the lane, but now with his improved three point shooting (39.7 percent), he’s become a force in the Big Ten.  He shot just 32.7 percent from beyond the arc last year. 

Sophomore Ryan Evans is a stifling defender.  He’ll be on Summers.

PREDICTION- MSU- 61-59

The individual matchup of Lucas and Taylor should be fun.

Also, I’m curios to see how the Spartans defend Leuer.  I think they’ll put the athletic Roe on him.

Michigan State wins because they’re at home. 

THE BEST OF THE REST

(Penn State’s Talor Battle)

  • Big Ten- (16) Illinois 13-3 (3-0) at Penn State 9-6 (2-2)  ***UPSET SPECIAL***

Penn State’s Talor Battle and Illinois’ Demetri McCamey should have a nice little dual.  Battle averages a Big Ten leading 20.5 ppg, while McCamey puts in 16.2 points a night.

Penn State is going to have to handle the inside size of Tisdale and Davis on the glass; they both average seven rebounds a game. 

PSU- 67-64

  • SEC- Florida 12-3 (1-0) at Tennessee 10-5 (0-1)

Both teams are unranked after starting the season in the top 25. 

This should be a fun one as both teams possess some guys who can put the ball in the bucket; Tennessee 6-foot-7 Scotty Hopson (16.3 ppg) and  6-foot-8 freshman Tobias Harris (15.5 ppg) vs Florida 5-foot-8 Erving Walker (14.3 ppg) and 6-foot-2 Kenny Boynton (12.6 ppg).  As you can see the size of Tennesse will play a factor.

Ten- 81-75

  • ACC- NC State 11-4 (1-0) at Boston College 12-4 (2-0) 

Both teams have been pleasant surprises, Boston College more so than NC State.

Tracy Smith is a mammoth inside for the Wolfpack, and freshman forward C.J. Leslie has lived up to the hype thus far.

NC ST- 74-72

  • M-West- (10) BYU 16-1 (2-0) at Utah 7-9 (0-2) ***Mid-Major Game of the Night***

It’s the Holy War, anything can happen!  But BYU has the mini Larry Bird in Jimmer Fredette (24.9 ppg)

BYU- 81-68

  • Big 12- (14) Texas 12-3 (0-0) at Texas Tech 8-8 (0-1)

The Longhorns are a tricky team to gauge at home, but they should be able to take care of the Red Raiders.

Tex- 77-68

  • Big East- Rutgers 10-5 (1-2) at (9) Connecticut 12-2 (1-2) 

The Huskies come off a huge overtime win at Texas. 

Mike Rice is doing a fine job turning the Scarlet Knight around thus far.

Uconn- 84-67

  • Big 12- Oklahoma 8-7 (0-1) at Baylor 11-3 (1-0)

Oklahoma is horrible.

Bay- 76-58

  • Auburn 7-8 (0-1) at (15) Kentucky 12-3 (0-1)

Auburn scored just six first half points against LSU in their last game.  That’s not good.

UK- 91-60

  • MAC- Bowling Green 6-9 (1-0) at Kent State 9-6 (0-1)

Kent State forward Justin Green can ball.

KSU- 77-67