Wednesday’s preview and Picks

  By a huge slate of games on the schedule tonight. Only 5 ranked teams in action and no games between ranked teams, but there are some important games between teams looking to prove they are tournament worthy. I have my eye on 2 games specifically. The first an SEC match up between LSU and South Carolina. 

Ben Simmons and the Tigers travel to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks who have been hanging around the edge of the Top 25 all year. After a slow start to the season which had many questioning their ability to make it to the NCAA tournament, they are now sitting in first place in the SEC at 8-2 in conference. Simmons is arguably the most talented player in the country and a virtual lock to go number 1 in this summers draft. With an at large bid not guaranteed for LSU look them and Simmons in particular to push for a conference title. LSU wins a tight one tonight 75-68

The other bubble game takes place in the Big East between two teams that currently find themselves on opposite sides of the bubble according to some. Seton Hall hosts Butler tonight at 6:30. It seems that every game the Pirates have played recently has had tournament implications, but that’s the case when your playing teams in you own conference that are all competing for that same 1 or at large bids. Seton Hall is 12-3 at home this year and have now won 4 straight. They have a week off after tonight’s game so the effort should be there and then some with so much time off. Butler has struggled in conference play after being ranked as high as 9 in the country at one point this year. Seton Hall continues their hot play as of late and win 80-68. 

Quick picks

15 Texas A&M @ Alabama. 

Despite the Tide having some inside information from Avery Johnson’s son who played last year for the Aggies, Texas A&M gets back in the win column tonight. A&M 75-65

Memphis @ Houston

This is for the gamblers out there. Houston -2 at home against the Tigers. Houston 75-68. 

20 Providence @ Marquette

The Golden Eagles came close to upsetting Xavier at home lass week. Tonight they will knock of a top 25 team and sendProvidence out of the Rankings come Monday. Marquette 72-66. 

St Bonaventure @ Fordham

What’s not to love about the Bonnies?! They win 78-66. 

St. Joeseph’s @ George Wasington

Another game between two teams competing for potentially the same at large bid in a few weeks. The winner tonight will have the advantage. DeAndre Bembry may be the best player no one is talking about averaging 17pts, 8red, 5ast he does it all. Including leading the Hawks to a win tonight.          St. Joes 73-62. 

21 Baylor @ Kansas State

Baylor is coming off of 2 straight losses while K. State is fresh off te upset of the number 1 Sooners. I’m expecting the Wildcats to be off their game after the big celebration while Baylor looks to get back into the win coloum. Baylor 80-70. Also take the Bears with the points. They’re currently getting 2

Iowa State @ Texas Tech

Niang has a big game leading the Cyclones to a win Iowa State 75-62

Washington@ Utah

Pac 12 teams usually don’t get a lot of love cause they tip off so late but man can the games be entertaining. Washington will drive you crazy if your a fan and I’m sure at least 1 person has a heart attack watching them play. They play fast and are 5th in the country in scoring but are 331st in defense. I’m taking the Huskies with the points but Utah to win the game. Utah 82-75 

Super Tuesday

Texas nearly handed Oklahoma its second straight loss last night until National POY Buddy Hield, who scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half including the last 12 points of the game and the go ahead 3 with 1.3 seconds left, rescued the Sooners. Texas should have gained a lot of respect from voters after outplaying OU for the majority of the game, and they have multiple chances in the next two weeks to prove they’re for real.

Tonight’s games to watch and picks for Super Tuesday. 

10 WVU @ 6 Kansas

Press Virginia will have to be in full effect tonight at Lawrence Fieldhouse where the Jayhawks have won 38 straight games. West Virginia is looking to become the first team since 00-01 to complete the season sweep of KU. Huggins team certainly won’t be intimidated by the Phog, but it won’t be enough in the end. KU wins a close one 86-78. 

Pitt @ 12 Mami 

The Hurricanes take of business as the push for an ACC title.             UM 80-68. 

8 Michigan State @ 18 Purdue

After losing 2 straight The Spartans have now won 4 in a row and Izzo once again has them in position for a final four run. Purdue is looking to rebound from a close loss to Maryland on the weekend. The Boilermakers hold the edge in the paint with Hammons, Haas, and Swanigan. Valentine and Forbes will have to be huge on the perimeter for MSU. I’m taking Purdue in a mini upset. Purdue 75-70. 

5 Xavier @ Creighton

Xavier hasn’t been playing their best basketball as of late and has still been able to pull out wins. I think they have a loss coming sooner than later and a Creighton team that can really shoot the 3 at home is the perfect recipe for an upset. Creighton pulls the upset 80-74. 

Quick picks

19 Dayton over Duquesne comfortably 82-75. 

Monmouth over Marist. Bench Mob keeps rolling 86-65

7 Virginia continues its winning ways over Virginia Tech 70-62. 

9 UNC gets back in the win column against BC. 86-78. 

Georgia upsets UK in Lexington. 78-70. 

Top 25

Top 25

as of 2/7/16

Lots of movement in the Top 25 after another week of upsets. 2 big movers in Oregon, and Texas. Now that football is over it’s officially College Basketball and March Madness time.

  1. Maryland
  2. Xavier
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Iowa
  5. Villanova
  6. Kansas
  7. West Virginia
  8. Virginia
  9. North Carolina
  10. Michigan State
  11. Oregon
  12. Louisville
  13. Miami (Fl)
  14. Purdue
  15. SMU
  16. Texas
  17. Iowa State
  18. Texas A&M
  19.  Baylor
  20. Dayton
  21. Wichita State
  22. Providence
  23. Arizona
  24. Indiana
  25. Notre Dame

Dropped out : Kentucky

New this week : Notre Dame

Others in consideration : Kentucky, Duke, Pitt, Seton Hall, Florida

 

Wednesday Night Action

Game to watch and picks for tonight’s games

St. John’s @ #6 Xavier 

Xavier at home against a St. John’s team winless in Big East Play Musketeers win big. 88-65

Arkansas @ Florida

Both teams have upset top 10 opponents inside the past week. Give the edge to the home team. Gators win a close one. 75-70. 

Notre Dame @ Miami (Fl)

The Irish have fallen out of the Top 25 and The Canes are looking to get back on track after a blowout loss to NC State. Notre Dame pulls the road upset 75-68

#5 Iowa and #9 Virginia both win big at home. 

Sneaky good game of the night. Creighton @ #3 Villanova. The Pavillion is one of the toughest places to play to the country. Creighton is a team that can hang around if the game becomes a shooting contest. Nova wins a game that is closer than most expect. 81-78. 

#4 Maryland takes care of Nebraska on the road in convincing fashion. 

Another under the radar game. Seton Hall hosting Marquette. Last time these two played the Pirates ran away with it. Marquette is much improved and Henry Ellenson is starting to hit his stride. Look for a close game but if Seton Hall can neutralize Marquettes bigs as they did in game one it should make things easier. Seton Hall sweeps Marquette on the year winning 80-73. 

Other ranked teams in action tonight are #7 Kansas, #21 Wichita State, and #23 Arizona. 

Been a crazy week so far. Can expect more shuffling in the Top 25 rankings due out Sunday as well as the Bi-Weekly release of an updated Bracket for Bracketology. 

Top 25

Top 25 week of 1/31/16

It was a crazy week in college basketball with numerous Top 25 teams going down, including a couple of Top 5 teams on the road in Texas A&M, and Iowa respectively. So with. Good deal of shuffling and a few new comers, here is this weeks Top 25

  1. Oklahoma
  2. North Carolina
  3. Xavier
  4. Maryland
  5. Iowa
  6. Kansas
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Iowa State
  9. Virginia
  10. Michigan State
  11. Providence
  12. Villanova
  13. SMU
  14. West Virginia
  15. Baylor
  16. Miami (FL)
  17. Louisville
  18. Purdue
  19. Wichita State
  20. Indiana
  21. Kentucky
  22. Dayton
  23. Oregon
  24. Texas
  25. Arizona

New this week: Dayton, Oregon, Texas.

Dropped out: Duke, Notre Dame, South Carolina

Also considered : Pitt, Seton Hall Florida.

Game of the Night

#3 Iowa @ #8 Maryland

The Hawkeyes(16-3) go on the road looking to extend their winning streak to 10 in a Top 10 matchup with the Maryland Terrapins, in what should be phenomenal game featuring two of the best players in the Big Ten Conference. 

Jarrod Uthoff, 19pts 6rebs, leads the Hawkeyes who have been a surprise this year rising to #3 in the National Rankings, and undefeated in Conference play ,after being picked to finish 8th in the Big Ten. 

Maryland (17-3) is lead by Big Ten player of the year candidate Melo Trimble, 15 pts 6 asts. With losses @UNC @UM and @MSU they’re once again right in the thick of the National Title conversation, and they will go as far as Trimble can carry them.  While that have gray players around him in Sulaimon, Layman, Carter, and Stone, Melo is the unquestioned leader of this team. 

I’m looking for a tightly contested game throughout that will come down to one of the stars making a play for his team in the final 2 minutes. 

Prediction :

Maryland 78 Iowa 73