Games Iíd like to see this weekend:
Toledo at Akron: The two best teams in the MAC. This will be a preview of the tournament championship that will be played on a neutral court. Iíve become a big Toledo fan after seeing them play Kansas tough at Allen Fieldhouse. Big road win for the Rockets.
Boston College at North Carolina: Whoís been most disappointing? Good question, right? Right now the answer is BC, but a victory here could go a long way to changing that. If the Eagles play as well as they played against Syracuse, they can win. However, if North Carolina plays up to its talent level, they could blow the Eagles away.
Temple at LaSalle: Love the Big 5 games. Things have really changed, however. This game is at the Palestra and so is the Penn-Saint Josephís game, but itís not an old-fashioned doubleheader. Separate admissions. In the old days it was one admission. Now youíd have to head to a good bar with TVs to watch hoops while waiting for the night game. It used to be Cavanaughís on Market Street, but thatís long gone.
The old Bull and Barrel on Chestnut is gone too.
Florida State at Virginia: Virginia played great at Duke earlier this week and deserved a better fate. Theyíve got to be like an NFL cornerback, forget it and win this one on their home court.
Tennessee at Kentucky: Did you see how Kentucky lost to Arkansas? Amazing, but also more lack of fundamentals by the Lexington, Ky. AAU Playaz. Tennessee can win this game.
NC State at Duke: Duke got a lucky bounce to beat Virginia, and Coach K says his team is starting to play better. If thatís true, an easy win will prove it.
Oklahoma at Baylor: Both are coming off road losses, Oklahoma to Kansas State, Baylor to Texas Tech (that was a bad one). This is Oklahomaís chance to prove themselves in what will be a close game.
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount: The Zags lost at Portland, which hasnít happened since 1942. Marymountís decent and capable of an upset.
Indiana State at Wichita State: One of the best games of the day as Wichita tries to stay undefeated against a veteran team with a seven-game winning streak. Canít see the Shockers losing at home.
Pittsburgh at Syracuse: Love these Big East ... oh wait .. ACC games. Syracuse smothered North Carolina in the Dome last weekend, then joked around before overcoming BC. Pittís on the road, which feels really strange for them. Orange should prevail.
Wake Forest at Clemson: Two sneaky, improving teams. I think Clemson coach Brad Brownell is really underrated. His team isnít that talented, but itís tough.
Iowa State at Texas: Iowa State is a Sullyís Court favorite for its entertaining style of play. The home loss to Kansas Monday was humbling. The Cyclones have to bounce back and win this one on the road.
Oklahoma State at Kansas: The Big 12 has some great matchups on this day. Kansasí young team is improving rapidly and really showed me something by winning at Iowa State. Okie State is still the best team in the league and will prove it here.
Michigan at Wisconsin: Badgers will bounce back from the loss at Indiana to win this one.
UNLV at San Diego State: As Iíve written before, Aztecs are Final Four contender. They played great defense and play together on offense. They wonít lose on their home court.
Louisville at UConn: Big road win at Memphis for UConn Thursday night. Now they need to double it up with a big home win over the Cardinals.
Rutgers at Houston: My Jersey roots compels me to check up on the Scarlet Knights. Plus I want to see if Houstonís improved since I saw them in person in early December. Iím thinking they havenít, based on the pounding they got at Louisville.
Minnesota at Iowa: The Gophers beat Ohio State Thursday night, and now need a big road win. Iowa also beat Ohio State recently and needs to protect home court. I think they will, but itíll be close.
Towson at College of Charleston: Two CAA contenders. C of C new to CAA this season
Oregon at Oregon State: As always, I love the rivalry games. Oregon will be favored and the upset could change a season for Oregon State.
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