Games Iíd like to see this weekend ...
Saint Josephís at LaSalle: The Hawks fighting to get onto the bubble and should be playing desperate ball. This is a big rivalry; LaSalle has ruined things for the Hawks in the past many times and would like nothing better than to do it again. This is a last possession game.
Virginia at Clemson: Sullyís Court favorite will show they can win on the road.
Memphis at UConn: Both teams are sort of overlooked. Iím looking for the upset by Memphis.
Iowa at Penn State: The Nits are improved; they just won at Indiana. I donít think theyíve improved enough to beat the Hawkeyes, however. A win would change my mind obviously.
Pitt at North Carolina: The Tar Heels continue the upward arc by winning this one at the DeanDome. Pitt hasnít proved to me they can win on the road.
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State: Things could not be worse for Okie State; this will be game two of Marcus Smartís three-game suspension. Okieís not doing much better coming off a loss to Texas Tech. What will give? I think Okie State wins this.
VCU at Saint Louis: The two best teams in the A10 plus they are the strategic an antithesis of each other. Itís havoc vs. half-court. Saint Louis has won 16 straight but I still think this seasonís team is not as good as last seasonís. So I vote for havoc in this one.
UMass at George Washington: In the days of Coach Cal GW was a major nemesis. Remember Alexander Koul and UMass is not playing well and a road game against a good opponent wonít help that. I hate to say it but I think bad things will continue to happen.
Mississippi at Georgia: The Rebels and the great unhinged one, Marshall Henderson, need to beat a lesser team on the road to continue to think about making the tournament.
Green Bay at Cleveland State: Just when I thought the Packers had things locked up in the Horizon League they got blown out at home by Milwaukee. The Fightiní Mouse McFaddens are decent so this wonít be easy.
Indiana at Purdue: Watched this one in a bar in Indy when the Patriots were in the Super Bowl; that was great fun. One of the best rivalries, obviously. I donít think Purdue is good enough this season, however.
Towson at William & Mary: I havenít seen W&M star Marcus Thornton play a full game. Heís the best player in the CAA.
Georgia State at Troy: This is the MUST watch for me. Georgia State has won 14 in a row and is 10-0 in the Sun Belt. Iím really interested in seeing Coach Cal discard Ryan Harrow and coachís son R.J. Hunter play.
BU at Loyola of Maryland: The Terriers have to maintain to keep pace with American. Itís a road game but Loyola has been hurt by injuries.
Florida at Kentucky: This is a must watching too. Florida has had an incredible season and a win at Rupp would make it even better. I donít think the Lexington, Ky. AAU Playaz can win against as really ďteam.íí
Bryant at Wagner: Bryant is a possible NCAA team out of the NEC.
Wisconsin at Michigan: Iím now unsure about both these teams but surely Michigan will win at home.
Oregon State at Oregon: The Ducks are drowning. The Beavers have had a decent season; winning on the Jackson Pollock floor would be sweet.
St. Francis of New York at LIU: SFNY is one of the long-time Division teams that have never been to the NCAA tournament. Itís possible they could win the NEC tournament, I believe. Seeing this might let me know for sure.
Wichita State at Evansville: Pursuit of perfection is much-watch TV
Villanova at Creighton: Creighton humbled Villanova in Philly 96-68; you have to consider that an aberration. Still Creighton is 13-0 at home, practically unbeatable in Omaha.
Notre Dame at BC: It was more heartbreak for the Eagles Thursday. Theyíll win this one.
Minnesota at Northwestern: The Gophers are trying to stay on the bubble and Northwestern has been tough at home recently. Looks like a tossup.
Georgetown at St. Johnís: The Redmen are playing really well; Georgetown has been inconsistent. I canít imagine this not being close.
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