Game Predictions: SJU/Temple, UCLA/Stanford

March 15th, 2008

Saint Joseph's (21-11) vs Temple (20-12)

6:00 PM

Many think that St. Joe's locked up a tourney bid by beating Xavier yesterday.. but I'm not so sure.  If Temple wins, the committee may be reluctant to give the A10 a third bid, especially in light of the WCC already getting 3 teams in. Either way, this should be an extremely close and competitive game. Both of their previous meetings were decided by a single point.. and there's no reason not to expect a hard-fought, neck and neck game throughout. This is a must watch game.. but unfortunately most won't see it.

Prediction: Saint Joseph's


#11 Stanford (26-6) at #2 UCLA (30-3)

6:00 PM CBS

Some have the perception that conference tournaments don't matter for Top 25 teams, but extreme effort and a high level of play can be expected in the Pac-10 title game. Stanford is still bitter about their controversial OT loss to the Bruins just 10 days back.. and is hungry to exact revenge. Considering UCLA is the #2 team in the country and the game is in LA, its a testament to the respect Stanford has that they're only 3 point underdogs. The Brook Lopez/Kevin Love matchup is as good as you'll find in college basketball.

Prediction: UCLA


Boise State (24-8) vs New Mexico State (21-13)

9:00 PM ESPN2

Its certainly been a disappointing year for the WAC.. no serious at-large contenders and an eventual champion that might be seeded below the likes of Austin Peay, Cornell, Belmont, etc. New Mexico State has been playing good ball of late though, winners in 10 of 11, and they get to host the Championship game.  Due to the home-court advantage, the Lobos are heavy 7 point favorites.  Based on how other non-neutral final games have gone (American over Colgate, USD over Gonzaga, etc), its a no-brainer to go with the home team here.

Prediction: New Mexico State


Other Big Games:

UNLV vs BYU - The MWC Title game (BYU)

Akron vs Kent State - The MAC Title Game.. can Akron steal a bid? (Kent State)

Pittsburgh vs Georgetown - Can G'Town be stopped? No (Georgetown)


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 97-56)

March 13th - Ohio State vs Michigan State (2-1)

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)