Games of the Day: Florida at Kentucky

    
March 9th, 2008
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.

 

Florida (21-9) at Kentucky (17-11)

12:00 PM CBS

If I decided the field of of 65.. this game would probably be meaningless. Neither team would be included. But alas, there's a committee in Indianapolis that picks the field instead.. and surely they will invite one of these two teams to the dance. Even worse, because Florida is such a hopeless road team.. it means that a Kentucky team that lost to Gardner Webb and San Diego at home will be in the NCAA Tournament.

Prediction: Kentucky

 

Illinois State (24-8) at #21 Drake (27-4)

2:00 PM CBS

Barring some kind of great injustice (which I wouldn't put past the committee), both of these teams are headed to the NCAA Tournament. But still, intensity will be running high in Saint Louis because the MVC title is on the line .. and its not very often a Valley team gets to play on national TV. Drake won both earlier meetings, but the scores were close.. including the last time in Normal when the Redbirds led for 30 minutes. Drake is a 2.5 point favorite.. but I have a feeling they're going to lose today (then again I felt the same thing yesterday against Creighton).

Prediction: Illinois State

 

Maryland (18-12) at Virginia (14-14)

7:30 PM FSN

By most accounts, the Terps are still inside the field of 65. But due to blowing a big lead against Clemson, they're right on the bubble with no room to spare. There's no other way to describe tonight's game than "must win." I don't like to take sides very often.. but a part of me is hoping Maryland loses so that a more deserving team gets in instead.

Prediction: Maryland

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 86-50)

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)