Games of the Night: #23 Gonzaga vs San Diego
San Diego (20-13) at #23 Gonzaga (25-6)
9:00 PM ESPN
Taking advantage of their home-court gift, San Diego knocked off St Mary's last night in double-OT. But the Torreros aren't just a fluke, as their 11-3 WCC record and Top 100 RPI attest (remember when they beat Kentucky in Rupp?) They have a true star in Brandon Johnson, who has been at the forefront of all their big wins, and who came up clutch last night. But after playing 50 minutes last night approaching midnight, it will probably be too much to ask Johnson to score 25+ once again. Gonzaga's the pick, but USD against the 7.5 spread looks good.
Rider (23-9) at Siena (21-10)
7:00 PM ESPN2
These two teams tied for the conference lead with 13-5 records, have both won 5 straight, and are very similar statistically.. but the Saints have the unfair advantage of playing the MAAC Championship on their home court. Oddly enough though, the road team won both matchups between these two teams giving the Broncs hope. The other thing Rider has going for it is Jason Thompson.. a senior forward coming off a dominant 32 point, 18 rebound game yesterday. Thompson owned Siena the previous two games and will put the Broncs on his back.
William & Mary (17-15) at George Mason (22-10)
7:00 PM ESPN
I watch a lot of basketball games.. read a lot of game stories.. peruse a lot of box scores.. yet I know absolutely nothing about William & Mary. Seriously, when was the last time this program mattered? For the last decade, they have been one of consistently worst teams in the country.. and even this year at 17-15 with an RPI of 155, they're just mediocre. Yet W&M is in the CAA finals after upsetting VCU in the semis. Who knew.
Prediction: George Mason
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 87-51)
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)