Games of the Night: Texas Tech at Kansas

    
March 3rd, 2008
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.

 

Texas Tech (16-12) at #9 Kansas (26-3)

9:00 PM ESPN

As odd as it sounds.. Pat Knight's Raiders still have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament.  The fact they're even within 20 team of making the field is amazing considering they lost to Centenary and Sam Houston State earlier in the year. But one win over a Top 10 team (Texas) goes along way this year.. considering how much parity there is outside of the Top 20. Still, Tech has been horrendous (1-9) away from home.. and they have little shot of winning tonight. 

Prediction: Kansas

 

Pittsburgh (21-8) at West Virginia (20-9)

7:00 PM ESPN

Pittsburgh's a Tournament lock while WVU is a Tournament probable. The Mountaineers resume is rather unimpressive though.. home wins over Marquette & Syracuse are the highlights, mixed in with a lot of wins over bad teams. Thus, their 1-7 record against Top 50 teams shouldn't give the committee much hope that they'd be competitive in an opening round game. However, a win tonight over a quality Pitt team would assure WVU of getting 10 Big East wins, which should be enough to lock up a bid.

Prediction: West Virginia

 

Santa Clara (14-14) at #23 Gonzaga (23-6)

11:30 PM CBS

Gonzaga should lock up the WCC regular season title tonight with a win over Santa Clara. The Broncos took GU to the limit back in early February (and basically blew a game they should have won), but have little shot of winning at the Kennel. It's interesting to watch Gonzaga at this point in the season.. they have a lot of talent, but still lack cohesion and consistency at times. Seems like different guys play different roles each night.. and what's happened to Josh Heytvelt?

Prediction: Gonzaga

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 75-48)

March 2nd - Clemson at Maryland (1-2)

February 28th - Maryland at Wake Forest (2-1)

February 27th - Miami at Clemson (2-1)

February 26th - Tennessee at Vanderbilt (0-3)

February 25th - Marquette at Villanova (2-1)

February 21st - South Alabama at WKU (1-2)

February 20th - UNC at NC State (3-0)

February 19th - Purdue at Indiana (2-1)

February 18th - Texas A&M at Texas (2-1)

February 16th - Stanford at Arizona (1-2)

February 14th - Wisconsin at Indiana (2-1)

February 12th - Michigan State at Purdue (2-1)

February 11th - Kansas at Texas (2-1)

February 10th - Indiana at Ohio State (2-1)

February 9th - Georgetown at Louisville (2-1)

February 7th - UCLA at Washington State (2-1)

February 6th - Duke at North Carolina (1-2)

February 5th - Florida at Tennessee (2-1)

February 4th - Gonzaga at SMC (1-2)