Games of the Night: UNLV at New Mexico

March 4th, 2008

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


UNLV (22-6) at New Mexico (22-7)

9:00 PM

With an RPI of 27, and marginally good OOC wins against teams like San Diego, Minnesota, Nevada, and UTEP.. UNLV is basically a Tournament lock. New Mexico meanwhile is barely in the field of 65, right there with Virginia Tech on the edge of the bubble. The Lobos have a lot of wins, but are just 2-5 against Top 100 teams.. which is rather pathetic. They are a rather good home team, but lost to the MWC's other top teams (BYU & SDSU) at home.. so a win tonight is not a given. UNM is the safe pick (a loss is simply not an option for them), but I like UNLV against the 6 point spread.

Prediction: New Mexico


#15 Purdue (23-6) at Ohio State (17-12)

7:00 PM ESPN

The Buckeyes are an embarrassing 0-9 against Top 50 teams.. but did play Wisconsin and Indiana pretty evenly in Columbus. Though they're on the outside looking in right now, a win over Purdue wouldn't place them very far behind teams like UNM or VT in the pecking order. I actually like Buckeyes to pull out a low-scoring 57-52 type win.

Prediction: Ohio State


Miami (14-13) at Kent State (23-6)

7:00 PM ESPN

Despite the wide gap in overall record, these two teams are more similar talent-wise than you'd think. Miami played a brutal non-conference schedule and their last 4 conference losses either went to OT or were decided near the final buzzer. With that said, Kent State is still the favorite at home where they're 14-0.. but the 6-point spread is enticing.

Prediction: Kent State


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 78-48)

March 3rd - Texas Tech at Kansas (3-0)

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)