Games of the Day: Georgetown at Louisville

    
February 9th, 2008

Games of the Night

 

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

 

#6 Georgetown (19-2) at Louisville (17-6)

9:00 PM ESPN

A pair of Big East games lead off what is actually a rather dull Saturday (compared to recent weeks). Louisville has been playing better basketball in recent weeks now that everyone is healthy, and a win over G'Town would keep their slim Big East championship hopes alive. The Hoyas lone conference loss was on the road at West Virginia, and it took overtime for them to prevail at Syracuse, so this game is by no means a lock for the country's 6th ranked team. In fact, Louisville is a slight 2.5-point favorite in Vegas. I like the Cardinals to win, but if the line grows anymore I'd take G'Town against the spread.

Prediction: Louisville

 

#16 Marquette (16-5) at #21 Notre Dame (17-4)

12:00 PM ESPN

Notre Dame has won four straight and is still unbeaten in South Bend. Marquette is coming off a defeat, has lost 3 of 6, is 3-3 on the road.. and yet is still ranked higher than the Irish. This would obviously change if Notre Dame wins this afternoon, and all the indicators point to that result. Marquette did destroy the Irish a couple weeks back in Milwaukee, which has turned out to be their 2nd best result of the season outside of beating Wisconsin. But that game only gives Notre Dame more incentive to come out with energy and focus. Expect another big 20 & 10 effort from Harangody.

Prediction: Notre Dame

 

Purdue (18-5) at #8 Wisconsin (19-3)

9:00 PM

To be honest, I don't really expect much out of this game in terms of close competition. But by default, a matchup between the two leading Big Ten teams has to make the list. Purdue though did beat the Badgers two weeks back, and that game wouldn't have been close if not for the inspired play of Brian Butch. Also in Purdue's favor is that Wisconsin is coming off a poorly played game at Iowa in which Trevon Hughes had his worst game of the season. Still, no one could justify picking Purdue to beat Wisconsin in Madison, but the 10-point spread is enticing.

Prediction: Wisconsin

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)

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)

January 30th - Indiana at Wisconsin (1-2)

January 29th - VCU at George Mason (2-1)

January 28th - Louisville at UCONN (1-2)

January 27th - Duke at Maryland (2-1)

January 26th - Georgetown at West Virginia (3-0)

January 24rd - Dayton at Xavier (2-1)

January 22nd - Akron at Kent State (2-1)

January 21st - Drake at Creighton (1-2)

January 20th - Texas at Oklahoma State (3-0)

January 19th - Marquette at UCONN (2-1)

January 18th - Illinois State at Drake (2-1)

January 17th - Vanderbilt at Tennessee (2-1)

January 14th - Georgetown at Pittsburgh (2-1)

January 12th - Stanford at Oregon (3-0)

January 9th - Rhode Island at Dayton (2-1)

January 8th - Florida at Alabama (2-1)

January 7th - Robert Morris at Boston College (1-2)

January 6th - North Carolina at Clemson (2-1)

January 5th - Western Kentucky at South Alabama (3-0)

January 4th - American at Brown (0-3)

January 3rd - UCLA at Stanford (3-0)

January 2nd - Houston at UMASS (2-1)