Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
Two of the three best teams in the MAC (w/ Ohio) get together for what is a big night for the High-Major leagues. The Zips haven't lost in league play, but Kent State has had a more impressive overall season with wins over the likes of George Mason, Illinois State, and Cleveland State. Kent State is the safe choice here, at home, and coming off a loss to Ohio.
Prediction: Kent State
Early in the year, BYU was a trendy Top 25 pick.. I guess by virtue of beating Louisville. In the past couple of weeks, their play has slipped with bad losses at Boise State and UNLV (by 29 points). Due to these struggles, their at-large chances have slipped tremendously so they need to pick it up in MWC play. SDSU comes in a perfect 4-0 in league play, and their 14-4 record looks good, but their overall results are anything but awe-inducing. As mediocre as BYU has been of late, I like them to win at home.. leaving the MWC with 4 one-loss teams when the night is over.
Western Kentucky (14-5) at New Orleans (14-5)
Rounding out a rare night without power conference teams is a quality Sun Belt matchup. WKU is 6-1 in league play, while UNO is 4-3. Along with this conference as whole, both teams are probably underrated nationally. WKU's star is Courtney Lee while UNO features Bo McCalebb, one of the best scorers in the country. Both these teams play with good tempo, and it's disappointing this game isn't even on ESPN Full Court. Vegas favors WKU, but I like the Privateers.
Prediction: New Orleans
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
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)