Games of the Night: Dayton at Xavier
Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
#19 Dayton (14-2) at #22 Xavier (15-4)
For the second day in a row, the Game of the Night doesn't feature a single BCS team. This game is particularly important, not so much for the A-10 standings, but for Top 25 voting and future at-large consideration. The A10 is much better than people realize, and no game is safe on the road. A loss by Dayton here, and they can meet the same fate as Rhode Island after they lost their second league game.. out of the Top 25. The odds favor Xavier by 11, which seems a bit much, but you have to like Musketeers who have won 7 of 8 games.
Stephen F. Austin (15-2) at Sam Houston State (14-3)
Two specific readers have been giving me flack all year for not giving enough love to SFA and the Southland Conference in general. SHS got the early pub by starting out 10-0, but SFA has the more impressive results with a win over Oklahoma that looks even better now that the Sooners picked up some quality wins. Coming off a close loss, and with home-court advantage, I like the Bearkats to win with surprising ease.
Prediction: Sam Houston State
Pacific (13-5) at UCSB (14-4)
Pacific trails leader CS Northridge by a game in the Big West, and has a tough challenge tonight at UCSB. At one point, the Gauchos (UCSB) were 10-1 and one of the darlings of the mid-major universe. But then a humbling experience at UNC brought them back to Earth, and they're only 3-3 in their last 6 games. One of those losses was a close affair against aforementioned Northridge, which is a good sign they can play with the Tigers and not get mauled. Alex Harris set a season-high with 31 last time out and should be good for 25 in a home win.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
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)