Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
Illinois State (14-3) at Drake (15-1)
No Top 25 teams here, and just about no one will be able to see this game outside of those in attendance. But no matter, two unbeaten (6-0) Valley teams getting together is a big deal. The voters might not give these teams any respect, but the computers do as Drake is 17th and Illinois State is 34th. The Bulldogs are favored by 4 or 5 depending on who you ask, but I expect this game to come down to the wire.
#23 Clemson (14-3) at #5 Duke (14-1)
6:00 PM ESPN
You might think a nationally televised game featuring the only matchup between Top 25 teams would be my Game of the Night. But not so fast. The Tigers are 9 point dogs.. similar to Notre Dame's chances at Georgetown (and the Irish are getting killed as I write this). Clemson hasn't come close to proving they can win a game of this magnitude away from home.
USC (10-6) at #4 UCLA (16-1)
3:30 PM CBS
The Trojans are 1-3 in Pac-10 play while UCLA is 4-0. The Trojans are 11 point dogs and have a worse RPI than powerhouses like CS Northridge. So why am I giving this game any respect? Just call it a hunch. I'm definitely not going on a limb and predicting a USC win.. but I expect a little something special this afternoon out of Mr Mayo, and the score might be a bit closer than the pundits expect.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
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)