Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
#11 Indiana (17-2) at #13 Wisconsin (16-3)
9:00 PM ESPN2
The Hoosiers recent loss to UCONN and Eric Gordon's minor injury problems make this game a bit more interesting than I would have expected a couple weeks back. Wisconsin is coming off their first loss in almost two months, so should be pretty geeked up to get a ranked opponent at home. Still, the Badgers lost to the only quality home-opponent they've faced, Marquette, and IU is a step above.
Arizona (14-6) at USC (13-6)
Even though the Big Ten game above features higher ranked teams, this is probably the more fun game to watch. Both teams have hit their stride in recent weeks and are making runs to reenter the Top 25. Arizona's record isn't very good away from home, but that includes defeats at Kansas and Memphis, and Bayless missed the ASU game. For all the hype Mayo has gotten, Bayless has been every bit as good. But the difference tonight won't be those guys but the supporting casts, and the Trojans have better overall talent.
New Mexico State (11-11) at Hawaii (8-11)
Compared to last night when there were all types of quality games, it was a struggle to find a 3rd game for this list. I went with this WAC battle because it features two teams with over .500 league records, and NMSU features interesting characters in Pope & Passos. The problem though is that NMSU has been bad away from home (2-6), and trips out to Hawaii are never easy. It won't help the Aggies that Jahmar Young has been suspended, though he's terribly inconsistent anyways. Despite all that, I'll take NMSU.
Prediction: New Mexico State
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)
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)