Games of the Night: Maryland at Wake Forest

February 28th, 2008

Maryland (17-11) at Wake Forest (16-9)

8:00 PM

Considering there are multiple games featuring ranked teams tonight on national TV, it might be odd to put Maryland/Wake as the Game of the Night. But no matchup has bigger NCAA Tournament implications. Most analysts, including Lunardi, have Maryland in the field of 65, but Wake on the outside. Yet Wake has a better RPI (65 to 69), more Top 50 wins (3 to 1), and virtually the same record.  Though Wake doesn't necessarily deserve to be a Tournament team, once Wake wins tonight, there really can be no justification for why the Terps are still inside the bubble.

Prediction: Wake Forest


#4 UCLA (24-3) at Arizona State (17-9)

10:30 PM

Arizona State is certainly on the bubble.. and a win tonight would go a long way towards securing their tournament bid. The problem is that ASU hasn't beaten UCLA since February of 2004, and the last time these teams met.. the Bruins just romped. This why the Sun Devils are 7 point home underdogs. I think this game will be close and I might take ASU against the spread, but UCLA is a far superior team.

Prediction: UCLA


#17 Notre Dame (21-5) at #18 Louisville (22-6)

7:00 PM ESPN

It came down to this game or MSU at Wisconsin for the final spot. Both feature ranked teams near the top of their respective conferences. But the problem with both Notre Dame and Michigan State is that neither has proven they can get it done on the road. Both teams have beaten lesser teams on the road, but failed to come close against the top contenders. Thus there's little reason to think ND can win tonight (or that MSU can win at Wiscy).

Prediction: Louisville


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 72-45)

February 27th - Miami at Clemson (2-1)

February 26th - Tennessee at Vanderbilt (0-3)

February 25th - Marquette at Villanova (2-1)

February 21st - South Alabama at WKU (1-2)

February 20th - UNC at NC State (3-0)

February 19th - Purdue at Indiana (2-1)

February 18th - Texas A&M at Texas (2-1)

February 16th - Stanford at Arizona (1-2)

February 14th - Wisconsin at Indiana (2-1)

February 12th - Michigan State at Purdue (2-1)

February 11th - Kansas at Texas (2-1)

February 10th - Indiana at Ohio State (2-1)

February 9th - Georgetown at Louisville (2-1)

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)