Games of the Night: Rhode Island at Dayton

January 9th, 2008

Games of the Night


A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.


#20 Rhode Island (14-1) at #22 Dayton (12-1)

7:00 PM CSTV

The best game of the day features a pair of Top 25 teams contending for the Atlantic 10 title. This is truly the year of the A10 with three ranked teams (including Xavier), and another (UMASS) in the running for a tournament bid. Unfortunately, the game is on CSTV so this gem will go unnoticed by most of the country.

Prediction: Dayton


#15 Mississippi (13-0) at #9 Tennessee (12-1)

8:00 PM FullCourt

Going by the rankings, this is the night's premier game, but a) Tennessee is heavily favored by Vegas, and b) I still don't respect Mississippi's perfect record. It will be interesting to see if Chris Lofton can get his season turned around now that conference play has started. His shooting has been dismal so far, but you figure he's do for a breakout game soon.

Prediction: Tennessee


#24 Arizona (10-4) at Arizona State (12-2)

9:30 PM

The Wildcats are actually ranked in the Coaches Poll (I don't know why), so there is a ranked team in tonight's third game. But the hotter team as of late has been Arizona State, who has slowly been building a base of votes in both polls.  If Jerryd Bayless was playing, you'd give a substantial edge to the Wildcats, but he's questionable, and my guess is that he won't be in action. Still, I'll take the Wildcats coming off of a disappointing home loss.

Prediction: Arizona


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)

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)