Games of the Night
A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
#3 North Carolina (24-2) at NC State (15-10)
7:00 PM ESPN
There will be a lot of discussion about this game on ESPN all day and all night so there's not too much I can or want to add..
Prediction: North Carolina
Houston (19-5) at UAB (17-8)
The CUSA is obviously a one horse race. But its not completely out of the question that one of these teams could squeak into the tourney as an at-large bid with a big finish. Houston is the more likely invite with a higher RPI and better overall and conference record. However, Houston hasn't beaten many good teams.. with a win at Kentucky their best yet. Similarly, a win over Houston would be UAB's best yet.. so one of these teams gets a big boost tomorrow. UAB is great at home (just the blown loss to Memphis) and should come out the victor.
#8 Butler (24-2) at UIC (14-12)
This game might not look like much going by the records. But UIC definitely has a chance to upset the Bulldogs tonight. Last year, UIC was one of three HL teams to beat Butler, knocking them off 73-67 early in 2007 after the Bulldogs were 14-1. This year, UIC beat 3rd place Cleveland State at home and only lost to 2nd place Wright State by a point. Junior guard Josh Mayo is one of the best guards in the league (he hit big shots in the win last year), and gives UIC a chance to beat anyone at the Pavilion. An upset here wouldn't be that shocking.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 64-38)
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)