Games of the Night: VCU at George Mason

January 29th, 2008

Games of the Night


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


VCU (15-4) at George Mason (14-6)

7:00 PM ESPN2

It's rare that a great mid-major game ends up on national television for just about everyone to see. Such is the case tonight where the two best teams in the CAA meet. VCU has won 7 straight, but GMU is unbeaten at home.. so someone's streak is coming to an end. Junior guard Dre Smith could be the key to Mason's chances..  he can be feast or famine at times, but famine won't cut it against Eric Maynor.

Prediction: VCU


Miami (15-4) at Wake Forest (12-6)

7:00 PM

Both teams enter this game with 2-3 ACC records, yet Miami is still in sight of the Top 25. A home win over Clemson perhaps saved Miami's tournament hopes, but now they face road games at Wake and Duke. Wake is not a pushover right now, and should be a slight favorite in Vegas by tip-off. James Johnson is an emerging talent for Wake, but the key could be whether point guard Ishmael Smith has one of his good nights or one of his bad. This could go either way.

Prediction: Wake Forest


#8 Tennessee (17-2) at Alabama (12-8)

9:00 PM ESPN

Before the season started, this might have looked like a key SEC battle. But another Ronald Steele injury and blow chances in close games has left Alabama with a mediocre overall record and a poor 1-4 SEC mark. This game scares me a bit, because as bad as Bama has been they have the talent to cause fits on a good night. Also, Tennessee lost their last road game, but Chris Lofton finally seems to be shooting his way out of a season-long slump.. which is a major positive.

Prediction: Tennessee


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions)

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)