Today's Game Predictions: NIT & CBI

    
March 24th, 2008

Dayton (22-10) at Illinois State (25-9)

7:00 PM ESPNU

Was the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament not enough for you? If that's the case.. the NIT picks up the slack tonight with multiple televised second round games. Dayton got an unfair shake by getting a 3 seed and having to go on the road for this second round game. Illinois State struggled against Utah State, a notoriously poor away team, which is a bad sign against a better Flyers squad. The Redbirds are favored by 6.5 which seems like a bit much to me. I'll go with the road dog here, especially against the spread.

Prediction: Dayton

 

Utah (21-13) at Tulsa (18-14)

9:00 PM

I'm not a fan of the CBI, but this should be more competitive than the rest of the NIT games. Tulsa's been playing well of late, and I underestimated them in both the CUSA Tournament and against Miami in their opening round game. In the last 14 games, their only losses are two Memphis twice and UAB.  I won't make the mistake of underestimating them again, though I'm certain Utah would win on a neutral court or at home.

Prediction: Tulsa

 

UAB (23-10) at Virginia Tech (20-13)

9:00 PM ESPN

The Hokies are 8 point favorites, which seems like an appropriate total. Still, I think the Blazers have a better shot at the road upset compared to Cal at Ohio State and Nebraska at Ole Miss.  Va Tech is 12-2 in home games, with losses to just Miami and Duke, so you'd be foolish not to pick them to win. The spread though is enticing.

Prediction: Virginia Tech

 

Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 105-66)

March 23rd - Davidson vs Georgetown (2-1)

March 21st - Davidson vs Gonzaga (0-3)

March 19th - New Mexico at California (1-2)

March 18th - Mt St Mary's vs Coppin State (2-1)

March 14th - Kansas vs Texas (2-1)

March 14th - St. Joseph's vs Temple (1-2)

March 13th - Ohio State vs Michigan State (2-1)

March 12th - Arizona State at USC (2-1)

March 12th - Syracuse vs Villanova (2-1)

March 11th - IUPUI at Oral Roberts (3-0)

March 10th - Gonzaga at San Diego (1-2)

March 9th - Florida at Kentucky (1-2)

March 8th - UNC at Duke (2-1)

March 5th - Tennessee at Florida (2-1)

March 4th - UNLV at New Mexico (3-0)

March 3rd - Texas Tech at Kansas (3-0)

March 2nd - Clemson at Maryland (1-2)