Today's Game Predictions: NIT & CBI

March 25th, 2008

UMASS (23-10) at Syracuse (21-13)

7:00 PM ESPN

This is a rematch of an early-season game in which UMASS beat Syracuse by 7 at the Carrier Dome. Despite that result, Syracuse is somehow favored by 7 points this time around. Why? The Orange are the same mediocre team they were then, they still make the same poor decisions down the stretch, and Donte Greene still loves to miss three-pointers. Was it the 6 point win over Robert Morris that wows the bettors.. or is it the fact Maryland actually led 54-53 with 12 minutes to go last time out.  It might be too much to ask UMASS to win on the road here, but I like the road dog against the spread.

Prediction: Syracuse


Florida (23-11) at Arizona State (21-12)

9:00 PM ESPN

For some reason, the line here is closer than the above game with ASU only favored by 3.5 points. Yet Florida is a very poor road team (their best win was against Georgia), while ASU is tough to beat at home (only one Non-Top 25 home loss to Cal). I'm not a big Sun Devils fan by any means, but I don't think the Gators have much of a shot.

Prediction: Arizona State


Tulsa (22-13) at Bradley (19-15)

9:00 PM ESPN

Tulsa is probably the hottest team left in the CBI, but they haven't won a true road game since facing East Carolina back on February 13th. Bradley overcame a 13 point half-time deficit to beat Ohio in the quarterfinals.. but you have to question a team that can get in such a hole against such a mediocre team. Still, I'll go with the home team solely due to the home-court advantage as Tulsa only has 3 true road wins all season.

Prediction: Bradley


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 108-66)

March 24th - Dayton at Illinois State (3-0)

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)