Today's Game Predictions: Syracuse vs Villanova

March 12th, 2008

Syracuse (19-12) at Villanova (19-11)


Depending on your opinion, this game might feature two NCAA Tournament teams or none. I'm not sure which view is correct, but I know whoever wins today's game will get a major boost. The bettors favor Villanova, even though Madison square Garden has long been a home away from home for Syracuse. This to me is the ultimate pick'em game.. the teams had the same conference record, a similar overall record, a similar RPI, and they split their regular season meetings. I like the Cuse though.. simply because they have more firepower, and there's always the chance Greene or Flynn catches fire.

Prediction: Syracuse


Mount Saint Mary's (17-14) at Sacred Heart (18-13)

7:00 PM ESPN2

While home-court advantage will be a big deal in the game below, this game isn't necessarily a lock for Sacred Heart despite the venue. The Pioneers are only 8-5 at home on the year, while MSM is a decent 8-7 on the road. I actually like the Mountaineers here, as they've been playing the better basketball in recent weeks. They've won 7 of 8 games and destroyed favorite Robert Morris last time out.

Prediction: Mount Saint Mary's


Northern Arizona (21-11) at Portland State (22-9)

9:00 PM ESPN2

As we've seen in other leagues (MAAC, HL, WCC), it's very helpful to host a conference championship game. Thus you have to favor Portland State in the Big Sky title game.. perhaps by more than the 4.5 point spread. After all, PSU did beat NAU twice already this season, and it wasn't even close in the Rose city. If the Vikings do win, it would be quite an accomplishment for a program that won just 10 games two years ago, but has steadily improved.

Prediction: Portland State


Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 91-53)

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)