A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
IUPUI (26-6) at Oral Roberts (23-8)
7:00 PM ESPN
I've been struggling to pick conference finals games so far.. so take what I say with a grain of salt. Oral Roberts has been the team to beat in the Summit League for a few years.. and is impressively back in the title game despite key graduations over the summer. Though they don't have a star like IUPUI's George Hill (who dominated the semis), they do have a solid cast of supporting players. Both teams split their regular-season series (the games were very close), and tonight's match should be extremely close and heated. But the game is in Tulsa.. and as we saw last night with Siena and San Diego, home-court advantage is a big deal.
Prediction: Oral Roberts
MTSU (17-14) at Western Kentucky (26-6)
7:00 PM ESPN2
The real interesting aspect of the Sun Belt tournament, whether someone could knock off South Alabama to make this a two-bid league, has already occurred. MTSU beat the Jaguars for the 2nd time this season to advance to the title game in Mobile. Western Kentucky is a bubble team of sorts.. but a flimsy one that hasn't beaten a team better than 96th in the RPI all year. In fact, WKU's wins over MTSU are right there as their best wins all season.
Prediction: Western Kentucky
Cleveland State (21-11) at #10 Butler (28-3)
9:00 PM ESPN
Butler is a heavy 10-point favorite in the Horizon Championship.. thanks to name recognition and home-court advantage. But the Vikings beat Butler earlier in the year, and only lost by 5 when they met in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs are too good to lose this game.. but CSU against the big spread is intriguing.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 88-53)
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)