A companion to our daily Three Stars of the Day, we present the top three Games of the Night.
Arizona State (19-11) at USC (20-10)
It's put up or shut up time for Arizona State. The Sun Devils are hanging around everyone's bubble despite a weak RPI in the 70's and a .500 conference record. Today's game against the Trojans could make or break their Tournament hopes. These teams split their season series, but the Trojans handed it to them at the Galen Center. This game isn't technically a home game for USC, but its in LA, which is enough of an advantage to favor Mayo and crew.
Villanova (20-10 vs #9 Georgetown (25-4)
12:00 PM ESPN
Was yesterday's win over Syracuse enough for the Wildcats to be in the Field of 65? I'm not so sure. At the very least, they need to put in a primo effort against the Big East regular season champs. The last time these two teams met, the final result was obviously highly controversial.. as a a ridiculous foul was called with 0.1 seconds left on the clock. Can Nova get revenge? The short answer is no.
Arizona (19-13) vs #11 Stanford (24-6)
Everyone seems fairly certain that Arizona is in the field as of now.. but its by no means a lock.. and I think people are overstating their chances. After all they've won just 4 times in their last 11 games.. and 2 of those wins are against Oregon State. basically, that means they're 2-9 against actual D1 teams in recent weeks. Even though Stanford did win the previous meetings, they were very close.. and tonight, you have to figure Arizona will be playing with more fire.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 93-54)
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)