Tuesday, February 28, 2006

As Heidi Klum Says

Are you in or are you out? Weekend games were up and down. Home teams were only 7-4, while favorites were just 6-5. As of now, it looks like the ACC is going to get just 4 teams into the Tournament. Miami, Florida St, Virginia still have a chance, but most do very well down the stretch.

Meantime in the SEC, the dust is clearing a little better. LSU, Tennessee, and Florida are in. This weekend's victories by Alabama and Arkansas as underdogs will greatly help their case. Kentucky showed a lot of gumption playing LSU as tough as they did on the road. The Wildcats are the team most on the bubble, but barring 3 losses to finish out the season (2 regular season games and 1 conf. tournament) they should get in.

Just two games for Tuesday. Only 1 has tournament "in or out" implications - LSU @ South Carolina. Dave Odom's team must win this game or else they will need to win the SEC Tournament. Wake travels to BC who wants to make sure they hold onto a top 4 spot and a first round by in the ACC Tourney.

Season: 74-30

LSU @ South Carolina 9:00 ESPN
I think LSU is the best team in the SEC right now. They have a very good inside game, can execute well in the half court, and play outstanding defense especially around the goal. The Gamecocks really blew their chance of having a shot at the Tournament by losing to Vanderbilt at home. That loss could send the Gamecocks into a downward spiral. On the other hand, I could see a possible letdown by LSU knowing they have wrapped up a tournament bid, but I also think they are playing for as a 3 seed right now. Late Injury Update: LSU's freshman phenom Tyrus Thomas is out for the game with a high ankle sprain. Thomas is the SEC's leading rebounder and shot blocker and ranks third on the Tigers in scoring. Considering the closeness of LSU's recent games and with this injury, South Carolina looks like can win this game now.
Prediction: South Carolina

Wake Forest @ Boston College 7:00 JP
If Wake wins this game, it would constitute the biggest upset in the ACC so far this season. BC showed a lot by beating NC State in 2OT on the road. BC is playing for anywhere from a 4-6 seed right now I think. BC rolls over Wake.
Prediction: Boston College

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