Saturday, February 18, 2006

Day(s) of Reckoning

The regular season is starting to wind down and teams are beginning to jockey for position. SEC is having a "Throwback Weekend" where teams will wear jerseys from yesteryear. I saw some of jerseys and they really don't look much different from today's. Three home teams in the SEC need wins to help their Tournament chances - South Carolina, Arkansas, and Alabama.

In the ACC, one matchup is an elimination game for the Tournament (Virginia @ FSU), while cannot afford to lose at home to Georgia Tech or else their postseason hopes may be gone.

NC State @ Virginia Tech 1:00 ABC
The Wolfpack's long range shooting is too much for the Hokies.
Prediction: NC State

Kentucky @ South Carolina 1:30 CBS
This game is going to be the best one of the day. The Gamecocks have been very tough at home and Kentucky has struggled on the road. I like Dave Odom's crew here as they continue their hot streak.
Prediction: South Carolina

Florida @ Arkansas 2:00 JP
Arkansas is a pretty tough draw at home, but they have hurt me on some picks this year. Still, you never know with Florida on the road. I like Arkansas here at home with their backs against the wall in a very close game.
Prediction: Arkansas

Ole Miss @ Miss St 3:30 ESPN Classic
Basketball version of the Egg Bowl. Both teams have struggled this season. I like the Bulldogs at home.
Prediction: Miss St.

Tennessee @ Alabama 4:00 JP
Another great mathcup as Alabama faces the unbelievably hot Volunteers. I don't think UT can go through the conference with only one loss and Alabama is pretty tough at home versus the SEC. The Vols only have one more tough game (@ UF) after this and I think 14 conference wins is a bit much in the SEC.
Prediction: Alabama

Virginia @ Florida State 4:00 JP
The loser of this game is probably out of the Tournament (barring a conference Tournament run). I like Florida St with likely All-ACCer Al Thornton to get it done at home.
Prediction: FSU

Georgia Tech @ Maryland 4:00 JP
After being up by 20 at UNC and losing, the Yellow Jackets confidence has to be shaken. Or it could be a stepping stone to a win on the road. Tech is still too young this year to beat a better team on the road.
Prediction: Maryland

LSU @ Auburn 6:00 Fox Sports
The Tigers will win this game...the ones from Baton Rouge that is.
Prediction: LSU

Vanderbilt @ Georgia 8:00 Fox Sports
Another great matchup, which Georgia won in Nashville not too long ago. I like the 'Dawgs at home as they are very tough there.
Prediction: Georgia

Season: 53-18 (74.7%)

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