Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Guess That Is What I Get

Kudos to LSU for the second half comeback to defeat South Carolina. LSU is now a bonafide #3 seed going for a #2 (probably have to win conf tourney). I guess that is what I get for doubting LSU minus one of their best players on the road. BC took care of business as expected vs Wake.

As usual, the SEC and ACC have a plethora of games tonight. Kentucky at Tennessee has a lot riding on it for both teams. With a win, the Wildcats will probably secure a bid while if the Vols win they can moved back into position for a possible #2 seed. In the ACC, Miami and Maryland meet in what will be an ultra game for both. The loser will very likely have to win the ACC Tournament to get in (or at the very least make it to the finals). Virginia travels to UNC in a must win and FSU hosts Duke in another must win - No pressure guys.

Season: 75-31

Kentucky @ Tennessee 8:00 JP
Tennessee has rebounded from losses very well this season. The Vols were shocked at home last weekend by Arkansas and it looked as if they had reached a point to where they thought they could impose their will upon teams and win. Bruce Pearl knows how big this game and will make sure his players get the message. A season sweep of Kentucky would be a milestone for this Vols program. The Wildcats need a win badly in this game or the Lexington faithful will start to get pretty worried about their post-season destination. Patrick Sparks will be the X-factor for Kentucky. Rondo must also play at a very high level for Tubby Smith. In the end, I think the Vols pressing style is too much for the under-talented Wildcats.
Prediction: Tennessee

Miami @ Maryland 9:00 JP
When Miami blew out Maryland back in December it was a pretty big surprise. Now, Miami has a chance to beat Maryland for a second time and move closer to a possible at-large bid. Maryland's tourney hopes are on life support. Maryland has been a pretty good home team only losing twice; Miami is 3-6 on the road this season. The big question will be if Maryland shows up for this game since they probably think the aren't making it to the tournament anyways. This season has gone very similar to last season for the Terps. With all the doubt surrounding Maryland they are an equal team to Miami and they are at home.
Prediction: Maryland

Vanderbilt @ Ole Miss 8:00
Ole Miss will have their best player back for this game Dwayne Curtis. Vandy is still trying to make it into the Tournament and their win over South Carolina helped last week. Curtis missed three game, so it will be interesting to see how he comes out early. I like Vandy and their guards to win this game.
Prediction: Vanderbilt

Duke @ Florida St 7:00 ESPN
FSU came so close to winning in Cameron last time, but when you miss an opportunity against the Devils you rarely get a second one. I like Duke in this one by close to double-digits.
Prediction: Duke

Georgia @ Florida 7:00
Hardcourt version of the World's Largest Cocktail. Florida has lost three in a row, but I don't see a complete tailspin with a loss here. The Gators have too much talent for the Dawgs.
Prediction: Florida

Auburn @ Alabama 8:00
Iron Bowl Style... Alabama should hammer their cross state rivals at home. Don't look now, but the Tide is playing for a top 6 seed.
Prediction: Alabama

Miss St @ Arkansas 8:00 JP
Arkansas will have to guard against a let down here after the big win on Saturday over the Vols. I think they will.
Prediction: Arkansas

Clemson @ Virginia Tech 7:00
Hokies have been tough at home this year and Clemson has been awful at times on the road. Hokie Pokie time.
Prediction: Virginia Tech

Virginia @ North Carolina 9:00 JP
The wine and cheese crowds meets for this Wednesday night game. If the Cavs won, they would be back on the bubble, but I don't see it happening. Roy has his kids playing their best ball of the season.
Prediction: North Carolina

Prediction Confidence:
1. Alabama
2. North Carolina
3. Arkansas
4. Virginia Tech
5. Florida
6. Duke
7. Tennessee
8. Maryland
9. Vanderbilt

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