Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Jackets, Heels, Noles, 'Pack, Gators, Commodores, etc

Full slate of action tonight with 3 ACC and 5 ACC games. Biggest games in the ACC is Florida State at NC State. The Seminoles need a victory to stay above the magical .500 conference record. In the SEC, Florida travels to Vanderbilt where they will be favored, but the Gators have been Jekyl and Hyde in SEC play this year. Vanderbilt is a very tough out on the road.

Florida State (15-6, 5-5) @ NC State (19-5, 8-3) 7pm ESPNU
The Seminoles last two games on the road have been against two of the best teams (Duke, BC) and both came right down to the wire. I would expect the same in this game versus the Wolfpack. NC State has been very good at winning their home games, but most have been very close. I like NC State to win this game, but they I think they will have to come from behind to do it.
Prediction: NC State

Georgia Tech (10-12, 3-8) @ North Carolina (15-6, 6-4) 7pm ESPN
The Yellow Jackets took a step forward as a young team on Sunday by beating favored NC State at home. Now comes a bigger step - beating a favored team on the road. Tech has won but one road game this year (at Centenary). The Tar Heels are coming off a big win at Miami on Sunday and should win this game fairly comfortably.
Prediction: UNC

Longwood (7-18) @ Virginia (12-9) 7pm
Cavaliers win in a blowout
Prediction: Virginia

Auburn (10-11, 2-8) @ Tennessee (18-3, 9-1) 7:30pm
The Volunteers were not picked to do much this season, so not many of their games have been on TV this year. Bruce Pearl's group keeps the run going with a blowout win over Auburn.
Prediction: Tennessee

Florida (21-3, 7-3) @ Vanderbilt (13-8, 4-6) 8:00pm Sunshine Network
This game could be very interesting. Vandy gives most team a struggle at Memorial Gym and this one should be exception. It will be interesting to see which Florida team shows up. The team that played the second half versus Kentucky or the team that played South Carolina in Gainesville. I think the Gators find a way to pull it out, but it will be closer than expected.
Prediction: Florida

Georgia (14-9, 4-6) @ Kentucky (15-9, 5-5) 8:00pm JP
Tubby's crew looked like they had gotten back on the winning track and were headed straight to the NCAA Tournament, but 3 straight losses have put Kentucky in a position where they need some wins in the weak SEC to get off the bubble. Georgia still has hopes of a Tournament bid and a win in Lexington could be a jump start. Kentucky has played pretty well at home in conference play, but will probably have to come from behind to win this game.
Prediction: Kentucky

Arkansas (16-7, 5-5) @ Ole Miss (13-10, 3-7) 8:00pm
I like the Razorback here on the road. I think they are better than their 5-5 record.
Prediction: Arkansas

Mississippi State (12-11, 2-8) @ LSU (16-7, 8-2) 8:00pm JP
LSU will win this game by double-digits
Prediction: LSU

Tuesday: 2-1
Season: 45-17

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