Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Rivalry Week Begins Tonight

Three games on tap tonight.  The biggest by far is on Tobacco Road-Duke and North Carolina meet for the first time this season. 
 
Virginia @ Maryland 7:00
Maryland is coming off two straight losses while the Cavs were able to squeak one out at home.  I don't see the Terps losing a third straight game.
Prediction: Maryland
 
Duke @ North Carolina 9:00 ESPN
Duke should come into this game favored as they are the much better team.  Could they have been napping against FSU this past weekend?  Carolina is coming off two solid wins last week and does not want to be shown up by their neighbors 8 miles down the road.  I look for a good, tough fought game that goes down to the wire.  I think UNC has to play much better than Duke to win this game though.  I like Duke on the road by the narrowest of margins.
Prediction: Duke
 
Tennessee @ Kentucky 7:00
This will be a major litmus test for the Vols as they enter Lexington at a time when the Wildcats are beginning to come together as a team.  Kentucky has been playing much better as of late despite a 15 point loss at Florida last Saturday.  I don't think the Vols are quite ready to take that next step yet in the SEC.  I think Kentucky pulls away at the end.
Prediction: Kentucky

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