Thursday, February 15, 2007

Weekend Predictions

The Tar Heels and Eagles try to bounce back, Georgia Tech travels to Cameron, and Vandy gives Florida a tough test.

ACC
Virginia vs Florida State 1:00 Raycom/Lin Fin
FSU once thought to be in the Tournament, has played their onto the bubble with a mini slump here in mid season. The Cavaliers got a wake call in Blacksburg last weekend that sent them back to reality (or where people thought they should be). Virginia's back court has propelled to their conference record so far. The Seminoles are hurting without Toney Douglas and their best player, Al Thornton, is playing hurt. I like Virginia on the road.

Boston College vs North Carolina 9:00 ESPN
No way North Carolina loses two in a row. Oh wait, but that would mean Boston College would lose two in a row. Well, I think UNC is more talented and just has a little bug in their system who is in the form of a Hokie. The Baby Heels grow up on Saturday and win one in Boston as their inside game is just too strong for the Eagles.


Sunday
Duke vs Georgia Tech 1:00 CBS
A big sigh of relief was just heard in Durham after the Blue Devils averted their longest losing streak ever on Mike Kryzewski. Now, Duke gets to face maybe the hottest team in the ACC right now in Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have four in a row and finally broke their road losing streak at just a shade under 20. Georgia Tech has the athleticism to give Duke fits like FSU and Va Tech have, but they must pound the ball inside where their real advantage lies. Ra'Sean Dickey and Jeremis Smith need to have big games for Tech to win. I don't think they will as the Jackets will pop threes instead.

Clemson vs Maryland 4:00 Raycom/Lin Fin
Another potential bubble bursting matchup. Well, nobody will be out of the Tourney with a loss, but the loser will definitely have an uphill climb. The problem for Maryland is that this game is at Clemson and the Terps have not played well on the road. Meanwhile, the Tigers have played pretty darn well in LittleJohn Coliseum. I will take Clemson and the home crowd.

SEC
Vanderbilt vs Florida 12:00 CBS
Logic tells me that Florida will lose an SEC game. They are good, but not quite good enough to go undefeated. Alabama played with them for 35 minutes on Wednesday and Alabama is middle of the road SEC. The Gators still have to play at LSU and at Tennessee. I think they squeak by Vandy on Saturday.

South Carolina vs Tennessee 3:30 ABC
Tennessee is solid in the Tournament right now with their high RPI despite a lackluster conference standing. But a loss to a team like South Carolina could send the Vols in a free fall. Chris Lofton is back and that has given Tennessee an emotional lift as well as on court. The Gamecocks may struggle to get to the NIT this year - so much for a three peat.

Georgia vs Auburn
These two rivals meet on the hardwood, but I don't think the passion will be there like a game Between the Hedges or on the Plains. This game means a lot to Georgia and their post season hopes as they have to beat a team like Auburn at home. The injury to Mike Mercer takes away one of the Bulldogs best offensive weapons, but I still like them at home.

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