Friday, February 23, 2007

Weekend Predictions

After this weekend, that murky crystal ball which holds those 34 at large bids for the NCAA Tournament should become a little clearer. Teams like Georgia Tech and Clemson need big road wins, while Georgia and Maryland need to try and hold court at home.

Virginia vs Georgia Tech 3:30 ABC
A huge game in regards to the NCAA Tournament. You have one team, Virginia, who is jockeying for seeding position and another team, Georgia Tech, just jockeying for a position. Tech has just one road win all season and a win here might cement their status in the Tournament. The Cavaliers are coming off a head scratching loss to Miami. Javaris Crittenton and the rest of the back court must be able to match Virginia's Sean Singletary and JR Reynolds. I don't think the Jackets are mature enough yet to go into Charlottesville and come out with a win.

Boston College vs Clemson 1:00 Raycom/Lin Fin
Two teams which are reeling right now in the ACC. BC has lost three in a row and Clemson has lost their mind since the fiasco in Durham a few weeks ago. Clemson has to have this game unless they want to run through Greensboro undefeated in a couple weeks. I think BC has too much at home.

Florida State vs NC State 1:00 Raycom/Lin Fin
The Chuck Amato Bowl. FSU kissed its postseason hopes goodbye with the injury to Toney Douglas. The Wolfpack can still play spoiler to some bubble teams and play for an NIT bid. However, I like Florida State at home.

Maryland vs North Carolina 5:30 FSN
Good news for the Tar Heels is that they only have to face Virginia Tech at most one more time this season. Bad news is that Maryland and Virginia Tech might be playing the best in the ACC right now. I think Maryland is at a peak right now in their season, but I wonder if they can carry it through the ACC Tournament. This was a team who lost at to Miami and wasn't even a buzzer beater. I like North Carolina getting a solid road win to pump their argument for a number one seed.

LSU vs Florida 3:00 CBS
Sorry LSU, but Florida already received their only loss in SEC play this season and the Tigers have not shown the ability to play up to expectations all year long. Florida in a tight one in Baton Rouge.

Georgia vs Mississippi State 1:00 Lincoln Financial
Bulldogs on Bulldogs. Georgia has lost some of its fire and firepower with Mike Mercer going down a few weeks back. Miss St is quietly tied with Alabama and Ole Miss for the SEC West lead despite nobody talking about them. I like Miss St on the road in a game they need to bolster a shaky NCAA resume.

Vanderbilt vs Kentucky 1:00 Lincoln Financial
Guess what Kentucky, you might have been replaced as number two team in the SEC East. Not long ago, Kentucky was king of the hill and they are fighting for a first day bye in Atlanta. Vanderbilt already came in and beat the Wildcats in Lexington. Does the crowd rush the floor if they sweep Kentucky? That would cost Vandy a measly $50,000 as their third offense. I will take Kentucky on the road in a minor upset.

Virginia over Ga Tech

BC over Clemson
FSU over NC State
UNC over Maryland
Florida over LSU
Miss St over Georgia
Kentucky over Vandy

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