Saturday, February 17, 2007

Lots to Watch

Missouri State let down the MVC last night, losing 77-66 to Winthrop at home. Today there are plenty more games to enjoy.

#16 Georgetown at Villanova- 12:00 ESPN- The Big East matchup pits the surprise #2 team in the conference going into the Wachovia Center in a big rematch. Villanova won at Georgetown in January, but look for the Hoyas to avenge the earlier loss.

#7 UCLA at #24 Arizona- 1:00 CBS- UCLA won by four at home in January. The Bruins need to win this and run the table the rest of the year to make a strong statement for a one seed.

#15 Southern Illinois at #12 Butler- 4:00 ESPN2- The crown jewel of the Bracket Busters features two schools that could go to the Sweet 16 or deeper. We all know about Butler, the surprise champion of the Preseason NIT. Southern Illinois has beaten lots of big RPI mid-majors, but no ranked teams. Their loss to Indiana by 10 is especially telling. Overrated? Maybe, the Bulldogs win by double digits at home.

#9 Memphis at Gonzaga- 6:00 ESPN- This would normally be a good matchup between two solid mid-majors. However, with some drug trouble and losses before the arrests, Gonzaga needs to win to make a case for an at-large bid. They won't, and will miss the NCAAs for the first time since 1998.

#4 North Carolina at #21 Boston College- 9:00 ESPN- The College Gameday special pits a very special Tar Heels team against the surprising Catholic boys from Boston. BC has beaten Maryland and Virginia Tech (who upset the Heels) but has very few other good wins. North Carolina has national championship aspirations. The Silvio O. Conte Forum will be quiet as the Heels roll.

For you soccer fans (I'm one of them, Arsenal managed a scoreless FA Cup draw today), check out this story. And we all thought MLS had attendance problems!

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