Games to Watch

Heading into the weekend there are some great match-ups.   Here is a highlight of some the highly ranked teams playing.  There are many others playing this weekend.

The headliner is UNC visiting Wake in a 3 vs. 4 match-up.  Wake presents an interesting problem for UNC; athletic big men o’ plenty.  The match-ups will be interesting, but Wake is just bigger at every position.  UNC is more skilled in the backcourt, with only Wake’s Jeff Teague capable of play at UNC’s level. Jeff Teague


Kansas at No. 12 Michigan State

Match-ups to watch:

  • PG Kansas’ Sherron Collins vs. MSU’s Kalin Lucas
  • C Kansas’ Cole Aldrich vs. MSU’s Goran Suton

Winner: MSU by 5 – MSU has too much speed.

No. 22 West Virginia at No. 15 Marquette

Match-ups to watch:

  • G WV’s Alex Rouff vs. Marguette’s Jerel McNeal
  • F WV’s De’Sean Butler vs.  Marguette’s Wesley Matthews

Winner: Marquette by 11 – It is very tough to beat Marquette at home.

No. 21 Louisville at No. 17 Villanova

Match-ups to watch:

  • PG Lousville’s Edgar Sosa vs. ‘Nova’s Scottie Reynolds
  • F Louisville’s Samardo Samuels vs. ‘Nova’s Dante Cunningham

Winner: Louisville by 4 – I don’t have a lot of faith in the Cardinals, but they need a statement win to prove they are still a relevant team in the Big East.


No. 3 UNC at No. 4 Wake Forrest

Match-ups to watch:

  • G/F UNC’s Danny Green vs. WF’s James Johnson or Al-Farouq Aminu
  • G UNC’s Ty Lawson vs. WF’s Jeff Teague

Winner: Wake by 2 -This game will be won in the paint and WF has too much depth and atheltism in their post players.

No. 7 UCLA at USC

Match-ups to watch:

  • G UCLA’s Daren Collison vs. USC’s Daniel Hackett
  • G UCLA’s Josh Shipp vs. USC’s Dwight Lewis

Winner: UCLA by 13 – USC’s turnover prone.  Should UCLA with plenty of easy layups

Wisconsin at No. 14 Purdue

Match-ups to watch:

  • F Wisconsin’s Marcus Landry vs. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel
  • G Wisconsin’s John Bohannon vs. Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore

Winner: Purdue by 10 – Unless Wisconsin can control the temp and make this a ugly/physical game, Purdue wins by double figures – Depends on the status of Hummel


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