Duke vs UNC

NCAA Game of the Day

This is the biggest game of the year in college basketball. There are no bigger rivals in the sport than these two schools. In recent years they have kind of taken turns being at the top of college basketball, Duke having success early in the century and Carolina flourishing recently. But this year I think both these teams are at the top. Both are very capable of being national champions at the end of the season. Being ranked 3rd and 5th I think it’s possible they’re both being slightly underrated, maybe not but they’re good. 

Duke struggled last week, getting blown out by Clemson and an OT win against Miami. I think the biggest thing they struggled with was Clemson and Miami’s athleticism advantage. I don’t think UNC is much more athletic than Duke, however, they’re pretty comparable. Duke has no major weaknesses and outside of the Clemson game have played very well. UNC has been on fire lately, winning 7 in a row. This includes blowing out the same Clemson team that blew out Duke. They also blew out Miami who Duke just struggled with. They are the best offensive team in the country with no major weaknesses. They have a size advantage over Duke with Ed Davis, Deon Thompson, and Tyler Hansbrough. Tyler Hansbrough has also never lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium, going 3-0. So UNC definitely has a lot of things going for them. However I’m going with the Dookies. I think this might end up being the best game of the year. I like Duke in a close one.

5 Duke 75 vs 3 UNC 74

 

Other Top 25 predictions….

23 Purdue 68 vs Penn State 60

1 Connecticut 92 vs 22 Syracuse 77

14 Xavier 68 vs Dayton 63

1o Memphis 70 vs Tulsa 59

8 Wake Forest 77 vs North Carolina State 73

2 Oklahoma 80 vs Baylor 78

Big East Showdown

NCAA Game of the Day

There aren’t a lot of good games today but Nova vs Marquette is pretty solid. Both are in the hunt for the Big East title and in the top 15 in the rankings. Both of these teams are very close in ability and potential. Neither has any major weaknesses. Villanova has troubles keeping big guys off the offensive glass but Marquette is not a big team. Villanova is at home and that helps, as evidenced by their blowout of Syracuse last game.  Villanova has reeled off five straight wins in conference. Marquette is coming off a loss to South Florida, so they appear to have road issues. I’m going to take Villanova in this one.

13 Villanova 81 vs 12 Marquette 75 (Villanova 102 vs Marquette 84)

Other top 25 games…

25 Florida State 70 vs Virginia 62 (Florida State 68 vs Virginia 57)

11 Clemson 75 vs Boston College 71 (Clemson 84 vs Boston College  77)

9 Michigan State 73 vs Michigan 69 (Michigan State 54 vs Michigan 42)

Steelers Win

So the Steelers won the superbowl. Yippeeee. I guess a lot of their fans are excited. I was rooting for Arizona to take it home. I was pretty excited after Fitzgeralds long run. But Santonio Holmes crushed that by having at least 3.5 million catches on that last drive, including the ridiculously hard catch in the end zone. These teams were evenly matched and it turned out to be a very entertaining game, so that’s always good. Pittsburgh will probably challenge again next year, I’m not so sure about Arizona.