Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tuesday Preview/Monday Recap

They’re only 11 Division games on Tuesday, but every game has NCAA Tournament implications. In addition, 6 of the 22 teams are ranked and 2 others were recently ranked.

Lipscomb-Belmont
A rivalry game here as Lipscomb tries to keep their 2-game advantage in the lost column.

Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech
The winner stays alive for a slim at-large chance, while the loser scrambles for the NIT.

Illinois-Wisconsin
Of the Top 7 teams in the Big Ten, only Michigan St. has won on the road against one of the other 7 teams. Illinois has a good chance to add a second game to that as Wisconsin is really struggling right now.

Western Kentucky-Florida Intl.
The Hilltoppers try to stay alive for an at-large and extend their two game Sun Belt lead.

Pitt-Uconn
Just a great game between two Top Ten teams.

Nebraska-OK St.
Both teams try to stay alive for at-large consideration

South Florida-Cincy
The Bearcats have only won once since Kirkland went down and have to have this one. South Florida has yet to win in the Big East but five out of the six games that they played were decided by six points or less.

Florida-Mississippi
The Gators try to show that they can win on the road after losing their last two on the road. Ole Miss is desperate for a win.

Georgetown-DePaul
The Hoyas try to keep their momentum going as DePaul tries to sneak into the Big East Tournament.

Wake Forest-Miami Fl
Both teams can still sneak into the Big Dance, but need to get hot starting here.

Northern Iowa-Creighton
The Panthers try to prove that they are worthy of being ranked by going to one of the toughest gyms in college basketball.


Recap

Louisville-Villanova
This was a great game with both teams trading three’s in the first half and all out chaos throughout the whole game. It was really fun to watch. Just great shooting and energy from everyone. However, Louisville lost again and at this point wouldn’t even be in the Big East Tournament.

Iona-St. Peter’s
Iona’s lost likely ends any at-large chance that they had and puts them in a first place tie with Manhattan.

Samford-Murray St.
A dominate performance by Murray St. justifies my inclusion of them in this week’s bracket.

Hawaii-Utah St.
Hawaii still can’t win on the mainland and Utah St. stays alive for a possible at-large.

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