North Carolina (+3) over Clemson
- If North Carolina (NYSE: UNC) was being traded on Wall Street, buying their stock after the College of Charleston loss would probably be a good idea. Since then a lot more has happened than just a 14-point win over Virginia Tech. Will Graves
and Marcus Ginyard
are back, and Roy Williams is patrolling the sidelines sans that awkward arm-sling. Both wings will prove to be a shot of life to a Carolina team that has lacked identity and consistency so far this year. Forward Trevor Booker (15 PPG; 8.5 RPG), could be bottled up by depth of the Tar Heels frontcourt. Look for this healthy UNC team to run nine or 10 deep and wear out a much thinner Tiger squad.
Texas Tech (+3.5) over Missouri
- Missouri is coming off an upset win against Kansas State and have won their last eight. Guard combo Kim English
and Marcus Denmon
have led the way for the high scoring Tigers this year, shooting a combined 42 percent from long range. However, Missouri has struggled in their two road tests this season against Vanderbilt and Oral Roberts. Expect Pat Knight to have his kids ready to play tonight following an unforeseen blowout loss at Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders are a perfect 10-0 playing in Lubbock this season (4-1 ATS). Leading scorer Mike Singletary
(15.5 PPG) will need to be assertive tonight in this likely down-to-the-wire Big 12 match-up.
Massachusetts (+13.5) over Richmond
- I like Richmond in this A-10 tilt, but I think it will be closer than a 14 point game. The Spiders are clearly a superior team, but only average 68 PPG to their opponents 61 PPG. Eight of their 12 wins this season have come by 12 points or less, so they don't seem to have the firepower or style of play to run opponents off the court. In addition, UMASS (7-8) has struggled this season but hidden in their sub .500 record there are two wins against tournament teams; they beat Cornell and topped Memphis back in mid-December. Richmond guard combo of Kevin Anderson and David Gonzalvez
(why the 'v' son
?) combine for 31 PPG, while UMASS matches that scoring average with Ricky Harris and Anthony Gurley
. Might be a tighter game than expected.
Last night 2-1