Marshall (+10.5) over West Virginia - They'll meet in state capitol Charleston and they'll be playing for basketball supremacy in the great state of West Virginia. On paper, it looks like it should be another big conference team with a good record blowing out a mid-major with a wildly inflated record. Not so fast. This annual instate battle has brought great drama in six out of the last seven years. The 15-2 Thundering Herd have gone stampeding through most of their schedule to date, but this will be by far their biggest test Meanwhile, Marshall is the first of three straight non-conference games for West Virginia, (quite odd in the middle of the grueling Big East schedule). Both squads are returning nearly every contributor from last year. Should be a close one as both teams play for home state pride. We are Marshall!!...at least to cover.
UAB (-11) over Southern Mississippi - Then-Indiana head coach Mike Davis famously said 'We on our way!" after his Hoosiers advanced to the National Title Game in 2002. Eight seasons later, Davis now leads a UAB team that is well on 'their way' to a fantastic season. With a non-conference resume that includes convincing wins over Georgia, Cincinnati, and Butler, The Blazers, who for some strange reason have a dragon as their team mascot, are led by 6'6'' guard Elijah Millsap averaging 17 points and almost 10 rebounds a game. Southern Miss is still looking for its first win in Conference USA this year, and they likely won't get it tonight in Birmingham.
Cincinnati (-9.5) over South Florida - With a talented front line of 6'10'' and 6'11'', and one of the top scoring guards in the conference in Dominique Jones, you would think they would cause problems for some of the league's best. Not the case. USF has lost by over 15 to UL, SU, and WVU. Cincinnatti has dropped 3 out of their last 5 contests, but will rebound tonight with a convincing home victory against the visiting Bulls. Freshman Lance Stephenson needs to put together the all-around game that he's hinted at all season long, and Yancy Gates should be counted on to own the low post.
Last night 2-1