Washington State v. Baylor (-3): Take Baylor- After a getting walked over by Gonzaga in their home city last Saturday, Baylor got back on track with a drubbing of San Diego. The Bears are 13th in the nation shooting 49% from the field in part due to the dunk-fest featuring Quincy Acy and Perry Jones III. Acy may get the daunting task of guarding Washington State's star Klay Thompson. The junior has gone for 20 PTS or more six times and can score both inside and out. Strange stat: The Cougars leading rebounder is 6'4'' 185lb guard Marcus Capers with 6.2 RPG. Baylor will be dominant on the boards, and will prevail.
Oakland @ Ohio State (-17.5): Take Oakland- Give a lot of credit to Coach Greg Kampe for his tough non-conference scheduling. If there's ever a year to schedule West Virginia, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State, Tennessee, Michigan, and Ohio State, I guess it's this year while you've still got NBA prospect Keith Benson on your squad. The Golden Grizzlies sit at 7-7, but there's not a more solid bet than Oakland winning the Summit League and showing up in March. Ohio State has way too many weapons and will take care of Oakland at home tonight, but the big story will be the battle in the post between the senior Benson and the freshman sensation Jared Sullinger. Oakland pushed Michigan State to the wire and beat Tennessee-- they've got the scoring weapons to give the Buckeyes a run. It likely won't be an upset, but Oakland won't fall by this kind of spread.
Georgetown @ Memphis (+4): Take Memphis- This is one final non-conference test before the Hoyas begin Big East play after Christmas. Georgetown, led by their explosive guard trio (Freeman, Clark, Wright), is an exceptional passing team and they've thrived from beyond the arc all season long. However, Memphis has the athletes to guard at the perimeter and stay with the Hoyas uptempo offensive attack. With the FedEx Forum as tonight's host, I expect Memphis to come out strong. In their only loss, they struggled guarding Kansas in the post as the Morris twins dominated. Georgetown doesn't have that post-presence which caused so much trouble for the Tigers.