Georgetown @ Notre Dame (+2): Take Notre Dame- Both teams sit at 11-1 overall as they head into their first game of Big East play. Georgetown, number two in the nation in FG% shooting (53%), notched an impressive road win at Memphis led by Austin Freeman's 24 points. He slid into fifth place on Dave Ryan's SFBE week four Player of the Year rankings, and deservedly so. Not too much positive has come out of South Bend over the last two months, (think- tower collapse, sexual assault investigation or lack thereof, and another god awful year on the gridiron)... but this basketball team might just be turning the luck. Their one hiccup came in a loss to Kentucky, but led by Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough this team is 17th in the nation in scoring, 8th in rebounds, and 8th in assists. This game will be a barnburner, and we'll go with the home team against the spread.
Illinois @ Iowa (+4): Take Illinois- Illinois PG Demetri McCamey has the best Assist/Turnover ratio of his career (2.71) this season, but his efforts haven't been good enough of late. The Fighting Illini have dropped two straight, including a flop at the United Center against Illinois-Chicago. New head coach Fran McCafferey and his young Iowa Hawkeyes team have limped through the first two months of the season. Four of the top seven scorers on the team are underclassmen, and while his squad has shown promise at times, potential won't get you wins in the Big Ten this year. Illinois has too much size, too much McCamey and will roll on the road.
Washington State @ UCLA (-2): Take UCLA- The Bruins have ripped off five wins in a row including a takedown of then 18th ranked BYU two weeks ago. In those five games, they've had a different leading scorer in four of them, a prime example of the strength of this UCLA team- multiple scoring weapons. None of their top six scorers shoot below 43%, and this efficiency should lead to many wins in the PAC-10. Washington State is also hot of late, but they've been doing it on the back of one of the country's most underrated stars, Klay Thompson. He's a player of the year candidate that Coach Howland will most certainly have his defense prepared for. I'd love to be the "Klay Thompson" on UCLA's second string in practice this week...UCLA wins and covers at home.