Kentucky @ Louisville (-2.5): Take Kentucky- Statistically, this couldn't be a more even match-up. The battle for the Bluegrass State got tougher for the home team yesterday when Louisville announced that their fifth leading scorer, 6'7'' forward Raheem Buckles, was out with a broken finger. This is the second key injury to the Cardinals who still haven't gotten Jared Swopshire, their fourth leading scorer last year, back from a groin injury. Those two injuries and Kentucky just being the better overall team lead me to believe the Wildcats will leave Louisville victorious today. Kentucky's Josh Harrellson and Terrence Jones must learn from their mistake at UNC and stay out of foul trouble. Look for Doron Lamb (14.4PPG/51%FG) to show once again why he's the most underrated freshman in the country.
Florida @ Xavier (-1): Take Xavier- Florida will be looking for revenge after Xavier went into Gainesville last year and stomped the Gators. Diminutive shooting guard Erving Walker has been a solid scorer all season long and he should match-up well with the Musketeers little guard Tu Holloway. Mark Lyons, as detailed in the last SFBE post, is a budding star in his second year for Xaver. He'll go head-to-head with Kenny Boynton. Often the X-factor for the Gators is big man Vernon Macklin. He's had super games where he's unstoppable in the paint and others where he's invisible. Expect the seven-footer Kenny Frease to cause problems for Vernon today, and for this young Xavier team to notch their first staple win of the season.
Ohio State @ Indiana (+13): Take Ohio State- Ohio State hasn't flirted with defeat all season long. The Buckeyes average margin of victory is 28 points. They have five players that score in double-figures every game, two are uber-talented freshman, Jared Sullinger and DeShaun Thomas, while the other three are seniors that you may have heard of (Buford, Lighty, Diebler). Don't be fooled by Indiana's respectable 9-5 record, six of the wins are against teams well under .500. While the Hoosiers are still in rebuilding mode, they have a budding star in 6'8'' forward Christian Watford. The sophomore from Birmingham averages over 17 PPG and can score both inside and from 3-point land. Assembly Hall won't be loud for long. Ohio State rolls.