Syracuse (-11) over Connecticut- Bob Knight himself declared that Syracuse is the nation's finest team this year. They'll have a chance to show it tonight at the Carrier Dome when Connecticut comes to town. UCONN is on the ropes as we head down the stretch of the regular season. Their win over then #1 Texas is looking less impressive every time the Longhorns take the floor, and the Huskies have since suffered losses in three of four games. The Orange are bigger, more talented, boast a deeper bench, and a healthier coach, and should prove too dominant for an embattled Connecticut bunch. Kris Joseph goes for his sixth straight double-figure scoring effort coming off the bench for 'Cuse.
Northwestern (-3.5) over Iowa- It's time to give some love to Big Ten Coach of the Year candidate Bill Carmody. He has guided his Northwestern Wildcats to a 16-7 record, and they're in position to secure an NCAA tournament bid with a strong finish. Of the seven conference games they have left, only one is against a team with a conference record over .500. The Wildcats are led by 6'8'' sophomore John Shurna. The forward averaging 17PPG and 6.7RPG has been at his best against top competition. If he continues to bring it down the stretch, Northwestern will be hard to beat. Iowa's best wins this year include a win over Prairie View A&M and South Carolina State... you get the picture.
North Carolina (+7) over Duke- Yes, Duke is #7 (incredibly deceiving ranking), first in the ACC, and 19-4 overall. And... Yes, UNC is having its worst year in recent memory, lost to College of Charleston, and is 2nd to last in the ACC. Throw all that out the window for three reasons. 1) Since the Shelden Williams days, Duke has struggled mightily against talented big men which UNC has in Ed Davis and Deon Thompson. 2) All four of Duke's losses have been on the road... tonight's game is in Chapel Hill. 3) It's Duke/UNC and everybody knows crazy @#$% happens when these age old rivals square off. Duke was bailed out at home last week when the officials decided dominant Georgia Tech big man Gani Lawal might prevent Duke from winning. If the zebras do the same tonight with Davis and Thompson, the results will be similar. If not, I don't see a spread greater than five.
Last Night: 1-2