Syracuse (-3.5) over Notre Dame - The Orange withstood a ferocious comeback over the weekend and barely escaped Morgantown with a win. Tonight they'll try to do the same in another tough road game in South Bend . Of course, their main objective will be to neutralize All-American Luke Harangody (25 PPG) as well as Mississippi State transfer Ben Hansbrough. Hansbrough’s scoring numbers have dipped in Big East play, but he’s a solid all around contributor. They key for Syracuse is sixth man Kris Joseph. One of seven players averaging at least 8 PPG, the sophomore is an explosive athlete who has a knack for showing up in big games. An interesting stat line to watch during this one will be turnovers. The Fighting Irish are first in the league in TOs while Syracuse is last. In the end, the Irish will ride their home crowd to a close finish, but Syracuse has too many offensive weapons to lose this one.
Texas (+1.5) over Kansas State - The Longhorns have taken every team’s best shot since the turn of the new year and remain undefeated. Kansas State has ridden the hot shooting of guard Jacob Pullen (19.7 PPG) all season long, and will need him to come up large tonight in Manhattan. For Texas, forward Damion James has been epic as of late, with double-doubles in seven of his last eight games and an average of 23 points and 14 rebounds in the UT's last three. Home court advantage aside, K-State will need Pullen and Denis Clemente to be on from long distance to win. I like the Longhorns to withstand the hostile environment and move to 18-0. Gotta go with #1.
Siena (-15) over Manhattan - Siena is coming off a battle against Fairfield on Saturday, but should have no problem handling the Jaspers tonight. The Saints have a spotless record in the MAAC and should run away with this one tonight in Albany. Explosive wingman Clarence Jackson has been the difference the last two games shooting 11-23 from beyond the arc. Center Ryan Rossiter is one of the country's top rebounders, and he’s been nearly unstoppable in conference play. Manhattan has a trio of guards averaging over 10 PPG, but they’ll be dominated in the paint. Saints by 20+.