St. John’s -6.5 vs. St. Mary’s:
St. John’s has a 3 headed monster in D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer, and Phil Greene IV. You have to love teams that defend end to end, play physical basketball, and have superior guard play. St. Mary’s really hasn’t proven much, other than an overtime win over a Creighton squad that’s really inconsistent. Too much athleticism on the SJU side for a St. Mary’s team that can’t beat Northern Arizona. St. Mary’s also has to travel to MSG, where the Red Storm are fantastic. Too much travel and not enough athleticism for the Gaels.
Clemson @ South Carolina Over 126.5:
South Carolina has shown improvement all season. Sindarius Thornwell has been hot in dropping 13 a night and 6 boards. The GameCocks have averaged almost 80 ppg, over the last 3 games, including a win over Okie State. We’ve believe Frank Martin’s team has found itself offensively, and would expect nothing less against a big, instate, rival. This one’s too close to call from a spread perspective, because either could happen with the way Clemson likes to defend. We’re riding with the home team though 71 – 62 in a nice over. Don’t mess with the spread in this one.
Arizona -6.5 @ Utep/Over 132.5:
Vegas must know something we don’t in this one. Tim Floyd teams are extremely well coached, and going on the road is never easy. Vince Hunter will definitely get his points against the Wildcats. The length and athelticism on the Arizona size can be matched by very few. The easier play here is the points, because both teams like to run and gun in averaging well over 70 points per game. We like the more talented team to cover the -6.5, but definitely take the over.
Teaser of the Night: Arizona -1.5/St. John’s -1.5
Tennessee Tech +14 @ Tennessee:
Another what we’d call “timing” game. Tech’s averaging a lofty amount of points on the season. That being said, Tennessee will play a defensive style that will take Tech out of their comfort zone. Tech is talented enough to play with the likes of an Alabama within 2 points, on the road, they can do the same at Tennessee, who is very similar. The big difference is this is Tech’s super bowl and they’ve had 4 days to prepare for it. The Vols come back home on 1 day’s rest, after losing a hard fought, fast paced, game at NC State. The Vols win, but on tired legs. Vols 74 – Tech 63.
Colorado State -3.5 @ Denver:
Straight gut shot pick of the night. Not tons of logic, or stats behind this one. Colorado State looks like the class of the Mountain West right now. They’re extremely well coached, and improving, under Larry Eustachy. Just seems like too much for Denver. At the end of the day, we’re going with the Rams for the win. CSU takes this one 70 – 61. Don’t bet your house on it, but we’ve got a gut feeling on it.