It's a Wednesday night. For some, school just started, for others they are bored home desperately wanting to head back to campus to kick off the new year. Well, what better to feel 'back at home' then by watching college basketball tonight. Every game can change a season, well in this case the rankings could possibly be shaken up when the poll is released next Monday.
Here is a list of tonights games:
#1 Duke vs. Florida State
#2 Ohio State vs. Michigan
#5 Pittsburgh vs. #19 Georgetown
Nebraska vs. #12 Missouri
#17 Louisville vs. #7 Villanova
#4 Syracuse vs. St. Johns
UNLV vs. #6 San Diego State
As you can see, the college basketball lineup tonight is insane. My fellow co-founder of the Point After, Sagar Parikh, chose UNLV to upset the San Diego State Aztecs. I've believed in the Aztecs since day one this season and don't see this happening. This may be the Aztecs toughest game yet, or maybe of the season, but on their home floor they continue to shine and make a case that they are a deservable top ten team.
Duke will have some trouble against Florida State, however the Seminoles can keep chopping and singing until their blue in the face, because their offense is nowhere to be found. The Pitt vs. G'town game is bound to come down to the wire. Georgetown has the opportunity to upset the fifth ranked team who is traveling to their arena. But wait, thats not my upset of the night.
Though a very bold prediction, but I believe St. Johns will UPSET the Syracuse Orange. Why? Although the Orange are currently undefeated, the Red Storm has been striking opponents hard, primarily Big East rivals. With a record of 10-4 and some close losses, St. Johns has proven that they are back to make a statement in the East. They currently are 3-1 in the Big East Conference and under the management of Steve Lavin, are 5-1 at home. Oh yes, a storm is brewing for tonight! Madison Square Garden will be electric with fans from both teams, as this is a New York in-state game. St. Johns will play extremely hard tonight in order to move up in the standings and possibly earn a top 25 ranking.
Prediction: St. Johns 78, Syracuse 73