There a few good matchups in store for tonight with the #1 team in the country taking the floor. Duke will take on UAB, who is playing very well this season. I am not making this a bold prediction, but I see UAB giving Duke a fit tonight due to their ability to slow down the game and play inside. They drive to the hoop well and are a solid defensive bunch. UAB is one of those teams that you'll see constantly in the NCAA tournament in March and not know much about them. This season they are 12-2, led by Jamarr Sanders and Cameron Moore. Both players average over 17 points per game and Moore is just shy of averaging a double-double. This team is physical and is one of those teams that matches up well with Duke. I still see Duke winning this game, because they are without a doubt the best team in the country, but this has the makings of a good game.
#3 Kansas takes on UMKC of the Summit League and there won't be problems for the Jayhawks in that game. #6 San Diego State will be playing TCU, who are not a pushover, but SDSU is much better. Mizzou, Purdue, BYU, UCF, Memphis, and Louisville are the other ranked teams in action. Out of those games, Purdue, UCF and Memphis have a tough test. I see Purdue and Memphis pulling out wins, but UCF could lose its first game of the season as they take on Marshall, who have a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging double figures.
Here are my picks for tonight:
San Diego State
Marshall over UCF
There are a lot of opportunities for upsets tonight, even though I have only picked one. Please tune in tonight for a recap of all the action!