Monday, February 18, 2008

This week's big games

Here are some of the big games this week in college basketball....(the ranking is the latest RPI)

#47 Syracuse (17-9) @ #15 Louisville (20-6)

The Cuse got whooped by S. Florida earlier in the week, then came back to beat Georgetown on Saturday...The Ville is on a five game winning streak and one of the hottest teams in the country...The Cuse needs this game badly...

#37 Texas A&M (19-5) @ #6 Texas (20-4)
The Aggies stuck it to Texas by 17 points in late January...that was the last time Texas has lost a game...the Aggies need another quality win...

#28 Purdue (21-5) @ #24 Indiana (21-4)
Because of the whacky Big Ten rotation schedule, this is the only time these two in-state rivals will play this regular season....this may be the last game for IU head coach Kelvin Sampson...Purdue last lost on January 8th to Michigan State...they are on an 11 game roll...head coach Matt Painter should get some votes for National Coach of the Year...

#158 Penn State (12-12) @ #14 Michigan State (20-5)
Back on February 2nd, the Spartans rolled into Happy Valley with a 19-2 mark and sitting pretty...they were thumped that night by Penn State and have yet to recover...Sparty has lost three of its last four games including Saturday's ugly beatdown at Indiana...this is a big game for Tom Izzo to see if he can get his team's swagger back...

#4 North Carolina (24-2) @ #58 N.C. State (15-10)
The Tar Heels got back on track after Saturday's 40 point win over Va. Tech...but they cannot sleep on N.C. State...the Wolfpack can always come up and bite their arch-rival at any time...

#18 Pitt (18-6) @ #26 Notre Dame (19-5)
The Panthers are 5-5 in their last 10 games...the Irish have won 34 straight home games...Irish sophomore Luke Harangody is one of the best unknown players in the country....

1 comment:

JW Stringer said...

Here are some nuggets on tonights Indiana/Purdue game from the "Buzz" at

Purdue has won 5 straight conference road games for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Boilermakers have never won 6 straight conference road games.

The Hoosiers have posted an impressive 32-1 record when scoring 70 points or more under head coach Kelvin Sampson. Indiana may have trouble reaching that number, as Purdue is allowing just 60.5 points per game on the season.

Purdue is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games overall.
Purdue is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 road games.
Purdue is 22-6 ATS in its last 28 games vs. Big Ten.
Purdue is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Indiana.