After a few quiet days in college basketball, today figures to be a good one. Please remember that we use our own rankings for these games. This week’s rankings have Kentucky on top again with a lot of movement in the bottom half. Check them out here
This is a game between two high-powered offenses that will light up the score board more often then not. Indiana is 14th in the country at 80.3 points per game while Wisconsin is 56th at 73.6 per game. However, the two teams get there points very differently. Indiana has one of the best backcourts in the country with James Blackmon and Yogi Ferrell. There third backcourt player, Troy Williams, is also a special scorer. On the other hand, Wisconsin gets a ton of points from their two starting forwards, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker. Wisconsin is a 15 point favorite in this game but I do not see them covering that spread. Indiana scores the ball too well and has too good of guard play to get blown out like that. I think Indiana keeps it close but falls, 78 to 69 as Frank Kaminsky seals the game late and takes advantage of Indiana’s lack of a post defender, putting up 27 points and 14 rebounds.
This is another game between two high powered offenses both coming off a good streak of recent play. West Virginia has won 4 of their last five games, including a home blowout of Oklahoma a few weeks ago, winning 86-65. In that game, only one West Virginia starter scored in double figures but they got 18 off the bench from backup guard Jevon Carter, who averages 8.2 points per game. I don’t think West Virginia will get a performance from Carter like that again, but I also do not expect their starters to play so poorly. I expect Buddy Hield, Oklahoma’s best player, to have a huge game and give Oklahoma a massive ranked victory and get them to 6-4 in the Big 12. Hield scores 26 and Oklahoma wins a more defensive game, 71 to 62.
#3 Game of the Day: St. Johns (14-7, 3-5 Big East) @ #20 Butler (16-6, 6-3 Big East)
St. Johns season was on the verge of going totally south before they pulled a massive upset victory over Providence. If they can follow this up with a huge win over Butler, they will be right back in the NCAA tournament picture. St. Johns is led by a likely All-American guard, D’Angelo Harrison. They got Rysheed Jordan back from suspension recently and Chris Obekpa is still a dominate force defensively. Butler is one of the best defensive teams in the country and they have already been successful shutting down elite guards like Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs, Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett, and UNC’s Marcus Paige. If they can slow down D’Angelo Harrison, they will win this game. Kellen Dunham has been on a role lately as one of the most efficient scorers in the country and Butler is an incredible team when playing at home. I think Butler takes advantage of the mental fragility of St. Johns and rolls in this game, 72 to 55.