Yesterday College basketball came back after a few days off with a bang. I successfully predicted all three games and I hope to continue that streak today. Today there are no battles between ranked teams but there are plenty of solid games between potential tournament contenders.
National Game of the Day: Providence (16-6, 6-3 Big East) @ #23 Georgetown (15-6, 7-3 Big East)
This is going to be a very fun game between two teams with star power. The Friars have arguably the best forward and the best guard in the entire Big East in LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn. The two do everything for Providence and when they don’t play well, the team usually loses. Henton is the likely Big East Player of the Year, averaging 20.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. One of the main threats to beat him for that award is his teammate, starting point guard Kris Dunn. Dunn, a former highly regarded recruit, is averaging a 15.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and a ridiculous 7.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Dunn is a matchup nightmare on offense and defense and will pick you apart if you let him. However, Georgetown plays awesome team defense and will be well prepared for this matchup. They are a very balanced team who will not win with anyone player. Providence won in overtime 60-57 at home last time these two teams met and I expect a similar game today. Georgetown wins, 63 to 57.
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#2 Game of the Day: Texas A&M (15-5, 6-2 SEC) @ Ole Miss (14-7, 5-3 SEC)
This is a battle of two teams fighting for a tournament bid in the SEC. Both teams have some decent wins but a few bad losses that will hurt their resume. A&M wins with defense while Ole Miss wins with offense. For A&M, they get 14.2 points per game from two players, Houston transfer and former five star recruit, Danuel House, and junior forward Jalen Jones. However, there best player is junior point guard Alex Caruso, who averages 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game. Their “Big 3” will be tasked with the job of slowing down a potent Ole Miss attack, led by Stefan Moody and Jarvis Summers. I think Ole Miss can push the tempo in this game and use the home crowd to pull out a big 72 to 64 win.
#3 Game of the Day: Colorado State (19-3, 6-3 Mountain West) @ Wyoming (18-4, 7-2 Mountain West)
Both of these teams are likely to be dancing come March but they could each use this win to help boost their resume. The two met in an instant classic earlier this year at Colorado State, with Wyoming winning 60 to 54. Both teams play incredible defense but Colorado State has far more fire power offensively. Colorado State has six guys averaging 7.9 points per game or higher but their best player is J.J. Avila, who is scoring 15.5 per game. He is a quick, athletic forward who also pulls in 7.6 rebounds per game. In the first meeting between these two teams, he dominated with 23 and 7 but still lost as Wyoming shut down the rest of the team, holding second leading scorer Stanton Kidd to 3 for 11 shooting and third leading scorer Daniel Bejarano to 1 for 6. For Wyoming, there best player is easily Larry Nance Jr. The senior forward is averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds and will be tasked with slowing down the potent three headed monster of big men for Colorado State. I say Nance has a big game and Wyoming wins, 62 to 59.