Thursday, January 05, 2006

Big Night Ahead

1. Sun Belt conference play opens tonight with this slate of games:
Ark-Little Rock @ Florida International
UL-Lafayette @ North Texas
Western Kentucky @ Arkansas State
New Orleans @ Denver

2. Last night's GOI
--at Cincinnati 82, DePaul 60. Bearcats continue to roll. DePaul continues to confuse.

at Clemson 61, Florida State 55. Clemson bounces back from loss to Elon. Yes, that Elon.
--at Pittsburgh 100,
Notre Dame 97 (2 OT). Would have been a golden win for ND, but still a sign of good things. Pitt is now 12-0.
--Xavier 62, at Saint Joseph's 58. Huge road win for the Muskies. This gets Xavier into the NCAA picture. Their only losses are to Illinois by 3 and Creighton by 2.
--George Washington 72, at Temple 60. Colonials send a message about who is the team to beat in the A-10.
at Utah 64, New Mexico 49. Classic Mt West match up goes to the Utes.

3. Tonight's GOI (all times CT)
--Villanova at Louisville (ESPN2 at 6 pm). FINALLY, we get to see if the Cards are any good.
--Michigan State at Illinois (ESPN2 at 8 pm). These two play their first (tonight) and last (March 4) Big Ten games against each other. Nice.
--UCLA at Arizona (Fox Sports Net at 9:30 pm). Two of the big three Pac-10 contenders. UCLA is coming off a loss to Cal. Zona has won seven straight.
--VCU at George Mason. BIG match up of Colonial contenders.
--Nevada at Hawaii. Tough to win in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Ask Michigan State.
--Northern Iowa at Wichita State. Every game is big amongst the MVC contenders.
--Iowa at Wisconsin. This Big 10 tilt will be overshadowed by MSU/Illinois, but still an important game.