Sunday, February 27, 2005

Viewing Guide for the Week of Feb.28-March 6

Herein, lies the sporting events that will captivate you if only only dare and watch them. Take the risk and watch some college basketball, and you shall not be disappointed.

Monday


College Basketball

Pitt at BC 7pm ESPN
This is BC's last big game before the Big East Tourney. BC got lucky as they only had to play Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn once. Look for Carl Krauser to have a big game.

Oklahoma at Texas 9pm ESPN
In football they call this game "The Red River Shootout." No matter what sporting event, games between these two teams are always a big deal, especially when both of these teams are likely headed to the tourney.

Northern Iowa at Wichita State 9:00
If Wichita State can win this game, I think they are likely going to be in the tourney.

New Mexico at UNLV 11:59 ESPN
You gotta love watching MWC games at midnight on Big Monday's. Here is a chance for most of the nation to see Danny Granger, a forward that is expected by NBAdraft.net to be picked by Charlotte in the second round.

NBA

San Antonio at Cleveland 7:00
If Bruce Bowen is one of the best defenders in the NBA, I would love to be able to see him try and stop Lebron.


Tuesday


College Basketball

Saint Joseph's at George Washington 7pm ESPN2
Who thought St. Joe's would be this good after losing both Jameer Nelson, and Delonte West to the NBA? I sure did not, as St. Joe's is 12-1 in the A 10, and has a decent chance at getting into the tourney.

Mississippi State at Arkansas 7:05 ESPN
A couple of weeks ago Mississippi State was a lock to be in the tourney. Now after losing 3 of their last five games, they are no longer a lock for the tourney, and could really help themselves out by getting a win on national TV against a good Razorbacks team.

Indiana at Wisconsin 9pm ESPN
For a few weeks, people have been saying that Indiana is on the bubble. After starting off the season slow, Indiana has played better in conference play, and stand at 8-5 in the Big 10. A win at Wisconsin would be huge for their tournament chances.

VA Tech at Clemson 9pm
I think VA Tech is on the bubble. Some people think they have no shot at the tourney. They must win this game at Clemson, in order to even be considered to be on the bubble.

NBA

Seattle at Indiana 7pm
Two of the best shooters in the NBA in Ray Allen and Reggie Miller face each for what might be their last time.


Wednesday


College Basketball

Georgia Tech at Wake Forest 7pm ESPN
GT still needs some help in order to get into the tournament, and a win at Wake gives them a great shot at getting in the tourney.

Georgetown at UConn 7:30
Three straight losses has put the Hoyas back on the bubble. UConn on the other hand has been on an excellent run, winning 7 of their last 8, and the only loss was to North Carolina. This is a tough test for a young Hoyas team, but it is a game that means a lot to their tournament chances.

Missouri at Iowa State 8:00
Iowa State started off at 0-5 in the Big 12, then won their next 7 games in conference, and since that huge win in Kansas last week, they have lost to Texas A&M and Nebraska. They need to win their final two games against Missouri and Colorado, and then win their first game in the Big 12 tournament to feel safe about their tourney chances.

DePaul at UAB 8:30
UAB is just 2-4 in their last 6 games, and could use a win against DePaul which has the always dangerous Quemont Greer and Drake Diener (cousin of Marquette player Travis Diener).

NBA

Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics 7:30 FSN
Antoine's first game back in green is against the Lakers and Kobe. The Celts need a win to repay L.A. for the game they lost against them last week out in L.A.


Thursday


College Basketball

Charlotte at Louisville 7pm ESPN2
Do I dare call a game from Conference USA the game of the week? If this isn't the most important game of the week, it certainly ranks up there. Charlotte and Louisville both have identical 12-2 records in conference, and this will determine first place in the conference.

Oregon State at UCLA 10:30

UCLA had a huge win today against ND in South Bend. The Bruins need to win their last two games of the season against the Beavers and the Oregon Ducks in order to feel secure about an NCAA at large bid.

Pacific at Cal State Fullerton 10:05
Could a team like Cal State Fullerton get an NCAA at large bid? As crazy as that sounds, it's not out of the question. At 17-8 and 11-5 in conference they have a chance. If they can beat Pacific, a team that has won 19 straight games, and then at least get to the finals in the Big West tourney, they have a small chance at making the big dance. But, they must win this game.

NBA

Detroit at Phoenix 10:30 TNT
The defending champions visit a team that could win it all this year. The Suns have got deeper with the additions of Walter McCarty, and Jim Jackson and could contest the Spurs for the Western Conference in May.

MLB

Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox 7pm NESN
After 86 years the Sox are World Champions. Sox fans all over the world hope that their team can repeat and that 8 months from now, we will be back to back champions.


Friday


NBA

Sacramento at Miami 8pm ESPN
The Kings without Chris Webber will struggle to stay competitive in the West. Look for Shaq to control the paint in this game.

Dallas at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 ESPN
Dallas always seems to make a trade at the deadline, and this year they picked up Keith Van Horn. This team is so deep and talented, and if they would learn to play defense they could contend in the West.


Saturday


College Basketball

Louisville at DePaul 12pm ESPN
A win by the Blue Demons would be huge in terms of their seeding for the tournament. The Cardinals will be coming off a tough game Thursday night against Charlotte and could be tired. I predict that DePaul will win in a mini-upset.

Pitt at Notre Dame 2pm CBS
3 weeks ago Pitt won a very tough game against ND by 2. The Fighting Irish will look for revenge on Senior Day in South Bend.

Syracuse at UConn 4pm CBS
After losing in early February to UConn at the Carrier Dome, the Orangemen will look to win their last game of the season before the Big East tourney. In order for the Cuse' to win this game, they must get scoring from players not named Hakim or G-Mac. Would the real Josh Pace please stand up.

Arizona at Arizona State 6pm FSN
This could be Ike Diogu's last game at home, and the last chance for many people to see him play in a college uniform. Diogu is a junior who has had a tremendous three years, and he is a candidate to be a first team All-American. A win over Arizona would be a huge step if Arizona State is going to have any chance at all of making the tourney.


Sunday


College Basketball

Illinois at Ohio State 12pm CBS
Illinois will try to finish the regular season undefeated, but the Buckeyes will be pumped up as they cannot participate in the NCAA tourney because of a violation, and this game is basically their national championship.

Kentucky at Florida 2pm CBS
When these two teams meet, there is no need for me to tell you why to watch this game.

Duke at UNC 4pm CBS
The biggest rivalry in college basketball is back. In the first game, Duke survived and beat UNC 71-70. Look for a different ending to the game this time in Chapel Hill.

Wake Forest at N.C. State 6pm FSN
N.C. State absolutely needs to win this game, and a couple games in the ACC tournament in order to even be considered for an at large NCAA bid. Otherwise the Wolfpack are headed for the NIT.


Matt

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