Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Twenty (12/23)

Now that the Redskins are dead and buried, I'm turning my attention more to college basketball.  Here's the season's first Top Twenty from the Prediction Machine.

Top Twenty


1 Oklahoma St. 35.8
2 Louisville 34.6
3 Arizona 32.8
4 Villanova 32.6
5 Iowa St. 32.6
6 Iowa 32.4
7 Arkansas 32.3
8 Ohio St. 32.1
9 Arizona St. 32.0
10 Kentucky 31.7
11 Creighton 31.3
12 Duke 31.3
13 Michigan 31.1
14 Kansas 31.0
15 Oregon 30.9
16 Pittsburgh 30.8
17 Colorado 30.6
18 Florida St. 30.4
19 Wisconsin 30.3
20 Syracuse 30.3

Some early-season shakeout still going on in the Top Twenty.  Oklahoma State and Louisville are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the nation.  Oklahoma State lost some ground this week to Louisville despite a solid win over Colorado.

Predictions


There's a dearth of interesting games until next Saturday.

#8 Villanova at #2 Syracuse:  Nova by 4
The PM has Nova at #4 and Syracuse at #20, so don't expect Syracuse to have an easy time of it.  Home court advantage is worth a lot, though, so it won't be a big surprise if Syracuse wins this game.

#6 Louisville at #18 Kentucky: Louisville by 8.5
The PM thinks better of both teams than the AP, but Louisville (and OKSt) is head-and-shoulders above the rest of the Top Twenty, so the PM thinks they'll win comfortably at Lexington.

Providence @ #23 UMASS!!!:  UMass by 1
Good chance for an "upset" in this game.

#25 Missouri @ N.C. State:  Mizzou by 1
Another good upset possibility.

 

Blowout of the Week

 

Wisconsin over Prairie View A&M by 29

 

Coin Toss of the Week


Boston U @ St. Joseph's


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