Monday, February 10, 2014

Top Twenty (2/10)

1Louisville30.88
(NC)
2Iowa30.38
(+1)
3Arizona30.08
(+1)
4Duke30.08
(+1)
5Oklahoma St.30.05
(-3)
6Creighton29.54
(NC)
7Michigan29.48
(NC)
8Ohio St.29.41
(+2)
9Villanova29.33
(+4)
10Kentucky29.28
(-1)
11Michigan St.29.25
(-3)
12Iowa St.29.2
(-1)
13UCLA28.84
(NC)
14Florida28.79
(+6)
15Pittsburgh28.73
(-1)
16Kansas28.71
(+3)
17Syracuse28.7
(+2)
18Arizona St.28.66
(-2)
19Arkansas28.58
NEW
20SMU28.48
NEW

Oklahoma State continues to drop, Villanova jumps up on strong wins over Seton Hall and Xavier, and Florida makes a big jump. 

PREDICTIONS

#10 Michigan @ tOSU:  tOSU +3

tOSU is coming off two great road wins, so maybe they continue the streak with an upset of Michigan.

TOSS-UP OF THE WEEK

#19 Oklahoma State @ #15 Texas

Oklahoma State has four straight losses and Marcus Smart is out.  Texas is coming off an embarrassing loss to KSU.  Anything could happen, but with the absence of Smart I'll give Texas the nod.

#1 Syracuse @ #25 Pittsburgh:  Pittsburgh +3

The PM strongly disagrees with the AP's reverence for unbeaten teams.  Pittsburgh is marginally the better team and at home, so they should win this game.

#11 Duke @ UNC:  Duke +5

Anything can happen in this rivalry, but Duke's good enough that they should win this comfortably.

#1 Arizona @ ASU:  Arizona +5

ASU is undoubtedly the best 18-6 team in the country, but they have a big job to beat Arizona even at home.

#3 Florida @ #18 Kentucky:  Kentucky +5

If Kentucky wins it will be seen as a big upset, but these teams are actually pretty comparable and Kentucky should win at home.  Conversely if Florida can win this game it will cement them as a tournament favorite down the stretch.

#24 Memphis @ #22 Connecticut:  UConn +4

This should be a good game between two very evenly matched teams.

BLOWOUT OF THE WEEK

Rutgers @ Louisville:  Louisville +27

This will not be pretty.

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