What a wacky day in college basketball last night. The #1 team in the nation (stop if that sounds familiar…) went down, again, when unranked and 6-8 in conference play Minnesota took down Indiana. The Hoosiers lost for the third time this season as the #1 ranked team – something that hasn’t happened in more than a decade. Florida also went down to unranked bubble hopeful Tennessee, and the nation’s longest win streak was snapped when Xavier took down Memphis.
All this upheaval with ranked teams just further underscores the point that this year’s tournament is going to be wild and unpredictable. There is a good chance Gonzaga will be the #1 team in the nation on Monday. It would be well-deserved, but on a neutral floor would they be favored against most of the top ten teams in the country?? Probably not.
We are down to the final two weeks of the college hoops regular season, so every game counts. Let’s find a few that can count for us at thesportsgeek.com and get to a few winning picks…
Georgetown Hoyas -2 at UConn Huskies
Connecticut, despite ostensibly having nothing to play for, has been playing well for Coach Ollie. They have won four of their last five including an OT home win over Cincinnati and an impressive home win over Syracuse. Their lone loss was a 70-61 loss to Villanova, also at home.
But no team in major college basketball is any hotter than the Georgetown Hoyas. Otto Porter has vaulted into the top three in the National Player of the Year race, and the Hoyas, who inexplicably began the season unranked, now have a chance to earn a top seed if they can win out. It won’t be easy, starting with tonight’s tough road game in Storrs. However, the road hasn’t been that daunting a task for this Georgetown team. They’ve already gone to Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Syracuse and won all three will a relatively comfortable margin.
If the last two night have shown us anything, it is that even top tier teams are vulnerable to trouble when they venture away from home. Indiana, Syracuse, Florida, Memphis and Kansas all lost on the road to far lesser teams. Oh wait, Kansas “won” but yeah… they LOST that game (what a ridiculous screw job by the officials). Anyhow – the larger point is that top teams go down on the road ALL the TIME in 2013.
Yet, I am still sticking with the Hoyas. We backed them over the weekend at Syracuse and they rewarded us with an easy cover and for some, a nice moneyline payout. Connecticut has good guards and plays well at home, but I like the Hoyas size, defense, and momentum tonight to lead them to a big win.
Free Pick: Georgetown Hoyas -2