College Hoops Weekend Preview: February 1
January 31, 2013 in Preview
NO NO NO! The Super Bowl is not the only sporting event going down this weekend. We have a great college slate of game this weekend that should be a great appetizer for the big game on Sunday night.
Friday February 1
Youngstown State (13-8,5-3) @ Detroit (14-8,6-3), ESPNU, 9PM: Friday night MAACtion is a little weak this week so if you need your hoops fix on Friday tune in at nine for a big Horizon league match up between the Penguins and Titans. Youngstown State is looking to take the next big step in their program turn-around. After 17 wins in two years the Penguins won 16 games a year ago and are making noise in the Horizon league this year. On Wednesday Youngstown had their most impressive win of the season taking down Valparaiso, the league's top ranked team, 80-68. Blake Allen, Kendrick Perry, and Damian Eargle are a talented trio averaging over 40 points per game. For Detroit its all about their second straight quest for the promised land after falling short a year ago. The coach's son Ray McCallum is the Horizon League's best player and averaging 18.4 points per game this year.
Predicted Score: Detroit 79, Youngstown State 74
Saturday February 2
#14 Miami (16-3,7-0) @ #19 North Carolina State (16-5,5-3), CBS, 4PM: NC State continues to be one of the country's most perplexing teams and the Canes continue to be one the biggest surprises. NC State has taken care of business against teams like Duke and North Carolina, but has had let down to teams like Virginia, Maryland, and Wake Forest. CJ Leslie and the Wolfpack can put the ball in the basket, but which NC State team will show up in Raleigh Saturday? On the other side, the Canes are cruising and have not lost in ACC play. Jim Larranaga's squad's biggest difference maker has to be 6'10 Reggie Johnson who is averaging 10 points and 9 rebounds pr game. Beyond Johnson the Canes have plenty of guys who can score and keep pace with the Wolfpack including Shane Larkin, Durand Scott, and Kenny Kadji.
Prediction: NC State 73, Miami 70
#1 Michigan (20-1,7-1) @ #3 Indiana (19-2,7-1), 9PM, ESPN: If it wasn't for the Super Bowl then this would be the biggest story of the week. The Wolverines are the nation's top ranked team for the first time since the Fab 5 but haven't won at Assembly Hall since 1986. Can the nation's top player Trey Burke along with sidekicks Tim Hardaway Jr and Glenn Robinson III break the streak?
Standing in the Wolverines way will 7 footer Cody Zeller who is now averaging over 16 points per game and 8 rebounds. Zeller presents the biggest mismatch and advantage for the Hoosiers, but he's going to need Will Sheehey, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, or Victor Oladipo to step up to take down Michigan.
Prediction: Indiana 75, Michigan 70