Thursday, January 31st Highlighted Match-ups

Thursday, January 31st Highlighted Match-ups
Jan 31, 2008, 11:21 am
-NORTH CAROLINA STATE AT DUKE (ACC). Duke is one of the hottest teams in the country and is coming off a tough road win against Maryland. NC State got a much needed road win against Florida State in their last game. It appears as though they are right on the bubble, but a win in this game would really boost their credentials. That’s much easier said than done, though.

-BOSTON COLLEGE AT NORTH CAROLINA (ACC). BC has lost four of their last six and is falling further and further away from the bubble. A high profile win like this would certainly turn things around, but considering how well North Carolina has been playing at home I wouldn’t hold my breath. UNC is in the race with Duke for first place in the conference, as well as a #1 seed in the Charlotte region, so every game is a big game.

-PROVIDENCE AT NOTRE DAME (Big East). Providence has been inconsistent this year and has actually lost their last two games. They need a decent win on the road to boost their profile. The next true road win for the Friars will be their first, and the committee isn’t going to be impressed by their resume until they win at least one. The Irish have been playing much better lately, especially at home. A win in this one would be another notable victory for their resume.

-ARIZONA STATE AT UCLA (Pac Ten). Arizona State has lost three straight games and needs a big win to turn things around if they want to be in the discussion for an at-large bid. UCLA is red hot and is still good enough to finish first in the league and earn a #1 seed. ASU is good, but I’d be shocked if they were able to pull off an upset like this on the road.

-ARIZONA AT USC (Pac Ten). Both of these teams are playing really well. USC has won four in a row and three of those came on the road. Arizona has won their last three and beat both Washington and Washington State last week. Both of these teams are on the way up, so it should be an exciting game tonight.

-STANFORD AT WASHINGTON (Pac Ten). At 16-3 Stanford is having a terrific season and is currently right in the mix for the Pac Ten title. This isn’t going to be an easy road game for them, though. Washington isn’t in the tourney discussion just yet, but they have won three out of their last four and appear to be playing better. This would be another notable win for the Huskies if they’re able to pull it off.

-CALIFORNIA AT WASHINGTON STATE (Pac Ten). Wazzu is coming off an exciting road win against Arizona State. Considering how well they’ve been playing at home, and how much Cal has been struggling, this appears to be a winnable conference game for the Cougars. They’re still in position to finish at or near the top of the conference standings and earn a good seed.

-INDIANA AT WISCONSIN (Big Ten). These are two of the best teams in the Big Ten, and this game should have an impact on who ends up winning the conference. Both appear to be in solid shape to make the NCAA Tournament and end up with a good seed, so this would be a high quality win for whoever pulls it off. The Hoosiers are coming off a home loss to Connecticut and are looking to rebound, but winning on the road against a team as tough as Wisconsin won’t be easy.

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