Weekly Picks: 2/2/11

Last Week: 3-3

Overall: 3-3

Wednesday: Duke @ Maryland

This game is important for both teams, but in different ways. Duke is looking to rebound after being handled easily at St. John’s, while a Maryland victory at home would put them on the good side of the bubble. Duke has suffered both of its losses on the road, while Maryland is 10-3 at home. My pick: Duke – correct

Thursday: Gonzaga @ Portland

Thursday is not filled with many key matchups, so this one might end up being the closest as Gonzaga is on the road. Gonzaga is still hanging onto the bubble, and a loss here would possibly knock them out of the tournament. Portland is actually better than you might think; they recently beat St. Mary’s at home. Gonzaga is only 2-4 on the road, while Portland only has one loss at home. My pick: Gonzaga – correct

Friday: Harvard @ Princeton

As always, Friday seems to be uneventful, but this game could possibly be the determining factor in which team gets the Ivy League bid. Both teams have suffered all of their losses away from, so Princeton could be considered to have an advantage there. Harvard is 5-3 on the road, but I think its stronger schedule will help them out. My pick: Harvard – wrong

Saturday: Alabama @ Tennessee

I would be wrong in saying that this will be the most appealing game on Saturday, but this game could prove to be very important in the SEC standings. Surprisingly, Alabama has the best conference record at 5-1, while Tennessee has suffered two conference losses. Alabama also recently beat Kentucky. Alabama is 2-4 on the road, while Tennessee is 9-4 at home. Alabama has been playing well as of late, but Tennessee will probably be too much for them. My pick: Tennessee – wrong

Sunday: Ohio State @ Minnesota

Both teams are practically locks for the tournament, but this should be a good matchup as Minnesota looks to deal Ohio State its first loss of the season. Minnesota will look to rebound after a road loss to Purdue. In the first meeting between these teams, Ohio State won at home by three. It is worth noting that Minnesota is also 11-1 at home this season, the loss coming in November. My pick: Ohio State – correct

Monday: Pittsburgh @ West Virginia

In my opinion, there aren’t really any key matchups on Monday, but this game should be the closest. Pittsburgh looks to hold onto a potential one seed in the tournament,  while West Virginia looks to improve its resumé. West Virginia is 8-1 at home, but Pittsburgh has not lost on the road yet. My pick: Pittsburgh – correct

Tuesday: Xavier @ Georgia

There are not really any highly ranked games on Tuesday, but this matchup should be a good nonconference battle, as both teams look to improve their seeds come tournament time. Xavier is on a seven game win streak, while Georgia looks to rebound after two straight conference losses. Xavier is 3-3 on the road, while Georgia is 9-2 at home. My pick: Georgia – wrong

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