Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Conference Tourney Time Is Here



I have to give a shout out to my boys at UIC as they open up the Horizon League tourney against Wright State tonight at the Pavilion. The last time the Flames were the sixth seed (in 2002), as they are this year, they won it and went to the Big Dance where they gave second-seeded Oklahoma a tough game. They've currently won three straight and all in OT, including one over Wright St last weekend. Here we go now.

By the way, how great is it that conference tourneys are starting? I love this time of year.

Tuesday's action...

Wake Forest at Boston College. BC has recovered nicely from its 0-3 start in ACC play.

LSU at South Carolina. I'm going to have to get around to seeing Glen Davis (18.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg) play one of these days. Tigers can clinch at least share of first SEC title in six years.

Cincinnati at Seton Hall. The Hall is fading badly, having lost three straight to teams that may not even make Big East tourney. Their bubble may have burst already and Louis Orr may be looking for work soon. On the other hand, Cincy has been playing well of late and should just about be in barring a loss here. Maybe Andy kennedy won't be looking for work after all? With WVU coming up to close out the regular season, the Bearcats would be wise to win this one.

Illinois at Minnesota. Illini still with a chance at third straight Big Ten crown, but need to win out and then get some help. Minnesota has been tough at home and much improved in the second half of the season.

Tonight's likes...

UIC (-3) over Wright State.

LSU (+1.5) at South Carolina.

Bulls (-5) over Timberwolves.

Lakers/Magic under 196.

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