As college basketball inches towards conference play, I will begin my weekly predictions of games including top-25 teams and some teams outside of the polls. I might as well get myself ready for the annual March Madness bracketology, right?
Starting with tonight’s slate of games:
#6 Oklahoma State vs. Robert Morris (ESPNU):
Coming off a nine-day layoff, Travis Ford’s OkState team looks to shake off any rust against the Robert Morris Colonials. The Cowboys boast a perfect 8-0 home record, while the Colonials have struggled mightily on the road, producing a 2-7 record. Marcus Smart and his teammates are one of the premier offensive teams in the country, ranking in the top-10 in pts/gm and offensive efficiency. They should have no trouble scoring against Robert Morris’ poor defense.
Prediction: OkSt-86, RM-60
#9 Baylor vs. Oral Roberts:
The Baylor Bears cannot afford to overlook the 6-6 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. Despite the average record, the Golden Eagles have played Wisconsin, Wichitata State, and Kansas State tough, losing by an average of ten points. The one-loss Baylor Bears are a balanced team that has solid wins on their resume, and has a big-time match-up with the #13 Iowa State Cyclones next week.
Prediction: BU-71, OR- 55
#16 Kansas vs. Toledo
This is arguably the best game of the night, pitting the improving Kansas Jayhwaks against the undefeated Toledo Rockets. Tonight we will find out just how good this Toledo team is. The Jayhawks are by-far-and-away the best team that Toledo has and will play this season. Toledo has won on the road against Boston College, Robert Morris, and Detroit, so they haven’t exactly coasted to a 12-0 record. In the end, Kansas’ size should cool off the Toledo attack.
Prediction: KU-77, Tol-70
#24 Gonzaga vs. San Francisco:
This may be a shootout, as both teams average over 80 ppg and give up at least 70 ppg. Both teams also shoot the lights out, both ranking in the top 5 in FG%. This WCC match-up will be the second conference game for both squads.
Prediction: Gz-92, SF-82