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Sully's Court: Which North Carolina team will show up in Syracuse?

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  January 10, 2014 12:25 PM

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Games Iím would like to watch this weekend. (OK, I wonít really see many of them because Iíll be watching the Patriots).

Saturday

Saint Louis at Dayton: A critical A10 matchup in front of the best college basketball fans in the nation. Those fans, however, have been disappointed in big games in recent years. Time for the Flyers to step up and valiantly defend home court.

North Carolina at Syracuse: The Tar Heels are so inconsistent itís hard to believe. All those good players, all those bad plays. But just when you think theyíve turned bad, theyíll rise up and play a big game. Thatís what Iím expecting. Syracuseís first loss.

Iowa State at Oklahoma: Iowa State is highly entertaining; fast-paced, chucking up three-pointers. I love how they play. Oklahoma, well coached as always by Lon Kruger, will attempt to control pace to pull off the upset.

Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: Both teams are holding on to their seasons by a thread. Must win for both; should be highly competitive. Iíll take Tech at home.

Duke at Clemson: Duke fell of the Top 10 this week and theyíre not playing great. That will probably be enough motivation to avoid an upset.

Kansas State at Kansas: The IS a rivalry but Kansas State NEVER wins in Allen Fieldhouse. This is the time to do it. Heck, San Diego State just broke Kansasí 68-game winning streak against non-conference teams. The Jayhawks are talented but young and are having trouble finding cohesion.

Minnesota at Michigan State: The Spartans should prevail but Iím expecting a challenge from the improved Gophers.

Oklahoma State at West Virginia: I didnít think much of the Mountaineers until they won two games in Texas last week. Now they get a home game against one of the top teams in the country. Despite Texas, I donít think theyíre ready for Okie State.

Virginia at NC State: Critical ACC game for two teams that are classified as pretenders. NC State is inconsistent but should protect home court.

Central Florida at UConn: In football, you take UCF (formerly the Jordanaires); in basketball you take the Huskies (formerly the Calhouns).

Princeton at Penn: A great rivalry but Penn has really struggled and it would be a shocking upset.

Georgetown at Butler:
The Hoyas have trouble on the road; Butler just has trouble. Both need this badly.

Sunday

SMU at Louisville: The Pitino Palace seemed to make Louisville unbeatable; now we know thatís not true since Memphis upset them Thursday night. SMU is much improved under ageless Larry Brown but Louisville figures to get back on track.

Iowa at Ohio State: Hopefully, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery stays around for the whole game. Ohio State needs to bounce back from the OT loss to Michigan State. In the end the Buckeyes are the better team.

Xavier at Creighton: Doug McDermott hurt is shoulder but will still play. Good thing. Without him the Bluejays are ordinary and would lose this.

Colorado at Washington: Big Pac 12 game. I love how Washington plays, going up and down. Iím thinking the Huskies run the Buffs off their feet.

Stanford at Oregon: Ducks lost to Cal; canít lose two straight at home.

Akron at Ohio: Love this MAC rivalry. Will be heated and close.

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