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Sully's Court: Big weekend for big games, starting with UMass-VCU

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  February 21, 2014 11:48 AM

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Games I’d like to see this weekend (there’s way too many good ones)

Friday (Strangely, there’s some good games)

Mercer at Florida Gulf Coast: The two best teams in the Atlantic Sun, one of them likely to be in tournament. Have to see if Gulf Coast is still as entertaining as last season. Somehow I doubt it.

VCU at UMass: Great matchup of pressing, uptempo teams. Chaz Williams will win this game for the Minutemen. VCU lacks offense. If the havoc press doesn’t work, they’re going to struggle.

Iona at Rider: I haven’t checked in on the high-flying Gaels in a while; they should win easy here and probably crack 100.

Saturday

Louisville at Cincinnati: This could be the end of Rick Pitino’s “beard.’’ Maybe not (he says he won’t shave until his team loses again) Despite the home court I feel Louisville will assert itself in what should be a physical game (isn’t it always when Cincy’s involved).

Wisconsin at Iowa: Third place in the Big 10 is a stake but more than that, these are two teams that will most likely play a close game. Iowa still isn’t dominant at home so the Badgers have a chance.

BC at Miami: Can the good feelings continue? For Steve Donahue’s sake, I hope so.

Florida at Mississippi: The No.1 ranking is at stake for the Gators but this won’t be easy. I imagine that Ole Miss’ Marshall Henderson, the unhinged one, will launch about 20 three-pointers. Whether they go in or not will decide game.

St. John’s at Villanova: The Redmen have really improved but this will be their reality check.

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State: Marcus Smart returns and the Cowboys end their losing streak.

Notre Dame at Virginia: Sully’s Court favorite, the Cavaliers, will win easily at home. I just like to watch their unselfish play.

Kansas State at Oklahoma: The usual tough Big 12 matchup, minimum of one OT.

LaSalle at Richmond: The Spiders will try to get back on the bubble against a challenging opponent.

LSU at Kentucky: LSU is inconsistent; needs a great road victory. The Lexington, Ky. AAU Playaz might be rounding into a team. If they are, they’ll win this easily.

UCLA at Stanford: I find the Bruins really entertaining; close to Virginia as a Sully’s Court favorite. A victory here would complete a Bay Area double.

Minnesota at Ohio State: The Gophers are sinking toward the NIT; a road victory here would revive bubble talk. It’s not impossible.

UTEP at Southern Mississippi: Two of the top teams in Conference USA. Slumping Southern Miss needs this to get stay in the race for first place. Plus the Eagles are home.

Ohio at Akron: A good, old-fashioned MAC matchup. Both are quality teams.

Syracuse at Duke: The Orange inexplicably lost to BC but then again they’ve been asking to be upset. Duke lost at Carolina Thursday night. I can’t imagine the Dookies losing this one in Cameron.

Texas at Kansas: If the Jayhawks win this home game, they’ll have a three-game lead in the Big 12. Impressive especially considering how young they are. Texas has overachieved all season; love their overlooked freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor. He’s a handful off the dribble; if he could only shoot.

Drake at Wichita State: Countdown to perfection. If Ole Miss could upset Florida, the Shockers might be No. 1 next week.

George Washington at Saint Louis: A high-level A10 game but Billkens will be tough to beat at home.

San Diego State at New Mexico: Here’s an upset that’s bound to happen. Lobos will win in the Pit.

Sunday

Bucknell at BU: The Terriers close in on Patriot League title

Michigan State at Michigan: Big 10 title up for grabs.

SMU at UConn: The Mustangs are good but they’ve yet to prove themselves outside of Dallas. I don’t expect them to start now.

Providence at Butler: A road win the Friars must have.

Florida State at Pitt: Pitt’s at home, they’ll win.

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