I’ve always said that college hoops is the sport with the most exciting ending and the most under-the-radar beginning. Yet, somehow as we evaluate which teams get to participate in said exciting ending (along with where teams are seeded), we always look back to games in November and December. They count just the same. Here are some of this week’s “big games” that are taking place Monday through Wednesday.
Game: Xavier at Vanderbilt
Date/Time: Monday, 7pm
Betting Line: Vanderbilt by 3.5, O/U 146.5
One of my potential bandwagon teams has come upon its arguably toughest non-con road challenge (they play at Memphis on February 4). Xavier is ranked as an Elite Eight contender. Can they prove they’re a National Title Contender.
Vandy is missing center Festus Ezeli and has been struggling (at least according to head coach Kevin Stallings) without him. Part of me is happy that Vandy isn’t at full strength – perhaps the part of me that wants to jump in on Xavier. But a bigger part wishes they were to give the Muskies a true, hardcore road test.
FnB Prediction: Vandy by 5 and take the UNDER.