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WEEK TIPS OFF AS CALENDAR TURNS TO MARCH
February 28, 2010

SCS.comIím sorry, but Iím glad the Olympics are over. The post-Super Bowl weeks in February are reserved for college basketball, and the Vancouver Games have stolen the spotlight from the greatest sport ever invented.

I donít like hockey, I donít like speed-skating, I really donít like curling (unless itís the shockingly attractive Russian womenís team), I donít care about Lindsay Vonn and I donít like Canada. There is nothing good about the winter Olympics.

So let us celebrate the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Olympics as we curse Sidney Crosby for ruining American nationalism.

OPENING THOUGHTS

I Was Wrong

Itís time to come clean.

I was dead wrong about Virginia. Last month, I wrote five whole paragraphs about Virginiaís 3-0 ACC record, congratulating myself for such a genius pre-season sleeper choice.

If I had waited a few weeks before throwing a celebration for myself, I would have saved myself quite the embarrassment. The Cavaliers have lost seven straight games-- the latest a 67-49 home loss to Duke yesterdayóand sit at 5-9 in the league. Star sophomore Sylven Landesberg didnít play against the Blue Devils, which is the latest blow for a team that suddenly canít defend and has almost no reliable scoring options outside of Landesberg and forward Mike Scott.

Virginia has already won more games in the ACC than last season, so itís not as if Tony Bennettís first season has been a disaster. Still, after acting like Godís gift to college basketball prognosticating in an earlier column about the Cavaliers, I feel I should own up to my mistake. So thereóI was wrong about Virginia. Happy now?

WEEKLY PREVIEW

GAME OF THE WEEK

Kansas State at Kansas
Wednesday 8 p.m.

Kansas State fell in overtime to Kansas in the first meeting of this series at Bramlage Coliseum but now must head east to Lawrence, where the Jayhawks havenít lost since 2007. Oklahoma State whipped the Jayhawks on Saturday, so at some point this week youíll probably hear that Bill Selfís players will be ďangryĒ and ďout for blood.Ē I donít always buy into that. Kansas Stateís a fiery opponent that wonít back down at Allen Fieldhouse. However, Kansas State can look very ugly offensively at times and shot 19 percent in the first half against Missouri this weekend. If that happens again, the Jayhawks will run away with this one.

Prediction: Kansas 73, Kansas State 62

GAMES TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Georgetown at West Virginia
Monday 6 p.m.

DaíSean Butler hadnít been held to single-digit point totals during Big East playóuntil the last two contests. He made just five of 22 shots from the floor against Connecticut and Georgetown.

Prediction: West Virginia 75, Georgetown 66

Vanderbilt at Florida
Tuesday 6 p.m.

Florida has done enough to avoid missing a third straight NCAA Tournament, but the Gators arenít totally safe just yet. A win on Tuesday might cement a bid, while a loss would leave UF needing a win in Lexington on Saturday to feel comfortable.

Prediction: Florida 72, Vanderbilt 63

Georgia Tech at Clemson
Tuesday 8 p.m.

Clemson hasnít traditionally played well on the road under coach Oliver Purnell, but the Tigers earned a huge victory yesterday at Florida State.

Prediction: Clemson 77, Georgia Tech 69

Louisville at Marquette
Tuesday 8 p.m.

Buzz Williamsí team has now won three straight overtime games after needing an extra period to knock off Seton Hall yesterday. Rick Pitino wonít care if the game is close tomorrow. With Syracuse looming this weekend, his team just needs a win.

Prediction: Louisville 66, Marquette 60

Temple at Saint Louis
Wednesday 8 p.m.

Upstart Saint Louis has turned Chaifetz Arena into a pit. The Billikens have won 15 of 17 games there this season and their one loss, to Xavier last week, came by two points.

Prediction: Saint Louis 72, Temple 62

Duke at Maryland
Wednesday 8 p.m.

Itís Greivis Vazquezís senior day. For old timeís sake, will he proclaim that the Comcast Center is ďhis house,Ē which is how he referred to Cameron Indoor Stadium last year? This time, heíd actually be correct.

Prediction: Maryland 69, Duke 67

Last weekís prediction record: 5-2
Overall prediction record: 137-76

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