My predictions for tonight's slate of entertaining tilts.
Purdue vs. UConn
I like Purdue, a lot. They are going to give UConn a tough game. UConn will really feel the Dyson injury tonight, but Thabeet puts them over the edge, 67-65.
Xavier vs. Pitt
Pitt will sleepwalk once again, but Xavier doesn't have the horses to close it out. Look for Levance Fields to shoot 3-16 with all 3 makes coming in the last two minutes. 73-68.
Missouri vs. Memphis
Memphis will SHUT DOWN Missouri on the offensive side. This game will be ugly as heck, and Memphis will win on the strength of their defense, 68-59.
Villanova vs. Duke
The jewel of the night. High scoring, perimeter oriented game. Does Paulus even take off the warm-up? I'm tempted to predict a Duke win because Singler could be a nightmare match-up, but I have to go with the Big East brethren in a 85-81 shootout.