Road Teams Out To Avoid Upsets On Wednesday
By: Adam Markowitz
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Over the course of the last few weeks, we have seen a number of ranked teams go on the road and lay absolute eggs. Just since Saturday, we have watched the North Carolina Tar Heels, Michigan State Spartans, UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, Michigan Wolverines, Kansas State Wildcats, Indiana Hoosiers and Baylor Bears get beaten on the road, and some of the losses have been ugly.
Others, like the Duke Blue Devils and Kentucky Wildcats had to survive brutal challenges and failed to cover spreads as guests as well.
Wednesday night finds a slew of Top 25 teams wearing road uniforms once again, and if recent history repeats itself, we're in for more upsets.
We’ll start with some mid-major hoops. The Creighton Bluejays are 16-2 SU and 10-4 ATS this year, and one of two or three teams that will almost certainly make the NCAA Tournament out of the Missouri Valley Conference. They have to hit the road on Wednesday to take on the Missouri State Bears, a team that had covered five out of six before losing in OT to the Evansville Purple Aces on Saturday. This one tips at 8:05 p.m. (ET) and JQH Arena.
The Murray State Racers are one of the two undefeated teams left in the country, and they will have their work cut out for them to keep that intact on Wednesday night. They’ll travel to take on the Morehead State Eagles at 7:00 p.m. (ET) in a game that will be shown on ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court. Keep in mind that the Eagles, despite their 9-10 record this year, did win the OVC last season, so this could be a tough challenge.
Other Top 25 teams on the road Wednesday include the Indiana Hoosiers at the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 7:00, the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Ole Miss Rebels at 9:00, and the San Diego State Aztecs at the New Mexico Lobos to finish up the night at 10:00.
There are two nationally televised clashes on the collegiate hardwood on Wednesday as well.
In Storrs, the Connecticut Huskies are going to try to take down the Cincinnati Bearcats. The defending national champs have won back-to-back games in conference over the West Virginia Mountaineers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and this would be another big time scalp to add to the list. UConn is 4-1 ATS on the road this year though, and already has road upsets over the Georgetown Hoyas and the Pitt Panthers.
ESPN2 and ESPN3.com have coverage of this one starting at 7:00 (ET) on Wednesday night.
In the second half of the ESPN2 doubleheader, the Texas Longhorns and Kansas State Wildcats duke it out in a Big XII clash set for Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. Texas is going to have to avoid looking ahead to the big showdown with the Kansas Jayhawks in Austin on Saturday. K-State has dropped three out of four, including getting beaten by the Oklahoma Sooners in a brutal game over the weekend.
Tip time is set for 9:00 (ET) on Wednesday.
ESPNU also has a doubleheader at 7:00 and 9:00. In the first half of the twinbill, the Seton Hall Pirates will face the struggling Villanova Wildcats, while the Iowa State Cyclones try to break their two-game losing skid against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second game.