TDS Game of the Week:
The race for the ACC regular season crown is tight with four teams within two points at the top of the pile. Wake Forest, currently sitting in first place, plays host to Notre Dame, currently sitting in second place, this weekend.
The Demon Deacons are the only undefeated team in conference play in the ACC and finish the regular season with home games against the Irish and Syracuse. The youthful Deacs have compiled a number of draws along the way to stop at the top of the ACC standings.
Notre Dame is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 loss to Virginia – the first loss of the season for Bobby Clark’s side. The Irish finish the season with Wake Forest, an out-of-conference tilt against Michigan State, and a home game against Pittsburgh.
A win for either side would be huge for ACC standings, but this has the feeling of a tightly contested draw especially if Notre Dame’s Nick Besler is out again.
Prediction: Wake Forest 1-1 Notre Dame
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The battle for the Pac-12 is heating up after UCLA’s win over Washington last week. The Bruins travel up to the Bay Area this weekend for games against Stanford and California – a crucial six-point swing is on the line.
The last time these teams met, UCLA controlled the game but Cal ended up with the 3-2 win in overtime. It could be a similar game plan on Sunday with the Bruins dictating the game and Cal picking the right spots to get forward.
Prediction: Cal 1-1 UCLA
Five games to watch:
No. 23 Northwestern vs. No. 19 Wisconsin: The battle for the Big Ten regular season crown is over, but there are still plenty of games worth keeping an eye on in the final weeks. Both Northwestern and Wisconsin are jockeying for playoff positions prior to the conference tournament. The Wildcats are typically strong at home – especially at the end of the season.
Prediction: Northwestern 1-0 Wisconsin
UNC Wilmington vs. No. 22 William & Mary: Wilmington has been on a tear lately including a win over North Carolina. The Seahawks do need a couple of more wins in conference play though to have a shot at a high seed heading into the conference tournament.
Prediction: UNCW 1-1 William & Mary
Prediction: Virginia 2-1 North Carolina
Indiana vs. No. 20 Michigan State: The Hoosiers pre-game notes mention that it is still possible for Indiana to finish as high as third in the Big Ten this season. Given how disappointing this year has been, that is downright remarkable. The first step to getting that place in the conference is a win on Friday, which will not be east with the Spartans in town.
Prediction: Michigan State 2-1 Indiana
Old Dominion vs. New Mexico: Old Dominion holds onto the top spot in Conference USA, but there are a few teams that are closing in on the Monarchs. The Lobos have weathered the difficult travel of the conference in their first season, and could finish with a high mark depending on this week’s action.
Prediction: New Mexico 1-0 Old Dominion