By George, a 7-foot-7 dunking

January 15, 2008 4:20 AM
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LAST WK SEASON PCT
5-6 34-31 5307

EDITORS NOTE: The point spreads are approximate and based upon Parry’s power rankings. Wins and losses will be determined by the actual closing line.

What’s worse, a 7-foot-7, 345-pound center getting dunked on or a college team scoring 20 points?

It’s a tie. Kenny George was a nobody from UNC-Asheville. Now he’s posterized in ESPN SportsCenter history after UNC’s 6-9 Tyler Hansbrough burned him with a two-hander gorilla dunk.

Then there’s Saint Louis University managing just 20 points in the lowest scoring effort since the shot clock was employed over 20 years ago. The good news: The Billikens held George Washington to 49.

Enough frivolity. Game on!

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Cincinnati +7 at Notre Dame: The Irish have won 10 in a row and are unbeaten (10-0) at home. Cincy, though just 7-8, has covered five of its last six games. CINCY.

Kentucky +10 at Miss St: The Wildcats continue to stumble, dropping six of their last eight. Miss State has a five-game win streak and has covered three in a row. MISS ST.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Florida +5 at Ole Miss: Considering the heavy graduation loss, the Gators are doing well at 14-2. Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker at Tennessee, but has covered seven straight. FLORIDA.

Air Force -4 at Wyoming: Air Force is just 3-5 ATS, while Wyoming is worse at 2-7. This game won’t be pretty, but we’ll give the slight edge to military discipline. AIR FORCE.

UNC -22 at Ga Tech: Clemson gave North Carolina a real scare at Littlejohn. Tech gave Kansas a battle at home and is capable to covering 15 if the line is there. GT.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Marquette -4 at Louisville: Rick Pitino’s Cardinals knocked off West Virginia at home and should give 12-2 Marquette all it wants. LOUISVILLE.

R.Island -12 at Saint Louis: Maybe the Billikens can score 30 here. If so, they will only lose by 40! The visiting Rams are among the A-10 elite. RHODE ISLAND.

Friday, Jan. 18

Fairfield -3 at Iona: The Stags play better on the road where they are 5-2 ATS. IoNa, not be confused with IoWa, is 5-11 and failed to cover its last four. FAIRFIELD.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Villanova -1 at Syracuse: Nova is 11-2, but has failed to cover its last 4. Syracuse is just 4-6 ATS at home, but is riding a six-game win streak. The points look good. NOVA.

Clemson +6 at Duke: The Tigers were burned at the buzzer by UNC, then were stunned at home by UNC-Charlotte. Duke is Duke, but the Tigers may respond on the road. CLEMSON.

Arizona -1 at California: Cal blasted USC at home then were clocked by UCLA. Arizona has been up and down, but the win over Houston was fine. ARIZONA

Kansas +13 at Missouri: The strong homecourt of Missouri (9-1) should keep this game within reach against the powerful Jayhawks. MISSOURI.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Michigan St +2 at Minnesota: A quick rematch after the Spartans held on for a 65-59 victory in East Lansing as an 11-point favorite. State at 14-2 has dropped its last four spreads. MINN.