By Michael Rand
More pearls of college basketball wisdom from men’s basketball beat writer Jeff Shelman, who notes in rather self-congratulatory fashion that the three games he steered you towards last night were decided by a total of five points:
One to watch: Illinois vs. Missouri (8 p.m., ESPN, in St. Louis) — It’s called the Braggin’ Rights Game. Half the place will be orange and blue, the other half will be black and gold. And the Kiel Center/Savvis Center/Scottrade Center is the only arena this writer has ever been where fans can get a shot of Jagermeister in the councourse. By the way, the Illini have won six in a row in this series.
Two to track: Loyola (Ill.) at Bradley: Loyola was the preseason pick to win the Horizon League. Bradley has been better than expected after Blaine native Patrick O’Bryant left for the NBA; Montana at Oral Roberts: Here are two teams that could very well get into the NCAA tournament. Oral Roberts has a key victory at Kansas but is only 4-5 for the season.