If you're winding down from a long Saturday like I will be, there is a pretty good game for after brunch that has a pre season Wooden and Naismith Award candidate and his two teammates looking to outpace some Greyhounds. Find out where everyone else is playing today right here ...
Marquee Match Up
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2:30pm Loyola (MD) @ St. Bonaventure
The story seems to be that if St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson gets into foul trouble, he doesn’t have his best game. And he gets into foul trouble it’s usually early in the game and that severely limits not only his effectiveness but his production and his team’s chance at winning. And make no mistake about it the Bonnies need Nicholson to win games. The surprising thing is that despite foul trouble in the last game he played against Canisius last Saturday, he had his second double-double of the season going for 10 points and 10 boards in 25 minutes of action. Let’s see what he can come with today against Loyola (MD). A note of interest for you, junior college transfer Chris Johnson had his best game as a Bonnie going for season highs in minutes (25) and points (19) going 5-of-9 from the floor including 2 threes as well as 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Another note of interest, sophomore Matthew Wright had a season high 16 points going 3-of-7 from the trey. This could be another game where both these players have great games.
And here is where everyone else is playing today …
3:00pm William & Mary @ Missouri
1:00pm Princeton @ Northeastern
2:00pm Central Michigan @ Iowa State
2:00pm IPFW @ Tennessee-Martin– Tennessee-Martin’s Dane Smith is probably one of the best rebounding guards around and is picking up his scoring of late also. He had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in 29 minutes against Bethel this past Tuesday.
3:00pm South Dakota State @ Washington– Taevaunn Prince was holding a three game streak of double digit scoring games before it was snapped this past Thursday against North Dakota. He’s seemed to get minutes in blowouts and since this could be a blowout, against the Jackrabbits that is, Prince could be in for some big minutes against a good team.
3:00pm Canisius @ South Dakota
5:30pm Virginia @ Oregon– In two games back, Devoe Joseph is averaging 15.5 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds and 1.5 steals which is coming at a good time for Oregon. They’re going to need him when they hit the conference season. Olu Ashaolu is playing well enough to start it seems.
8:00pm North Dakota @ Sacramento State
8:00pm Grambling State @ Texas Tech
And here is where the ladies are playing today …
1:00pm Kentucky @ Notre Dame– Notre Dame is welcoming Kentucky to South Bend and Natalie Achonwa will be there as the likely first player off the bench.
1:00pm Wagner @ Penn State
1:00pm IPFW @ Detroit
2:00pm Loyola (MD) @ George Washington
2:00pm Youngstown State @ Akron
2:00pm Canisius @ Kent State
2:00pm Colgate @ NJIT
3:00pm Syracuse vs. Xavier– If you haven’t seen Kayla Alexander play this season, this is a good one to start taking her in. She’s averaging 19.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2 blocks in a very efficient 26.9 minutes.
3:05pm Vermont @ Nebraska– Vermont should be a fodder for this Nebraska team but Lauren Buschmann is still going to lead the team in scoring and rebounding here. She does so already. Her Canadian teammates Lauren Wheeler and Kristine Lalonde will also factor in the win. For Nebraska, Caitlin Burke has been starting all season and should continue with this game.
4:00pm New Hampshire @ Rhode Island
5:30pm Houston @ Washington
6:30pm Howard @ Wake Forest
8:00pm Northwestern @ UNLV– Karly Roser is playing like a true vet for Northwestern. She’s almost equaled her season high in assists in the Wildcats win over Morgan State Wednesday by tallying 8 points, 7 assists, 4 steals and a block and she looks to be getting better too.
10:00pm Portland State @ Hawaii
10:30pm North Dakota State vs. Kansas State– Despite their 2-8 record, North Dakota State’s Dani DeGagne is a bright spot. She’s averaging 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 28.3 minutes through the team’s ten games so far.