Today's Marquee Match Up features one of the other Canadian Tandems that been storming. Find out who else is playing today right here ...
Marquee Match Up(s)
6:30pm Texas Southern @ Iowa State
If you haven’t already seen the one of other Canadian duos (and by now you should have) then Melvin Ejim and Jamie Vanderbeken should be given your attention today. Like Thompson and Joseph at Texas, Ejim and Vanderbeken are proving to be a very good inside/outside compo for their respective team and we are high on them. Ejim has been nothing short of great so far posting double digit scoring every game but two and he hung 15 points and 7 rebounds on in state rival Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City two days ago. Vanderbeken, a fifth year player, has been one of the senior leaders as well as one of the most improved. He’s currently averaging career bests in all categories while shooting 40% from the three making him a tough guard for most true centers. These two Canucks may not have had the pub that the Texas Tandem did but they are steadily making Iowa State a respectable team after their 8-2 start. They, along with the Cyclones, will take that record into the contest today and it should be a three game winning streak by game’s end. I hope I don't eat my words.
And here is where everyone else plays today …
12:00pm Norfolk State @ Maine
2:00pm Lynchburg @ Elon – Coming off a season high in both points (21) and rebounds (10) for his first double-double this year, Roger Dugas should have more of the same for Lynchburg. He’s been a pleasant surprise thus far, at least for us, and I would expect that he should come out big against a non D1 opponent this afternoon.
2:00pm Western Carolina @ Ohio State
3:05pm Boise State @ Drake
5:00pm Southern Miss @ Cal
8:00pm UC Riverside @ Stanford – Stanford has been on a really long layoff after their last game. 14 days to be exact. How will this much time off affect them? Is that too much time off after getting your last win? However way you look at it, this effectively can be another start to the season for the Cardinal. If we look at it in that sense, let’s all watch and see what freshmen Dwight Powell and Stefan Nastic can do from here on. Powell is the second leading scorer for the team at 10 points and third leading rebounder (4.2) and assist man (1.5). His last time out he had his first collegiate double-double. Nastic on the other hand is only averaging 3 points and 3.6 rebounds but he’s doing in an efficient 11 minutes per game, even if the majority of it is during late game blowouts. I think by this point their roles for the rest of the year would be clearly defined but with the gap between games, could things change and do their roles need to be redifined?
9:00pm Arkansas – Pine Bluff @ UTEP