So we are officically in the final month of the calender year which means nothing really for us college basketball fans but to ring in the new month, we have lots of games for you and one in particular that features a rare Canadian player that could be playing in an now unlocked out NBA next season ...
Marquee Match Up
7:00pm Arkansas State @ St. Bonaventure
Andrew Nicholson’s first big challenge was against Virginia Tech last Sunday and he didn’t have the best game he could have. He came away shooting 4-of-14 for 9 points and he only took two free throws making one. That is likely due to a defense meant to stop him and it really showed what kind of attention he demands each game. On the upside he did grab 7 rebounds in his 36 minutes but he’ll need to do more than that for his team to beat teams like that. Arkansas State will not be as good a team as the Hokies but they will look to do something similar to minimize Nicholson’s effectiveness. The other good thing to keep in mind is that Matthew Wright is playing well having had 8 points, 3 boards and 4 dimes in the loss. Look for both to bust out tonight.
And here is where the men are playing tonight …
7:00pm South Dakota State @ IUPUI
7:00pm Eastern Michigan @ Colgate
7:00pm Youngstown State @ Detroit – I have a feeling this could be a big game for Detroit’s Jason Calliste. He’s been solid all year and with the continued absence of Eli Holman, he’s going to be needed to contribute.
7:00pm Lehigh @ Fordham
7:00pm Harvard @ Vermont
7:00pm Wagner @ Long Island – Wagner’s Tyler Murray is playing solid this year. He’s scored in double figures in all his games so far and thanks to the emergence of Latif Rivers among others, he getting better looks. He’s shooting incredibly well from the three this season, .640 to be exact, so expect some of those tonight.
7:00pm South Dakota @ Oakland
7:00pm Davidson @ Wofford
7:00pm Cleveland State @ Wright State
7:30pm St. John’s @ Kentucky – This St. John’s team is not going to be able to handle the depth of Kentucky, particularly when they’re playing in the road. All that means is that there should be a blowout on hand and in blowouts we see a lot of Kyle Wiltjer.
8:00pm Texas Tech @ Texas A&M-CC – Ty Nurse has sandwiched a 19-point game against a tough DePaul team between two games where he combined for 1 point on 0-of-5 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the line. This should be a game that he uses to get himself back on track.
8:00pm George Washington @ Kansas State
8:00pm Western Carolina @ Samford – Harouna Mutombo has played great so far this season leading Western Carolina like he did in his freshman year. Keaton Cole has been inserted into the starting lineup all season and is looking very good also. This game is worth a watch.
9:05pm Westminister UT @ Northern Colorado – I don’t know who Emmanuel Addo is but he’s playing great for Northern Colorado. He’s averaging 8.5 points, 5 rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes off the bench. He could be a kid that sneaks up with a great season so keep an eye on him.
10:10pm Stanford @ Seattle
And here is where the ladies are playing today …
12:00pm Vermont @ Northeastern – the reigning America East Conference Player of the Week, Lauren Buschmann is worth the look. There should be six Canadian women in this game between the two teams with Deanna Kerkhof and Genevieve Gaboriault for Northeastern looking to help their team overcome the Catamounts.
6:30pm Minnesota @ Wake Forest
7:00pm Detroit @ Ball State – Yar Shayok (wo)man’s the middle for Detroit and with the emergence of two freshmen players, she’ll be needed to anchor the middle on defense more so now. She’s currently sitting 6th all time on the school’s rebounding list so expect the glass to be clean tonight.
7:00pm Massachusetts @ George Mason – Carolann Cloutier is averaging 12.5 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a steal in 37.5 minutes in the last two games as a starter.
8:00pm Arizona @ BYU
9:00pm Weber State @ Utah – Utah’s Michelle Plouffe was named to the All Tournament team at the UTSA Thanksgiving Classis and will be looking to help ride that performance against Weber State. Teammate and country(wo)man Taryn Wicijowski is back to her old form. Look for both these two to help power the Utes past Weber State.