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The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Feb. 12

Today, on another super Saturday, we have multiple games for your to watch and enjoy for every part of your day.  Find out who is suiting up today right here ...


Marquee Matchup(s)

12:00pm Syracuse @ Louisville

Kris Joseph and Syracuse lost a pretty tough game this week to Georgetown and have no let up since they’re now set to take on Louisville.  Joseph has been scoring at a pretty good clip of late and until the loss to the Hoyas, he’s also kept his turnovers fairly low while getting glass plus getting assists and steals.  Now he will be facing a Cardinals team that will likely throw multiple defenders at him throughout the game and will need to find ways to score in spite of that.  The key here will be how he handles that Louisville D.  Joseph not scoring all that much wouldn’t be the end of the world but since he’s the most dynamic offensive threat on this team, he’ll need to get his team involved to get the win.  With the Orange working with a short bench, he’ll need to keep out of foul trouble since the opponents have eight players averaging about 15 minutes a game.  Joseph has been averaging 16 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2 steals in the six games since his return from the head injury and the Orange will need every little bit of it to get this win.


4:00pm Baylor @ Texas

This will be a gem of a game to watch.  Texas currently leads the Big 12 with a perfect 9-0 mark in conference play but that will be challenged by Baylor.  The Longhorn duo of Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph have shown all season why they were regarded as a top recruiting class by themselves and today they will have some personal challenges.  Thompson will at some point go up against Baylor’s star freshman Perry Jones III and this will be a great head to head match up.  Jones is a very good offensive player while Thompson is a great defensive player.  Both are in the upper tier of players in the conference and this should be a titanic battle on both ends.  In the backcourt, Cory Joseph will likely see time against the very offensive minded LaceDarius Dunn.  Joseph is a very good defensive player as well and this will be one of his biggest personal challenges this season while trying to operate the Longhorns’ offense.  Both Canadians will have their work cut out for them in this game and they will need to step up here again.


7:00pm Mount St. Mary’s @ Wagner

Tyler Murray leads the Wagner Seahawks into the back end of a home and home series with Mount St. Mary’s.  Murray has been on a "slump" the last two games only averaging 12.5 points, 4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 steals in 36 minutes.  Not exactly the numbers that he’s spoiled us with all season but still good numbers nonetheless.  Murray will need to come up huge in this game since the Seahawks had lost their last game on the road in a big way and with both teams tied in the conference standings, this is a game that they both need for some separation.  Murray has come up huge in games this season already with nine 20+ point games to his credit already.  His tenth one tonight in a win would be a great way to get back at the Mountaineers for blowing them out three days ago.


And here is where everyone else is playing today …

11:00pm Maine @ Stony Brook

TBA Princeton @ Cornell

12:00pm Saint Louis @ Richmond

12:00pm Northeastern @ Georgia State

12:00pm IPFW @ Oakland

12:00pm Long Island @ St. Francis (NY)

1:05pm Drake @ Indiana State

1:30pm LSU @ Arkansas

2:00pm Youngstown State @ Cleveland State

2:00pm Samford @ Western Carolina

3:30pm Bucknell @ Holy Cross

3:30pm Belmont @ Campbell

4:00pm La Salle @ St. BonaventureAndrew Nicholson is looking to help St. Bonaventure get a win against La Salle and hopefully move to three games over .500 for the first time in this late in the season in, well, a really, really long time.  They are coming off a big win against Duquesne and should still be high off that victory.  The Explorers are not the strongest team in the Atlantic 10 and Nicholson may be poised for a big game today, but don’t expect them to make it easy.  Also of note, freshman Matthew Wright dropped 15 points off the bench in the Duquesne win. 

4:00pm Iowa State @ Kansas

4:00pm New Mexico State @ Louisiana Tech – Olu Ashaolu was limited to only 10 pts and 7 rebs in the Louisiana Tech loss to New Mexico State five days ago and you can bet that the big loss is still relatively fresh in his mind.  On the other hand, both Tyrone Watson and Hernst Laroche had great games for the Aggies in that win over the Bulldogs.  With both team’s having been each others’ last opponent, look for this to be real scrap to the finish. 

4:00pm William & Mary @ Drexel

4:30pm Central Arkansas @ McNeese State – The last time these two teams met, Central Arkansas’ Imad Qahwash out produced McNeese State’s Diego Kapelan and this game is the revenge one.  Since they are both sitting on opposite ends of the conference, this game almost seems a little inconsequential to the Bears so they may be playing the spoiler right now.  McNeese needs this win and Kapelan will be looked upon to help provide that spark.  He’s only hit for double digits in one of the last three games and he’s due for an outburst.

4:30pm Coppin State @ South Carolina State

6:00pm Davidson @ Furman

6:00pm Cal @ Washington State

6:00pm Portland @ Loyola Marymount

7:00pm Brown @ Harvard – So with playing time not that big an issue if the game is close, it will be interesting to see how Laurent Rivard plays today.  He played 23 minutes last night and scored 14 points off the bench to help get the narrow win over Yale.  If this turns into an ugly one quick, don’t expect Rivard to play many minutes.  But if Brown puts up a fight, it will be interesting to see how he performs in extended time. 

7:00pm Penn @ Columbia

7:00pm Eastern Illinois @ Eastern Kentucky

7:00pm New Hampshire @ UMBC

7:00pm Lafayette @ Navy

7:05pm Elon @ Citadel

7:30pm Tennessee Tech @ Tennessee-Martin

8:00pm Detroit @ UAB

8:00pm Arkansas-Little Rock @Louisiana-Monroe

8:00pm Robert Morris (IL) @ SIU-Edwardsville

8:30pm Stanford @ Washington – In the last Stanford game, a good win over Washington State, Dwight Powell had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in 29 minutes.  He’s definitely got the skills to be a very good player but consistency has been an issue for him this season.  In the upset win of a then ranked Washington squad earlier this season, Powell had 11 points and 8 boards in 33 minutes. Which player will show up for the re-match today?

8:30pm UC Santa Barbara @ UC Irvine

8:30pm San Diego @ Santa Clara

8:30pm Robert Morris @ St. Francis (PA)

9:00pm Kansas State @ Colorado

9:00pm Southern University @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff

10:00pm Gonzaga @ Pepperdine – This may be the most telling of Rob Sacre’s improvement this season:  how he performs in this game.   In the last four games, he has only managed to score in double figures once and he’s coupled 10 and 12 rebound games with 4 and 3 board ones.  This seems to be the story of Sacre over last season and how he plays in this game may be a better indicator of how far he’s come along.  Pepperdine shouldn’t have a legit player to challenge Sacre in the post so he should be able to assert himself early.  Manny Arop continues to struggle with consistency and Kelly Olynyk seems relegated to garbage time, if he can stay out of foul trouble.

11:00pm Idaho @ Boise State