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The NC-Double-Eh Schedule - Feb. 16

Today we have a pair of games that feature Bonnies and Longhorns for you to watch on what we'll now dub Wil' Out Wednesday.  Find out who else is in action tonight right here ...


Marquee Matchup(s)

7:00pm Saint Louis @ St. Bonaventure

Andrew Nicholson has been playing great through February after a tough January.  In the last four games, he’s averaging 24.8 points on 56% shooting from the floor, 9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 36 minutes.  Saint Louis should pose some sort of challenge but I would think very much right now.  As good a coach Rich Majerus is and without a legit inside player to match Nicholson, this should be a game that the Bonnies win.  All season, Nicholson has definitely making a case for himself as legit First Team All A-10 pick and tonight should be another example of the player he is. 


9:00pm Oklahoma State @ Texas

From this point until the start of the NCAA Tournament, we should just take every chance we get to see Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.  They have been playing well as rookies but as rookies do, they have been a little inconsistent from time to time.  Seeing as how they have been playing major minutes for the entire season, they have been able to perform as needed and have fine tuned the rookie issues for the most part.  This Oklahoma State team is not going to let Texas get the easy win and despite their conference record, they are a good team.  Thompson is the reigning Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week (as well as the NC-Double-Eh’s) and he had a good game when the Longhorns played them last so look for a big game for him. 


And here is where everyone else is playing tonight …

7:00pm Binghamton @ Hartford

7:00pm Canisius @ Niagara

7:00pm Bucknell @ Lafayette – Here we have a great game from the Patriot League.  Lafayette’s Jared Mintz will be looking to lead his team over Bucknell.  Mintz has been the senior leader for the Leopards and will look to use his inside/outside game to win it.  Bucknell’s Bryson Johnson will try to light up Lafayette from the outside with his shooting.  This will be a tossup as to who will win this game.

7:00pm Georgia Southern @ Davidson

7:00pm Youngstown State @ Detroit

7:00pm Morehead State @ Eastern Kentucky

7:00pm Iona @ Manhattan

7:00pm Cleveland State @ Wright State

7:30pm Vermont @ Maine

8:00pm Iowa State @ Texas A&M – Both Melvin Ejim and Jamie Vanderbeken have been slumping over the last few games just like the rest of the undermanned Cyclones.  The team is riding a seven game losing streak and both players have had more lackluster games than not in that span.  With the current lineup, the Cyclones are a very good mid major team but unfortunately they play in the Big 12.  Now, with a post season spot in the NCAAs more unlikely, it will be up to the duo to finish strong and it would good to start that with Texas A&M. 

8:00pm Florida A&M @ Arkansas

8:00pm Louisiana Tech @ North Dakota – We never get enough Olu Ashaolu and you shouldn’t either.  He was held in check by New Mexico State in the last two games so expect him to bust out on North Dakota tonight, even if the Fighting Sioux have a slightly better overall record than the Bulldogs.

8:00pm McNeese State @ Texas-San AntonioDiego Kapelan may not have been getting the point totals he was from the beginning of the season but he is still filling it up.  He’s only failed to hit for double digits twice in 2011 and is averaging 14.2 points in that ten game span. 

8:05pm Illinois State @ Creighton

10:00pm UC Irvine @ Pacific

10:00pm Fresno State @ Cal-BakersfieldAlex Johnson has not been scoring at the rate he was earlier in the season and that may be because teams have adjusted to defend him better.  He’s still a deadly outside shooter regardless.  Fresno State held Johnson to 12 points (on 3-of-9 from the field) in the last game the Road Runners played so let see if he can make the adjustment this time.