Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday's Pregame Beat

7:00 pm: Marquette @ West Virginia: If Marquette is going to knock off West Virginia, it is going to be because of Lazar Hayward and Jimmy Butler. There is no way the Golden Eagles are going to be able to beat West Virginia on the glass, but if they can utilize the mismatch that Hayward and Butler provide on the perimeter and limit the number of second chance opportunities that WVU gets, they have a chance to compete.

7:00 pm: Long Beach State @ Duke: The 49ers are just 6-6 and the season, but they are a scrappy bunch, led by TJ Robinson and Casper Ware, that gave Kentucky problems last week.

8:00 pm: Pacific @ Oklahoma State: The Tigers are a scrappy group that likes to control the pace and beats teams defensively. Oklahoma State is much more run and gun, relying heavily on the three ball and mismatches created by Obi Muonelo and Marshall Moses. If Pacific can dictate tempo and slow down James Anderson, they may be primed for an upset. They have already beaten San Diego State and Nevada this season.

8:00 pm: Cleveland State @ Kansas State: The Vikings are not quite the same team they were last season, but led by Norris Cole, they cam every close to knocking off West Virginia. Can they do the same against a K-State team with much better guard play?

8:05 pm: MVC play starts: The Missouri Valley looks like it is back to being a multi-bid conference, as Northern Iowa, Wichita State, and Missouri State all have a shot at being an at-large team. All ten teams will be in action tonight, but the two best games are Northern Iowa heading to Creighton and Wichita State traveling to take on Illinois State.

9:00 pm: Texas Tech @ New Mexico: This game held a lot more gusto two weeks ago when both teams were still undefeated, but as the Red Raiders and the Lobos both lost in the last week, it is still a match-up of tournament teams. Texas Tech has an underrated inside-outside combo with John Roberson and Mike Singletary, but Darington Hobson is one of the best players you've never seen play.

9:00 pm: Syracuse @ Seton Hall: Seton Hall has a number of players that can fill it up from the perimeter and the size to match-up with the Orange. My biggest concern is that the Pirates won't be disciplined enough to keep from turning the ball over against the Orange. If Syracuse is going to win, they need to prevent penetratin from guys like Jordan Theodore, Eugene Harvey, and Keon Lawrence, forcing Seton Hall to take contested jumpers from the perimeter.

Other notable games:

  • 4:00 pm: Cornell @ La Salle
  • 6:00 pm: Gardner Webb @ Texas
  • 7:00 pm: Hartford @ Kentucky
  • 7:00 pm: Winthrop @ NC State
  • 7:00 pm: Boston U @ Dayton
  • 7:00 pm: Rhode Island @ Drexel
  • 7:00 pm: LSU @ Xavier
  • 7:00 pm: St. Joe's @ Siena
  • 7:05 pm: Purdue @ Iowa
  • 7:30 pm: South Carolina State @ Clemson
  • 7:30 pm: Mercer @ Charlotte
  • 7:30 pm: East Carolina @ VCU
  • 9:00 pm: Penn State @ Minnesota
  • 9:30 pm: Air Force @ UTEP
  • 10:30 pm: UC Santa Barbara @ Cal
  • 10:35 pm: Binghamton @ St. Mary's

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