But Wait, There’s More…

First, the entire Bracketbusters Menu. Then, we have conference games.

Keep in mind with all the crinkle-faces that the CAA has five Bracketbusters teevee games. Exact times and the specific network is on the way when ESPN chooses this Monday.

As a friend pointed out this morning: can you imagine the statement behind going 5-0?

FRI 2/20

VCU at Nevada (TV)

SAT 2/21

Nor’easter at Wright State (TV)

George Mason at Creighton (TV)

Hofstra at Fairfield (TV)

Liberty at Old Dominion (TV)

Delaware at Bucknell

Loyola (MD) at Drexel

Ga State at Eastern Michigan

Gardner Webb at James Madison

Elon at UNCW

Morgan State at Towson

Manhattan at William & Mary

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Settle into your easy chair tonight to follow two games. I’ll let you decide which one to watch and which one to tape and watch later:

Towson at Old Dominion: MASN, 7:00 tip. We’ll start by saying Calvin Lee will outscore Gerald Lee. That’s right, I said it. Calvin is going to be very good in this here conference, you can see it. He’s had three games to get into shape after sitting down to hit the books. This is Calvin’s breakout game. Plus, Junior Hairston can always play on my team.

But a freshman point guard against Blaine Taylor’s 452 versions of zone, plus an alternating attacking or sagging man-to-man? I giggle at the thought.

ODU is a reasonably decent shooting team and they take care of the basketball. The Monarchs are second in assist-to-turnover ratio and second in floor percentage (the percentage of offensive possessions that end with at least one point being scored). Towson plays into that by being a middling, at best, defensive team.

Towson keeps it close through a half and may even lead at some point during the second half. But round about the eight-minute mark Trian Illiadis hits a three, Marsharee Neely dunks off a fast break, and then Neely hits a three after Towson’s Josh Thornton tries a three from the bar in the Big Blue Room. Game over.

John Morris 70, Brian Morris 61.

Hofstra at George Mason: 7:00 tip, ESPNU. I am oh-so-tempted to take The Pride here. Reference point: home teams are only 35-31 this season. That’s eye-popping to me. Plus, Hofstra is exactly the kind of team that Mason does not want to see right now–big, bruising, and aggressive. It’s exactly what Ryan Pearson does not need.

This is going to be about flow–Mason trying to get into it, and Hofstra trying to disrupt it. Keep an eye on the early Mason efficiency, as it will be a telling sign. What does that mean? Easy–lots of passes, inside and out, and open shots. Then, making the shots. Also, transition offense. Mason should want to speed up the game.

Hofstra is going to need Good Corny, and Chuckie Jenkins to approach 50% shooting. Plus, they need to hang close. If Mason gets into a groove and gets up 8, 9, or 10 points in the first half it will be time to warm up the bus and head to The Island.

Mason has won 12 in a row at home but I cannot shake the feeling that this is where the streak ends. This game is why you enjoy college hoops and concentrate on fun predicting their outcomes.

Islanders 58, Capitals 56.

EDIT: Beach is hysterical.

EDIT, EDIT: Kish weighs in.

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~ by mglitos on February 3, 2009.

One Response to “But Wait, There’s More…”

  1. Great call on the Hofstra – Mason game.

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