College Hoops in the DMV - weekend preview

College Hoops in the DMV - weekend preview
January 28, 2012, 6:58 am
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No. 9 Georgetown (16-3, 6-2 Big East) at Pittsburgh (12-9, 1-7)
When: Saturday, 4 p.m., Petersen Events CenterThe Hoyas fourth straight contest against a Big East foe with a losing record figures to be the toughest of the bunch. The Panthers currently bring up the conference rear, but with point guard Travon Woodall back from injury and top scorer Ashton Gibbs returning to form won their first conference game this week against the Friars. Coach Jamie Dixon still has his team playing with a physical edge - embodied by undersized power forward Nasir Robinson. That approach helped the Panthers win four of the last five against the Hoyas, who lost two games to similarly assertive teams (WVU, Cincinnati) earlier this month before winning three straight. During the recent surge, the Hoyas rebounders attacked the glass with passion, sporting a 12.7 advantage on the boards over the last three games. Lengthy freshmen forwards Otto Porter and Greg Whittington combined for 21 offensive rebounds in the span while 6-foot-2 guard Jason Clark averaged 6.0 rebounds and 19 points for the second place Hoyas.Maryland (12-7, 2-3) vs. Virginia Tech (12-8, 1-4 ACC)
When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Comcast CenterThree-game losing streak be damned: If the Terrapins follow form where they win the games they should, they beat the underwhelming Hokies inside the House Gary built, but where Turgeon now directs the most likeable edition in some time. If the Hokies want to believe they have more in common with the ACCs top half rather than the conferences cellar dwellers, they win this one.Besides, hard to talk scream later about sliding offthe NCAA Tournament bubble if you are not withing shouting distance of it.Four of the ACCs top 15 long distance percentage shooters will tee it up in this one. ACC scoring leader Terrell Stoglin (20.9 ppg) and Sean Mosley (41.8 3pt FG) face a Hokies squad holding opponents to 25.1 shooting from beyond the arc. Virginia Techs top offensive threat Erick Green (15.8 ppg) scores from all angles while sophomore forward Jarrell Eddies 49.3 clip from 3-point rangeleads the conference. No. 19 Virginia (16-3 3-2) at NC State (15-6, 4-2)
When: Saturday, 8 p.m., RBC CenterAfter the brutal low-scoring loss to the Hokies, the Cavaliers rebounded on Thursday with a 66-49 win over Boston College behind 18 points from leading scorer Mike Scott. It also marked the third straight game and the ninth time this season Virginia has held its opponent under 50 points. Holding Scott Wood (13.2 points, perfect on 48 free throws this season) and a Wolfpack offense averaging 75 points figures to be a tougher challenge, though NC State scored only 55 in a 19-point loss to North Carolina on Thursday. The Cavaliers have won three straight in the series, the last two under coach Tony Bennett. George Mason (17-5, 9-1 CAA) vs. James Madison (10-11, 3-7)
When: Saturday, 2 p.m., Patriot Center; Comcast SportsNetWhen the Patriots faced the Dukes earlier this month in Harrisonburg, Ryan Pearson and freshman Vaughn Gray each scored 19 points, Mason shot 58 percent from the field and despite letting most a 24-point lead slip away held on for an 89-83 win over the Dukes. That was the first of five straight victories for the CAA leaders, though the Patriots are coming off their worst shooting performance (31.9 percent at Hofstra) in over two years. After losing four of five, the Dukes took down William & Mary 59-47 on ThursdayWilliam & Mary (4-18, 2-8 CAA) at Old Dominion (13-8, 8-2)
When: Saturday, 4 p.m., Constant Center; Comcast SportsNetODUs Kent Bazemore fashioned one of his top all-around games of the season in the Monarchs 53-48 win over UNCW earlier this week. The crafty swingman scored 17 points, knocked down 7-of-11 shots including both of his 3-point attempts, added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. On the other side, the Tribes talented freshman Marcus Thornton (Bishop McNamara) looks to rebound following a 0-for-8, 3 points effort against James Madison.George Washington (8-12, 3-3 Atlantic 10) at Fordham (8-11, 1-5); Saturday, 1 p.m.After strugglingoffensively much ofthis season, forward Nemanja Mikic is averaging 13.3 points over his last three games. The 6-foot-8 perimieter threat isknockingdown 55.5 percent (15-27) of his attempts from the floor, including a61.5 percent clip (8-13) from beyond the arc.Mikic scored 19 in the win over Charlotte and 13 in Wednesday's loss to LaSalle, which dropped the Colonials into a four-way tie for eighth place in the conference. In the compact A-10, that means coach Mike Lonergan's squads stands just one game out of a virtual tie for first place with the Rams, losers of five of six, up next.Additional DMV games:American (13-8, 4-2 Patriot) at Lafayette (9-12, 4-2); Saturday, 1 p.m.- Despite 16 points from guard Daniel Munoz, the Eagles fell tofirst place Bucknell this week, dropping AUinto 3-way tie for second and two games behind the Bison.VCU (17-5, 8-2 CAA) at Georgia State (14-7, 6-4); Saturday, 4 p.m.- The Rams take their six-game winning streak on the road against the now sliding Panthers, losers of three of four, and will likely need a victory to stay just one-game behindCAA-leading George Mason.Navy (3-17, 0-6 Patriot League) vs. Bucknell (16-6, 6-0); Saturday 7 p.m.- The Mids have dropped 13 straight and 17 of 18. Hard to see a better result coming against the Patriot Leagues top team, even at home.Loyola, Md. (15-5, 8-2 MAAC) at Canisius (4-16, 1-9); Sunday 2:15 p.m.- Justin Drummond finished with 21 points, four steals and sank 11-of-12 free throws in the Greyhounds 69-57 over Niagara on Friday night.Howard (4-16, 1-6 MEAC) at Savannah State (10-10, 5-2); Saturday, 4 p.m.- Seven straight losses for the Bison. Enough said.Games from outside the DMV on Comcast SportsNetTulsa at SMU; Saturday, 3 p.m., CSN PlusOregon State at Oregon; Sunday, 6:30 p.m., CSN PlusStanford at California; Sunday, 8:30 p.m., CSN Plus