Monday, November 23, 2009

Daily dribble

Today's action

North Carolina State (3-1) at Old Dominion (0-2), 7 p.m.

- After two games against towering frontlines, the Lady Monarchs (Tia Lewis especially) should welcome an N.C. State team with no starter taller than 6-1 (the Wolfpack can bring size off the bench, though). Don't read too much into ODU's record; most teams would be 0-2 after opening against Stanford and at Maryland. The Lady Monarchs have played with great zeal and energy during the play-for-pride second halves of both contests. The trick now is to produce that kind of effort from the jump. With the Constant Center crowd behind them we're going to assume they will, so.... ODU 79, N.C. State 70

Jacksonville (2-2) at George Mason (1-2), 7 p.m.

- The Dolphins pounded the Patriots by 20 when these teams met in Florida last year, and Mason has looked anemic offensively in back-to-back road losses. So while we're still on the Patriots bandwagon, we've got our hand on the "Next stop, please" button. George Mason 61, Jacksonville 60

Sunday's recap

Tennessee 77, Virginia 63

- The largest crowd in the program's history turned out, and Debbie Ryan clearly enjoys working with the young cast she's assembled. There's a lot of work to be done, though, and on Sunday the Lady Vols showed just how much.

JMU 66, Virginia Tech 59

- Another great escape for the Dukes, who for the second straight game rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit. OK, so they're resilient. But why do they keep falling so far behind?

William and Mary 73, Davidson 64

- A 23-point deficit? No problem for this Tribe.

Hampton 66, UNC Wilmington 52

- Continuing our slow start, fast finish theme, the Lady Pirates didn't score a point until the game was nearly eight minutes old. Fortunately for Hampton, that still only left them behind by two points.

Kennesaw State 72, Longwood 61

- Great effort in defeat for Lancers freshman center Heather Toubek, who narrowly missed an unconventional triple-double: 16 points, 13 rebounds and 9 blocks. Toubek is averaging 5.5 blocks per game.

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