Saturday, December 12, 2009

Daily dribble

We've been looking forward to today's Georgetown-Richmond game for weeks. We're also excited about finally seeing something resembling a full schedule as several teams shake off the rust from pre- and post-exam breaks.

Georgetown (8-2) at Richmond (7-2), noon
Given the start time and Richmond's average attendance of slightly more than 400, we're not anticipating too many people turning out for this one. Too bad. The Hoyas are on a seven-game winning streak and feature one of the nation's top freshman in Suffolk's Sugar Rodgers. The last time we saw the Spiders, they were dissecting crosstown rival VCU. Last March in Washington, the Hoyas knocked off the Spiders in the third round of the WNIT. We think the Spiders will reverse that decision today. Richmond 68, Georgetown 64

Radford (1-6) at VCU (3-2), 2 p.m.
An encouraging first half against North Carolina suggests the Highlanders are quietly improving, but the Rams have had a week to stew over last Sunday's disappointing effort against Richmond. Radford will likely pay for that transgression. VCU 75, Radford 52

Longwood (2-7) at West Virginia (8-1), 2 p.m.
Another tough spot for the Lancers, who fell by 25 in Morgantown a year ago and may be up against an even more daunting foe this time. The Mountaineers have won six in a row and received 44 votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches poll. West Virginia 79, Longwood 55

Howard (3-4) at George Mason (5-3), 3:30 p.m.
A win would give the Patriots the first 6-0 start at home in program history. But they'd better not sleep on the Bison, who are 2-0 against teams from Virginia this season (Radford, Hampton). George Mason 58, Howard 52

East Carolina (7-1) at Hampton (2-5), 6 p.m.
Were this game at ECU, Hampton's Lady Pirates would probably be in trouble. But East Carolina's Lady Pirates aren't the same team once they step off campus. In their two road games so far, they've managed a five-point victory over American and a 12-point loss last Saturday at Gardner-Webb. Picking a Hampton team that has lost five in a row may be going out on a limb, but we'll take that chance. Hampton 64, East Carolina 62

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