Friday, January 29, 2010

Saturday dribble - Richmond tries to regroup

Virginia is braced for a major storm this weekend - at least that's what they weather folks keep breathlessly exclaiming - so the schedule over the next couple of days could be pretty fluid. Already Radford has canceled Friday's game against Davidson, and Richmond has changed its start time for today's game. Be prepared, as more adjustments could be on the way.

Saturday's games

Duquesne (14-6, 4-1 Atlantic 10) at Richmond (14-6, 3-2 Atlantic 10), 11 a.m.
Start time was moved from 4:30 p.m. in anticipation of the storm. The Spiders sent out a release, but since they're averaging just 348 fans per game they probably could have called each one of them personally (we kid because we care; get out and support this team, Spider Nation!). The Spiders are back home after a humbling two-game trip to Charlotte (a 14-point loss) and Dayton (the inexplicable 52-point debacle). The Dukes can relate, though, as on Wednesday Dayton spanked them by 22 in Pittsburgh. Makes us wonder just how good this Dayton club really is, and we'll get some answers today as the Flyers will visit No. 10 Xavier tonight at 6 p.m. As for the Duquesne-Richmond game, the Spiders may be able to solve some of their recent offensive woes by getting their running game going again. The Spiders enjoyed healthy advantages in fast-break points in their first three A-10 games (including a 24-0 advantage against George Washington), but were outscored in transition by a combined 37-8 against Charlotte and Dayton. Richmond 58, Duquesne 52

Liberty (14-4, 5-1 Big South) at High Point (13-7, 6-1 Big South), 4 p.m.
The Lady Flames can prove a lot with a victory here. Full credit to Liberty for integrating several new players and maintaining its standing as a Big South force. But while this year's Lady Flames have crushed inferior opposition, their resume is pretty light on signature wins. Now High Point isn't UConn, but the Panthers have won 9 of their last 10 and traditionally have given the Lady Flames fits. Beating these guys on the road would be nice work. An added bonus - the Big South tournament will be held at High Point's Mills Center. Why not get used to winning on the Panthers' floor now? Liberty 63, High Point 61

Hampton (8-10, 4-3 MEAC) at Delaware St. (3-16, 1-5 MEAC), 4 p.m.
How difficult this game becomes is entirely up to Hampton. If the surging Lady Pirates play anywhere close to the way they've been playing of late, the offensively challenged Lady Hornets (17 percent shooting in their last game) won't be able to keep up. If Hampton doesn't take these guys seriously, well, the Lady Hornets are still playing hard and are 3-4 in home games. Hampton 70, Delaware State 49

Morgan St. (9-9, 5-1 MEAC) at Norfolk St. (3-12, 0-6 MEAC), 4 p.m.
The Lady Bears have won four straight and feature one of the league's top players in MEAC scoring leader Tiny Adams. But they haven't had much luck with Virginia schools and will come in 0-3 against the Commonwealth after losses to VCU, Richmond and Hampton. The Spartans played these guys tough in Baltimore last season (65-57) and will put a much better team on the floor today, so who knows? Morgan State 66, Norfolk State 64

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