Saturday, December 4, 2010

Virginia takes on Drexel; NSU, Hampton begin MEAC play

Virginia gets a potentially opponent in its first home game since Nov. 21 and Norfolk State travels to the Tar Heel State in hopes of making a MEAC statement. 

Norfolk State (4-1) at North Carolina A&T (1-4), 2 p.m.
The Spartans were winless in conference play last season, and a trip to the defending MEAC regular season champions isn't the ideal way to snap that streak. Then again, as they've proven many times already this year, these aren't last year's Spartans. Don't be fooled by A&T's record; the Aggies have played a rigorous schedule. We're not expecting NSU to pull this off, but they've made us look silly before. Besides, NSU-A&T games haven't even really been competitive the last few years. Just staying in it against these guys would be a statement of sorts.  North Carolina A&T 72, Norfolk State 62

Howard (3-6) at Hampton (2-4), 6 p.m.
The MEAC opener for both. The Lady Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday with a 52-51 victory over Radford. As that score suggests, Hampton is having trouble finding enough offense. But the Bison may be even more offensively challenged, as they're averaging just 45.1 ppg. Howard has one of the MEAC's best in sophomore forward Saadia Doyle (16.4 ppg), but even if Doyle gets her numbers, the Bison may struggle to get 50 points. The question then becomes, can Hampton get 50?  Hampton 55, Howard 52

Drexel (5-0) at Virginia (4-4), 7 p.m.
No ranked team this time, but hardly a breather for the Cavaliers. The Dragons' motion offense can be tricky to prepare for, particularly since Virginia was at Ohio State Thursday and has had little time to prepare for it. But the Cavaliers should be able to cause Drexel some problems of its own, particularly if they move the ball and get multiple players involved.  Virginia 69, Drexel 59

Radford (2-3) at Davidson (3-3), 7 p.m.
The Highlanders are coming off a pair of solid efforts - a come-from-behind win at George Mason and a near-miss one-point loss at Hampton. Reigning Big South Player of the Week Da'Naria Erwin Spencer averaged 17.5 ppg in those contests. To prevail today, the Highlanders must do something about Davidson star/statsheet stuffer Sophia Aleksandravicius, who is averaging a team-best 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game.  Davidson 66, Radford 56

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