Sunday, January 16, 2011

CAA, ACC aplenty on Sunday; Wendy goes for No. 599

We slept in, but didn't forget. Check out a Sunday packed with action.

Sunday's previews:

Richmond (11-5, 2-0 Atlantic 10) at Rhode Island (6-10, 0-2), noon:

Spiders have won 10 straight over these guys, and the way Richmond is playing, there's no reason to think it won't be 11.Richmond 80, Rhode Island 62

Penn (5-7) at Virginia,(10-8), 2 p.m.
Virginia closes out its nonconference schedule with an Ivy League date. The teams haven't played since '93. We imagine Virginia will take this chance to pick up a much-needed win after its 0-3 start in the ACC. Penn had dedicated its season to the fight against several diseases (ALS, Lupus, Parkinson's, breast cancer, cystic fibrosis). At the end of each month, the coaching staff totals the number of offensive charges the Quakers have taken. Fans have pledged in advance a donation per charge. So while we're rooting for the Cavs, we hope the Quakers pick up some money today for these worthy cases. Virginia 79, Penn 57

Duke (16-0, 3-0 ACC) at Virginia Tech (9-8, 0-3), 2 p.m.
Just what you want to see when you can't buy a win in the ACC: the Blue Devils, who are one of two unbeaten teams in the game (Florida Gulf Coast is the other). Love the defense of this Duke bunch and if you haven't seen Jasmine Thomas play in a while, she's better than you remember. Duke 75, Virginia Tech 58

James Madison (10-6, 3-1 CAA) at George Mason (7-8, 1-3), 2 p.m.
Dukes have won five of six; Patriots have lost all three of their four CAA games, though to formidable foes (ODU, VCU, Wilmington). Trouble is the defending CAA champs are another one of those formidable foes. James Madison 69, George Mason 55

Old Dominion (10-5, 4-0 CAA) at Delaware (10-6, 3-1), 2 p.m.
ODU is sitting pretty and alone atop the CAA and looked impressive in a rout of James Madison a week ago. While the Blue Hens don't have Elena Delle Donne these days (surely you're read all our posts about her back problems), Delaware is no slouch. Lauren Carra leads the Hens in scoring, and Jocelyn Bailey just put up 17 in a win over W&M. Four points separated these teams last year in three games, all won by ODU. We're giving the nod to ODU (and hoping Wendy picks up career victory No. 599), but we're not overlooking the Hens. ODU 60, Delaware 59.

Northeastern (6-9, 1-3 CAA) at Virginia Commonwealth (8-6, 3-1), noon
We were stunned by the Rams' loss against Towson on Thursday. Rams Courtney Hurt is playing as well as anyone in the country, and we don't forecast another upset here. VCU has taken seven straight from these guys. We're banking on eight. VCU 78, Northeastern 61

Drexel (10-5, 2-2 CAA) at William and Mary (1-13, 0-4), 2 p.m.
Maybe today's the day for the Tribe? We'd like to think so, though the Dragons will be hungry after falling in OT to James Madison last week. But Kaplan Arena hasn't been friendly to the Dragons, who have dropped three of their last four there. For that reason, we're going with the upset. Don't be the house on it, but go Tribe (and guard that three-point line)! William and Mary 66, Drexel 63

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