Monday, January 31, 2011

The (Hampton) revolution will be televised

Monday's games

Maryland-Eastern Shore (7-13, 4-3 MEAC) at Hampton (14-6, 7-1 MEAC), 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
How strong has Hampton's defense been of late? Saturday's 52-29 rout of Delaware State marked the third time in their last six MEAC games the Lady Pirates have held an opponent to 37 points or less. And UMES is coming off a 35-33 loss at Howard. Hampton has won six straight in this series, including a 65-41 win in last season's MEAC Tournament. Hampton 55, UMES 45

Norfolk State (8-9, 1-6 MEAC) at Coppin State (6-12, 3-4 MEAC), 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Eagles have played better than their record - Saturday's 75-74 loss is a good example - and are 3-1 in their last 4 home games. Despite not winning a conference road game since 2007, the Spartans showed they can played competitively away from Echols Arena in Saturday's 64-60 loss at Morgan State. A bit more poise and execution in the final minutes should put them over the top. Norfolk State 58, Coppin State 56

Liberty (12-8, 6-1 Big South) at Gardner-Webb (13-7, 5-2), 7 p.m.
This rematch of the last two Big South title games figured to again be the league's showcase matchup. But as we come to the end of the first half of conference play, both teams are chasing that juggernaut from Radford. Liberty can tie the Highlanders for first place with a victory tonight, but Radford won the head-to-head meeting. The Lady Flames are coming off a dominating 70-33 win at Winthrop; Gardner-Webb inexplicably blew a 13-point lead at home Saturday and fell by to UNC Asheville. Not sure if the Runnin' Bulldogs started taking a peek at tonight's game a bit early, but we're suspect they'll be at their best tonight. They'd better be if they want to stay in the title chase. Also, don't expect a lot of points from either team. Gardner-Webb is holding Big South opponents to a league-low 47.3 points per game; Liberty has been nearly as stingy, surrendering just 48.4 ppg. Former Old Dominion forward Sierra Little is averaging 9.3 ppg and a team-best 7.3 rpg for Gardner-Webb. Liberty 54, Gardner-Webb 52

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