Monday, January 24, 2011

League-leaders Hampton, Radford tip off tonight

Monday's games

Hampton (12-6, 5-1 MEAC) at Florida A&M (8-9, 4-2 MEAC), 5:30 p.m.
Still trying to figure out how the Lady Pirates blew that 17-point lead over the final 11:36 Saturday at Bethune-Cookman. Hampton can't worry about that now, though, as A&M is good enough to make the Lady Pirates pay for having a Saturday night hangover. Hampton 65, Florida A&M 55

South Carolina State (6-9, 2-3 MEAC) at Norfolk State (7-8, 0-5 MEAC), 6 p.m.
On Feb. 21, 2009, the Spartans hammered South Carolina State 75-52 at Echols Arena. NSU hasn't beaten a full-fledged MEAC opponent since, a streak that now spans 26 games. We know it's going to end sometime this year. Why not tonight? Norfolk State 65, South Carolina State 61

Coastal Carolina (6-11, 0-5 Big South) at Liberty (10-8, 4-1 Big South), 7 p.m.
Speaking of streaks, the Lady Flames have beaten Coastal Carolina 33 straight times, the 7th-longest current streak  in Division I. There's absolutely no reason to think anything changes tonight against a Liberty team that appears to have settled into its typically dominant Big South form. Liberty 69, Coastal Carolina 49

Longwood (3-13) at UNC Asheville (8-9), 7 p.m.
The hard-luck Lancers have lost four straight games by four points or less. Three of those losses came on the road, where Longwood has yet to win in seven games. All signs point to another close encounter for the Lancers; the guess is that tonight they finally break through. Longwood 72, UNC Asheville 69

Charleston Southern (9-10, 3-3 Big South) at Radford (8-11, 5-1), 7 p.m.
The surprising Highlanders have won five of their last six and current sit atop the Big South standings, one-half game ahead of Liberty and Gardner-Webb - and Radford has beaten them both. We used to hope for Radford to win. Now, especially at home, we're expecting it. Radford 61, Charleston Southern 55

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