Monday, February 14, 2011

Hampton looks to end A&T home win streak; Radford finally playing again

A second day of the pink ribbon (Norfolk State and Liberty are thinking pink on Monday) and three other games on tap.

Hampton (18-6, 10-1 MEAC) at North Carolina A&T (-11, 5-4),  4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Lady Pirates crushed the Aggies when these two teams met in Greensboro, winning 71-36 behind 22 from Nicole Hamilton. Since then A&T has won five of seven and said coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs,
"I know we can score more than 36 points on people. However, we were still wearing our first loss in the conference after we lost at Howard. We took that loss into Hampton and we just weren't ready to play. We've grown a lot since then." The Aggies have also won the last 30 against MEAC opponents in the Corbett Sports Center, a streak that dates back to Feb. 17, 2007 (Coppin State). But Hampton has a pretty good streak of its own going -- seven straight victories. Hampton 74, North Carolina A&T 63

Howard (10-15, 6-5 MEAC) at Norfolk State (8-13, 1-10), 6 p.m.
Those Bison had won five straight before a loss on Saturday against North Carolina A&T. Howard stomped NSU 65-43 on Jan. 17, limiting the Spartans to 23 percent shooting. We're hoping the Spartans can come up with a more inspiring effort on "Think Pink Night," with towels and t-shirts given away to raise breast cancer awareness. NSU has lost five straight, averaging 59.6 ppg. And you know what they say about this conference season. It's getting late early and the Spartans have just one win. Howard 68, Norfolk State 57

Radford (10-12, 7-2 Big South) at Coastal Carolina (8-14, 2-8), 7 p.m.
Oh, yeah. I remember you guys, but hasn't it been a while. It sure has. The Highlanders, sitting in second place in the conference, haven't played since Feb. 5, a loss to UNC Asheville. As that game is a distant memory, we expect Radford to return to the form it used to win four straight. And didn't we just say it's getting late early. Yikes, it's senior night on Saturday for these guys (with first-place Liberty on tap at that). A win here puts major juice on that game. Radford 61, Coastal Carolina 54

Winthrop (11-11, 4-5 Big South) at Liberty (15-8, 9-1), 7 p.m.
While we don't think of the Vines Center as Gampel Pavilion, apparently the Lady Eagles do. They haven't won their since 1996, and that 1-22 record includes 21 double-digit losses. When the teams met two weeks ago, a flu bug limited the Lady Eagles, as leading scorers Dequesha McClanahan, Kaitlyn Rubino and Lacey Lyons failed to combine for a single point in the 71-33 loss. Like NSU, this is a "Pink Zone" game for the Flames, winners of their last six. We like 'em, a lot, here. Liberty 72, Winthrop 53

Virginia Tech (10-14, 0-9 ACC) at Clemson (10-15, 3-7), 7 p.m.
Gee, that win against Longwood felt good on Thursday. But it's back to the ACC grind for these Hokies, who have won their last two over the Tigers, including by a point last season. Clemson comes in with conference victories over Virginia, NC State and Wake Forest, and what's even more exciting? It's "Pack the House" night with the first 500 fans getting free popcorn and soda, and even free admission if they print the voucher off the school's web site. An iPad will be given away, too. Clemson 59, Virginia Tech 53

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