Sunday, February 6, 2011

ODU/JMU Super matchup today

Sunday's games:

Pittsburgh 28, Green Bay 19
We're not analyzing this; we imagine you can find analysis of this.

Wake Forest (11-13, 2-6 ACC) at Virginia Tech (9-13, 0-8), 2 p.m.
The Demon Deacons have lost 6 of 8, defeating only Boston College and yes, Virginia Tech (62-54) in that stretch. Poor free-throw shooting doomed the Hokies that day and just about everything else has gone wrong in a winless stretch that dates back to Dec. 30. This looks like the day Tech might pick up its first conference win of the season, but don't bet the house. Virginia Tech 64, Wake Forest 60

Old Dominion (15-6, 9-1 CAA) at James Madison (16-6, 9-1), 2 p.m.
This is the Super Bowl matchup of the conference (with apologies to Wilmington), a rematch of the conference tournament title game. ODU actually won in Harrisonburg a year ago and routed the Dukes 71-55 last month at the Constant Center, but JMU was without starter Lauren Jimenez (14.3 ppg). ODU is 5-0 in CAA road games this season but needed Jasmine Parker's buzzer beaten to beat George Mason on Thursday. This one should be frenzied (Duke Dog Reading Day packs the kids in), and in case you haven't heard, Kenny Brooks is 7-0 on Super Bowl Sunday. Add in Dawn Evans, and this one could be a classic. ODU needs to shoot the lights out to win here, and given that, we go with the Dukes. The winner here will likely be tied atop the league with Wilmington (at Georgia State on Sunday), so this one is a biggie. JMU 75, ODU 69

Virginia Commonwealth (12-8, 7-3 CAA) at Northeastern (8-13, 3-7), 2 p.m.
Today's Rams game is the 1,000th in program history, a stat that doesn't tell us much. What is revealing is VCU is shooting 54 percent from the field in its last three games, though fell in OT on the road to Wilmington in the last game. VCU has won eight straight in this series; the Huskies have lost three of four. Behind the usual suspects, Courtney Hurt and Andrea Barbour, we think this will be all Rams. VCU 81, Northeastern 60

Hofstra (10-11, 4-6) at George Mason (13-8, 5-5), 2 p.m.
Hofstra has won three straight in this series, but the Patriots are playing inspired ball and nearly upset ODU on Thursday. Rather than hang their heads, the Patriot should ideally bounce right back and feed off nearly upsetting the conference leader. If that's not the case, GMU could get blitzed by the high octane Pride led by Shante Evans (17.2 ppg, 11.1 rpg).  GMU has won three of its last five; these teams have not met this season. Hofstra 60, George Mason 57
William and Mary (2-18, 1-9 CAA) at Towson (7-14, 1-9), 2 p.m.
Towson has lost its last six, including a heartbreaker to Drexel in OT on Thursday. The Tigers did win 63-60 earlier this season in Williamsburg. W&M's lone CAA win was over George Mason, but we think the Tribe will sneak one out today. W&M 66, Towson 61

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