Sunday, November 13, 2011

ODU at Georgia Tech and other Sunday games

Quick thoughts about Sunday's games:

Old Dominion at Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets are deep and athletic and will try to wreak defensive havoc all over the court, which sounds like exactly the type of team Karen Barefoot is trying to develop at ODU. This should mean Barefoot will know exactly how and when to attack. Problem is, Barefoot isn't playing, and this is a tough style to prepare for, particularly given ODU's quick turnaround after Friday's 77-65 home loss to Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech coerced 32 Alabama State turnovers Friday, so if the Lady Monarchs struggle to take care of the ball the way they did at times Friday against the Hokies, this could get out of hand in a hurry. At some point, a Barefoot-coach ODU team will love playing against this type of foe. We're just not sure this ODU team is ready for it now. Georgia Tech 83, Old Dominion 64

James Madison at American, 2 p.m.
The Dukes are coming off an admittedly uneven effort in Friday's 81-73 win over Quinnipiac, and American is a tougher foe. But we're expecting a much cleaner JMU effort in game No. 2, and we don't think the Eagles can match JMU's firepower. JMU 66, American 56

Oakland at George Mason, 2 p.m.
ESPN ranks Oakland the No. 8 mid-major in the country. We're not sure about that, but we do know that if the Patriots can't find someone other than Amber Easter and Taleia Moton to score, they'll be looking at an 0-2 start. Mason has played extremely well at home in non-conference games the past two years, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. George Mason 60, Oakland 58

Cornell at Longwood, 2 p.m.
The Lancers don't have many home games so this is a contest they really need to take. Yes, Cornell lost by 31 at William and Mary. But the Big Red shot 52 percent in the first half, made 5 of 8 3-pointers before the break and were down by just five four minutes into the second half. In short, these guys are better than you might think. Still, if the Lancers compete with the same tenacity they displayed Friday at Georgetown, they should be fine. Longwood 71, Cornell 58

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