Sunday, November 27, 2011

Virginia takes on Cal to highlight Sunday's action

Quick hits on Sunday's games:

VCU (2-2) at Winthrop (2-3), 1 p.m.
The Rams prevailed 59-49 when these teams met last season, but throw that result out because under new coach Marlene Stollings, this Winthrop squad appears to be a much more potent foe. The Lady Eagles are currently averaging 72.8 points per game. Last year, Winthrop produced just 51.5 ppg and had game where it was limited to 38, 27 and - honest - 16 points. For VCU, it'll be interesting to see who emerges as an offensive threat beyond Courtney Hurt and Andrea Barbour. We have our eye on freshman Aprill McRae, who got off to a rough start but finally got some shots to fall in the second half of Tuesday's 68-58 loss to Charlotte. VCU 75, Winthrop 65

Longwood (1-4) at No. 9 Miami (4-1), 2 p.m.
The Lancers are 0-3 in road games so far, and Coral Gables, Fla., where the Canes have won 26 straight games,  is one of the last places we'd recommend going to reverse that streak. But here's hoping that Longwood can at least find some offensive rhythm. The Lancers produced just 33 points in Tuesday's loss at Campbell and have seen their offensive output steadily decline in each of their three games since their 68-61 victory over Cornell on Nov. 13. Miami 88, Longwood 48

UNC Asheville (2-2) at George Mason (3-1), 2 p.m.
The Patriots have quietly taken care of business on the road and now find themselves set up at home for five of their next six games. Defense has been this team's calling card, as the Patriots have yet to allow more than 58 points in any game so far. Another 40-minute dose of that should do the trick today against a Bulldogs team that has led at halftime of all four of their games but has just a .500 record to show for it. George Mason 58, UNC Asheville 52

California  (3-2) vs. No. 22 Virginia (5-1) in Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Showdown, Hawaii, 8 p.m.
Everyone's eager to know the true feelings of the Cal players going up against former coach Joanne Boyle and vice versa, but frankly we'll probably never really get anyone's true feelings regarding this unique situation. Besides, the real keys today will be how effectively Cal can attack Virginia's zone, and who best manages the natural fatigue of playing for the third time in three days. Our hearts, of course, lean toward Virginia. But after see how well Cal handled itself in Saturday's 61-60 loss to a Texas team that mauled UVa.the day before, our heads say....Cal 65, Virginia 59

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