Sunday, December 11, 2011

Maryland invades George Mason to highlight Sunday's action

Quick hits on Sunday's games:

North Carolina Central (1-7) at Virginia Tech (2-6), 1:30 p.m.
After five consecutive games away from home and three straight against Big Ten foes, the Hokies must surely be happy to welcome these Lady Eagles, in their first year as a fully accredited Division I program, to Cassell Coliseum. We won't be surprised if Tech's guards, particularly Monet Tellier, put up big numbers today. But the Hokies appear to have significant advantages inside against NCCU, so here's hoping Tech's post players take this opportunity to produce and gain confidence. We misread games involving Virginia Tech more than any other school - although we're beginning to struggle mightily with Radford, too - but we can't imagine being wrong about this one. Virginia Tech 78, NCCU 54

No. 5 Maryland (10-0) at George Mason (6-2), 2 p.m.
Women's basketball games at the Patriot Center are rarely treated as "events," but we hope a big crowd turns out to see these Patriots hosting a Top-10 team for the first time since 2005. The Patriots' strong start should have them brimming with confidence and we'd expect them to take the court fully believing they can win. But given the Terrapins' formidable blend of athleticism, experience and size (Maryland's front line is 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4, with 6-4 All-American Lynetta Kizer coming off the bench), the Patriots are about to get an all-too-realistic look at what a Top-5 team truly looks like. Maryland 74, George Mason 47

Norfolk State (5-3) at Longwood (2-6), 2 p.m.
If you read this five minutes ago, you read a great case for Norfolk State winning at home. Problem is the Spartans are on the road. The Lancers are 15-13 at home over the last 2 1/2 years. We're going with Longwood. Longwood 61, Norfolk State 54

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