Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Matinee games highlight Nov. 30 schedule

Three early tipoff matinees, two home, one road, highlight Wednesday's schedule:

Dartmouth (2-2) at Old Dominion (2-2), 11 a.m.

We're not sure any program does this event better than Old Dominion. More than 7,000 local elementary school students with be on hand of ODU's sixth annual Education Day, a contest that has featured sellout crowds of 8,472 in each of the past two years. The day typically turns out to be a win-win - the kids have a blast, and the Lady Monarchs win comfortably. This Dartmouth squad appears to be a bit stronger than the ones typically invited to play this game, so we'll see what happens.

Dartmouth is coached by former Richmond star Belle Koclanes, who spent three years at Old Dominion from 2008-11 and was part of Wendy Larry's final staff. Koclanes was one of two coaches Larry hired to replace current ODU coach Karen Barefoot, who took the Elon head coaching job, and Marie Christian.

On Thursday, Dartmouth will travel to William and Mary. Playing back-to-back games in different cities is unusual for most teams but quite common in an Ivy League that has weekly conference play on Friday and Saturday.

Iona (2-3) at VCU (4-2), noon

The Rams are coming off a three-games-in-four-days gauntlet that saw them drop an overtime decision to IUPUI last Tuesday before ambushing American on Thanksgiving Day and vanquishing Villanova on Friday. The latter two games were in the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based San Juan Shootout.

Iona is on a three-game losing streak but is 1-1 so far against Atlantic 10 teams. The Gaels dropped a 61-58 decision to Duquesne but scored a 58-57 win over St. Joseph's.

George Mason (3-4) at Detroit (3-3), 11 a.m.

Detroit's second Field Trip Day featuring hundreds of local public schoolers. The inaugural event, in February of 2015, drew a season-high 1,623 fans.

The Patriots arrived in Detroit Tuesday and promptly began to prepare for the unusual environment:

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