Saturday, November 10th Highlighted Match-ups

Saturday, November 10th Highlighted Match-ups
Nov 10, 2007, 12:06 am

-ALBANY AT BUCKNELL. This game is interesting simply because Albany looks to be one of the better teams in the America East, and Bucknell looks to once again be a contender in the Patriot League. We could see them both in the NCAA Tournament this March. They’ll likely receive poor seeds if they make it, but at least they’d be in.

-UAB AT GEORGIA STATE. UAB should be much better than they were a year ago, and it’s surprising to see them playing a rode game at GSU. GSU should be better as well, and knocking off the Blazers would be a great way to begin the year, but I don’t see it happening.

-BRADLEY AT ILLINOIS CHICAGO. Bradley just missed the NCAA Tournament last year, and are a perfect example of how every game counts. This would be a nice road win against a fairly decent UIC team.

-BYU AT LONG BEACH. Long Beach made the NCAA Tournament last year, and loves to push the pace, but they are going to have to completely rebuild this year. BYU lost some big time players as well, but once again appears to be a good team and should contend for the MWC title. They would love to start off the season by putting a road win on their resume.

-MISSOURI STATE AT TOLEDO. This is an interesting road game for Missouri State, and it should be a good way to begin the season for whoever ends up winning. Toledo may make a little noise in the MAC this year, and Missouri State should be able to contend for an NCAA Tournament spot. After being on the bubble, but left out two years in a row, Missouri State knows how important every game is when a team wants to earn an at-large spot. This would be a nice road win for them and get them started off on the right foot.

-AUSTIN PEAY AT VANDERBILT. It really is a shame that this game isn’t being broadcast anywhere (at least I don’t see it in my program guide). Austin Peay looks to be one of the best teams in the Ohio Valley, and this is a chance for them to play against a solid, NCAA Tournament caliber team. A win for Austin Peay would be huge, and it would look great on their NCAA Tourney resume. It’s also a good opponent for Vanderbilt because chances are Austin Peay will win quite a few games once they begin conference play, which will help Vandy’s RPI. They don’t need too much help considering they play in the SEC, but it’s still a game against a team who has a very good chance of winning their conference.


-NEW HAMPSHIRE AT BOSTON COLLEGE. BC has some question marks this season, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble winning their opener.

-EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT DAYTON. The Atlantic Sun has gotten off to a surprising start. Belmont defeated Cincinnati last night, and Gardner Webb shocked Kentucky earlier this week. ETSU is one of the preseason favorites, and could end up giving Dayton a better game than most expect.

-MOUNT SAINT MARY’S AT GEORGE WASHINGTON. GW has been to three straight NCAA Tournaments. They did lose quite a bit of talent from last year’s team, but should still be good. Expect them to win big today.

-WILLIAM & MARY AT GEORGETOWN. W&M has improved quite a bit considering they used be one of the worst teams in div1, but they’re still nowhere near the same universe as Georgetown.

-IUPUI AT MARQUETTE. IUPUI is one of the top teams in the Summitt League, and Marquette looks like one of the top teams in the nation. This game has the feel of a #1 vs #16 seeded game. If IUPUI pulls the upset they will probably earn a much better seed than #16 if they make the NCAA Tournament, but a win today isn’t too likely.

-MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT MISSISSIPPI. Ole Miss is young, but they are well coached and have some potential. They should roll over MVSU today.

-LOUISIANA TECH AT MISSISSIPPI STATE. Mississippi State has a very solid team and should be dancing come March. Expect them to begin their season with a win today.

-PEPPERDINE AT OREGON. This is the first game of a round robin tournament at Oregon. They should roll in this one, and will face Pacific and Western Michigan over the next couple days.

-NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT PITTSBURGH. NC A&T has come a long way and should be a factor in the MEAC, but they don’t stand much of a chance of winning today.

-NORTHWESTERN STATE AT STANFORD. Stanford can pick up their second win of the season tonight. Northwestern State was blown out by UC Santa Barbara the other night, and will face Stanford tomorrow in what should be an exciting game.

-MERCER AT USC. O.J. Mayo’s college debut for the Trojans. He may be good enough to beat Mercer all by himself.

-UC RIVERSIDE AT TEXAS TECH. Texas Tech shouldn’t have too much trouble beginning the year 1-0. Too bad they won’t all be this easy.

-SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT XAVIER. Xavier looks like an NCAA Tourney team and shouldn’t have too much trouble starting things off with a win.

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