CSS Saturday Basketball Preview (12713)

CSS Saturday Basketball Preview (12713)
January 24, 2013, 7:18 pm
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Another Saturday means another solid lineup of mensbasketball on CSS. Three games are on the schedule this weekend, so heres arundown of the action.Rice(4-14) at Tulane (13-6) 2:00 p.m.The2012-2013 hasnt been kind to the Owls, and conference play isnt helping. Riceis 0-4 against Conference USA opponents. After winning just one of their lasteight games, the Owls now sit at No. 311 in the RPI rankings.Despitethe rough road, Tamir Jackson continues to provide one of the few bright spotson the floor. The senior guard is averaging 16.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3assists per game. He scored 46 total points in the Owls last two victories.Theyll need another huge outing from him for any shot at a win on Saturday.Tulaneis already close to matching its win total from last season, but this is rightaround the time the Green Wave collapsed in early 2012. After leading Memphisby six at halftime this past Tuesday, Tulane managed a disappointingsecond-half showing, finishing with just 38 percent shooting in the 71-60 loss.Leadingscorer Josh Davis posted a double-double against the Tigers, but he shot 4 of14 from the floor and committed five turnovers. He should be able to controlthe paint against an Owls team that only pulls in 25.2 boards per game.OldDominion (2-16) at James Madison (10-10) 4:00 p.m.Another team ready to forget about 2012-2013, OldDominion hasnt tasted victory since upsetting Virginia back on Dec. 22. Now0-6 in conference play, the Monarchs are looking for any way to pull off aColonial win. They do rank 72nd in the nation inrebounding. Theres one stat to hang their hats, or crowns, on. Center DeShawnPainter needs to stay out of foul trouble. He only played 26 minutes andattempt just six shots in his last game against Georgia State. The senior leadsthe team in scoring and rebounding. Feed the big man.James Madison shot 33 percent from the floor and stillbeat Delaware by 14 points this past Wednesday. How? Well, out rebounding youropponent 17-3 on the offensive boards might be somewhere to start. The Dukesfinished with 46 boards and 18 more shot attempts than the Fightin Blue Hens.Dont expect them to get away with that kind ofdomination down low on Saturday. Still, Rayshawn Goins should be able to attackthe paint and create get to the line again. His No. 1 goal should be gettingPainter in foul trouble.FloridaAtlantic (10-10) at Arkansas State (11-7) 8:30 p.m.Florida Atlantic is one win away from matching its totalfrom last season. At 5-4 in conference play, the Owls are putting up a fight inthe Sun Belt. Senior Greg Gantt continues his ridiculous scoring binge,averaging 22.4 points per game. Hes now surpassed at least 20 points in 11straight matchups.Freshman Stefan Moody is stepping up as well with hisscoring contributions, averaging 14.2 points a game. Florida Atlantics offenseheavily relies on these two, and well see the same scenario on Saturday night.Arkansas State also starts two scorers averaging indouble figures. Ed Townsel puts in 15.4 points per game, but his shooting hasbeen a bit erratic recently. He hit just seven of his last 28 three-pointattempts, not exactly what the Red Wolves need to get going.Senior Brandon Peterson is nearly averaging adouble-double with 11 points and 9.4 points per game. The Red Wolves are 4-2when he hits double figures in both categories.

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