CSS Saturday Basketball Preview

CSS Saturday Basketball Preview
January 10, 2013, 5:25 pm
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Were getting into conference action at this point inthe college basketball season. Saturday will showcase plenty of familiarmatchups across the country, with CSS providing coverage on four games startingat noon. Lets take a look at the lineup this weekend.Delaware(7-8) at Georgia State (6-10) 12:00 p.m.- The Blue Hens head to Atlanta to face the Panthers intheir only meeting of the 2012-2013 regular season. Delaware won both gamesagainst Georgia State last year, each in overtime by a margin of just threepoints.- Devon Saddler scored 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting inDelawares most recent win over Hofstra. The junior guard in leading the teamwith 20 points per game and is shooting a career-best 36 percent from beyondthe arc. He scored 17 in both matchups with Georgia State last year, but we canexpect more production this time around.- Georgia State also faced Hofstra in its last game,losing by just two points on the road. The Panthers shot a miserable 2 of 20from downtown, well below their 32 percent mark from 3-point range for theseason. They cant afford to keep throwing up bricks from long-range if theywant to hand the Blue Hens their first conference loss.FloridaInternational (7-7) at Arkansas-Little Rock (9-8) 4:30 p.m.-Arkansas-LittleRock dropped four of its last five games, while Florida International puttogether a nice three-game winning streak to ride in Saturday. The Trojansdominated the Golden Panthers in their only matchup last season, but this FIUteam can already match its win total from last season with a win on Saturday.Were seeing a much improved Golden Panthers squad these days.- Junior college transfer Tymell Murphy recorded adouble-double in each of his last three games. Hes averaging a ridiculous 24points and 15 boards in that span. It shouldnt be a surprise the Panthers areexperiencing so much success as of late. Expect FIU to work the ball to Murphyearly and often.- Will Neighbour leads the Trojans with 11.4 points and6.6 rebounds per game. At 610 he creates a bit of a mismatch with the GoldenPanthers, as Joey De La Rosa and Ivan Jurkovic are the only players on theroster taller than Neighbour. The two each average under 10 minutes per game,but they may be called on to step up on Saturday. No one else in FIUs lineupsurpasses 66. Rice(3-11) at Tulsa (9-7) 6:30 p.m.- The Owls have dropped four straight games, three ofwhich came as double-digit losses. On the other hand, Tulsa lost 79-61 in itslast game against Marshall, but it easily beat Rice twice last season.- Rice relies on Tamir Jackson to pave the way inscoring, as he averages 16.9 points per game. Jackson is only shooting 38percent from the floor, though, and hes only connected on one of his last 143-point attempts. The Owls need him to get going if they want any chance ofupsetting the Golden Hurricane.- The Golden Hurricane is still playing without leadingscorer Rashad Smith. Freshman James Woodard is second on the team with 13.6points per game, but the young guard has been inconsistent with his productionin recent weeks. Memphis(11-3) at UAB(8-8) 8:30 p.m.- Memphis ranks 24th in the nation shooting 48 percentfrom the field. Throw in its 35 percent shooting from 3-point range, and youhave a Tigers squad that knows how to score. UAB, though, averages 75 pointseach outing and sits and 19th overall with 17 assists per game.- The Tigers have four players who average scoringdouble-digit points. Joe Jackson leads the way with 13.8 points per game,shooting an outstanding 55 percent from the floor. Memphis is now on afive-game win streak after losing to Louisville back on Dec. 15.- Rod Rucker and Jordan Swing are both averaging rightaround 14 points per game for UAB. The Blazers will rely on these two juniorsto hang with the Tigers. Both take at least 10 shots per game, and that willlikely be the case on Saturday.