CSS Saturday Basketball Preview (2213)

CSS Saturday Basketball Preview (2213)
February 1, 2013, 5:17 pm
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Were gearing up for another full lineup of menscollege basketball, of course before you sit down for Super Bowl Sunday. CSSwill provide the coverage of four games on Saturday, so heres a rundown of theaction upcoming.Hofstra(5-16) at William & Mary (8-12) 12:00 p.m.Both teams enter Saturday with just two wins in ColonialConference play. Hofstra has not won a game since Jan. 12, which coincidentallycame against William & Mary. The Pride suffered a 62-41 defeat to the Dukes this pastThursday night as they made just 14 of 42 shots from the floor. Problematicshooting continues to plague Hofstra. But, the last time it faced William &Mary the team looked solid in this facet. The Pride will need another 48percent shooting display to repeat that same success.For William & Mary, leading scorer Marcus Thorntonneeds to step up. He shot 2 of 9 from downtown last time against Hofstra,butfinished with 11 free attempts. If he can keep getting to the line whileshooting close to his 40 percent average from beyond the arc, it will shape upto be a winning formula for the Tribe.CentralFlorida (15-5) at Marshall (9-12) 2:00 p.m.UCFhasn'tlost a game since Jan. 12, while Marshall is currently riding athree-game skid. The Knights sit at 5-1 in conference play,and No 104 overallin the NCAA RPI rankings. Theyll have to close out strong, or win theirconference tournament of course, for any shot at dancing in March.WhileUCF shoots 48 percent from the floor, 17th-best in the nation, scoring proved amore difficult task this past Wednesday against Tulane. The team shot 35percent overall, but still managed to pull off an eight-point win. Isaiah Sykesstepped up with 20 points on the night, his fourth-straight game of scoring 20or more.Marshallsuffered just a one-point loss to Memphis on Jan. 26, so we know this squad canat least hang with the big boys of Conference USA. The Thundering Herd ranks25th in the nation in rebounding. Beating the Knights on the boards, like theydid against the Tigers, will be their best chance at pulling off an upset.Citadel(5-15) at Furman (6-13) 4:00 p.m.Citadel and Furman are both coming off wins on Thursdaynight after feeding off some of the weaker teams in the Southern Conference.This will be the first of twomatch-upsto come between the Bulldogs andPalladins in 2013. We witnessed Citadel endure a 12-game losing streak, butthe Bulldogs are now 2-2 over the last two weeks. Maybe days are lookingbrighter in South Carolina. Center and leading scorer Mike Groselle finishedwith 24 points and seven boards in the recent victory over Wofford. He also dishedout four blocks. A strong night from the big man is vital to Citadels chancesof winning.Whatever pregame ritual Furman held before its lastgame, that needs to repeat itself every single day for the rest of theprograms history. The Palladins shot 64.3 percent from the floor against theGeorgia Southern Eagles, also connecting on 12 of 18 shots from beyond the arc.They literally caught fire. Junior guard Charlie Reddick put in a season-high20 points. Give him the ball and ride that momentum on Saturday. SouthernMiss (17-4) at UAB (9-12) 8:00 p.m.A 74-59 victory by Southern Miss over UAB two weekendsago should be a good indication of what to expect this time around. The GoldenEagles are No. 40 in the RPI rankings after winning nine straight games. Theyalso rank 14th in the country in field goal percentage, shooting 49 percentfrom the floor each game.This is the best Southern Miss squadwe'veseen in quitesome time. The school only advanced to three NCAA Tournaments in its history,but this year certainly looks like the fourth is right around the corner.Last Saturdays Golden clash with Tulsawasn'tanimpressive win by any means. Southern Miss committed 14 turnovers and 25 fouls.Fifteen offensive boards, though, made the difference at the end of the night. UAB ranks 12th in assists and 58th in scoring, but youprobablycouldn'ttell from its 1-5 conference record. The Blazers dont shootthe ball well, averaging 43 percent from the field each game. What killed themlast time out against the Golden Eagles? Turnovers. You cant expect to winwith 19 turnovers compared to your opponents eight. UAB needs to focus on ballcontrol.

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