CSS Saturday Basketball Preview (2913)

CSS Saturday Basketball Preview (2913)
February 8, 2013, 4:35 pm
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Football is officially on hiatus. Signing Day is over.Whats left for you sports fans out there? Well, plenty of college basketballwill be packed into the remainder of the month, as was we inch closer to theconference tournaments at the beginning of March. CSS is providing coverage offourmatch-upsagain this Saturday, so heres a rundown of all the action.Hofstra(5-18) at UNC-Wilmington (9-14) 12:00 p.m. ETHofstra hasnt tasted victory since Jan. 12. Aseven-game losing streak for the Pride includes a 57-51 loss to their opponentthis weekend. Currently ranked 332nd inthe nation with a 39 percent shooting average, basketball has fallen on toughtimes up in New York.UNC-Wilmington is 4-7 in the month of January, but theteam is coming off one of its best performances of the season. The Seahawksshot lights out in their recent 76-72 victory over the Georgia State Panthers,draining 27 of 52 field goal attempts and dishing out 14 assists.Both teams shot well below 40 percent from the floor intheir last meeting. UNC-Wilmington managed a win, though, after sinking 11 of23 three-pointers. Hofstra can break its losing streak if it limits thethree-ball and finds a way to get leading scorer Taran Buie going. Hesaveraging just 10 points a game since going off for 29 against Drexel a fewweeks back.Tulane(15-8) at Houston (14-7) 2:00 p.m. ETConference play is proving to be a bit more difficultfor Tulane and Houston, bot sitting at 3-5 against Conference USA opponents.The first of twomatch-upsto come in 2013, theredoesn'tappear to be a clearfavorite here heading into Saturday.The Green Wave handedly beat the Thundering Herd 91-75on Wednesday, shooting 44 percent from downtown and getting to the free throwline 34 times. Junior forward Josh Davis, who averages a double-double (17.0PPG, 10.0 RPG), added in 23 points and 12 boards. Hell be looking for his 13thdouble-double of the season this weekend.Houston found itself trailing by 17 points at halftimeagainst Southern Methodist last Saturday, but the Cougars fought their way backfor an overtime victory. Five players scored in double-digits, and the teamshot 81.5 percent from the free throw line. Well see if they can match thoselofty numbers after a week off.Northeastern(15-8) at Old Dominion (3-20) 4:00 p.m. ETA tale of two seasons, it was the best of times forNortheastern, it was the worst of times for Old Dominion. This is probably whatCharles Dickens was actually referring to. Northeastern sits atop the Colonialstandings with a 10-1 conference record, while ODU holds a 1-10 mark againstconference opponents. See? I told you theyre on opposite ends of the spectrumright now.Since a five-game losing streak towards the beginning ofthe year, the Huskies are now 11-2 since Dec. 21. The team shoots 45 percentfrom the floor, ranking 87th in the nation. Senior guard Joel Smith has been ona tear recently, 18.5 points over a six-game span. Signs of life finally emerged for Old Dominion this pastThursday, as it defeated Drexel in a surprising 78-66 win. The Monarchs torchedthe net in the second half, shooting 65.2 percent from the floor. Sustainingthat type of shooting will be the only way to defeat the Huskies. ODU shoots 39percent on average this season.FloridaAtlantic (11-14) at South Alabama (13-9) 8:30 p.m. ETCapping of the night will be an East Division Sun Beltclash. Florida Atlantic is looking to snap a two-game skid, while South Alabamahas conquered its last two foes.Greg Gantt is struggling for the Owls as of late. Theirleading scorer put in 11 consecutive games of 20 points, but he hasnt toppedthat mark since Jan. 19. Gantt is shooting just 36 percent over his last threeoutings. He needs to figure out what the problem is soon.The star for the Jaguars is easily Augustine Rubit.Averaging 19 points and 10.9 rebounds per game will make you stand out. Thejunior forward posted back-to-back double-doubles in his last two games, bothwins for South Alabama. Florida Atlantics leading rebounder, Jordan McCoy,pulls in 5.6 boards on average. It might be a long night down low for the Owls.

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