College Hoops in the DMV - weekend preview

College Hoops in the DMV - weekend preview
January 21, 2012, 4:20 am
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comNo. 10 Georgetown (15-3, 5-2 Big East) vs. Rutgers (11-8, 3-3)When: Saturday, 12 p.m., Verizon CenterOne could assume facing the Scarlett Knights is a third straight get healthy record wise opportunity for the Hoyas, coming off road wins over St. Johns and DePaul. Factor in nine straight home victories over the Scarlett Knights and for some assumption turns to foregone conclusion. Perhaps that was going through the minds of Florida and Connecticut before the pair of top-10 teams lost to Coach Mike Rices undersized, but resourceful squad earlier this season. Led by guard Eli Carter (13.4 pg), the Scarlett Knights have won three of four games and are off to the programs best start since the 2003-04 season. Georgetown coach John Thompson III expects guard Markel Starks (illness) to return after the sophomore sat out Tuesdays win against the Blue Demons.Virginia Tech (11-7, 0-4 ACC) at No. 15 Virginia (15-2, 2-1)When: Sunday, 6 p.m., John Paul Jones ArenaLets try to give Hokies nation reason for optimism. Getting a win against the in-state rival Cavs gets Seth Greenbergs squad off their ACC four-game schneid and gives the Hokies their best RPI-win of the season, by miles.They face a thinning Virginia roster as Tony Bennett adjusts his rotation now that center Assane Sene will miss the next six weeks following right ankle surgery. Get a win, and then knock of BYU and Maryland at home in the next two games, suddenly the sun will be shining in Blacksburg. Of course, the Cavaliers defense looked wake up screaming from a nightmare scary in their 32-point win over Georgia Tech on Thursday, holding the Yellow Jackets to 29 percent shooting. Hard to come up with a glass-half-full scenario against that.Maryland (12-5, 2-2) at Temple (12-5, 2-2)When: Saturday, 11 a.m., PalestraFollowing the road loss against Florida State, the Terps bounce back into non-conference action for the final time, still searching for a signature win regardless of the game's designation. There are no bad losses on the resume, just nothing noteworthy either. Picking up a victory Saturday morning (yes, morning) against the Owls (RPI 24) changes that. Fran Dunphy's squad snatched their biggest win to date this monthover Duke - Maryland hosts the Blue Devils on Wednesday - but have split the subsequent four games. The headlining matchup exists on the perimeter between Temple's trio of guardsled by Ramone Mooreagainst Maryland's backcourt paced by the ACC's leading scorer Terrell Stoglin.George Mason (14-5, 6-1 CAA) vs. Towson (0-19, 0-7)When: Saturday, 4 p.m., Patriot Center; Comcast SportsNetWith wins in seven of their last eight games by an average margin of 12.3 points, the CAA co-leading Patriots have clearly righted their early season wrongs. The toothless Tigers and their NCAA Division I record-setting 38-game losing streak, not so much, losing their seven conference games by an average of 21.8 points. Ryan Pearson, Mike Morrison and company contributed twice to the seemingly never-ending skid, most recently with a 65-53 Dec. 3 road win in the conference opener for both teams. The Patriots two senior frontcourt stars each scored 14 points as all five starters reached double figures. American (12-7, 3-1 Patriot) vs. Army (9-10, 2-2)When: Saturday, 2 p.m., Bender Arena; Comcast SportsNetEagles guard Charles Hinkle, the Patriot Leagues second-leading scorer, against the conference second highest scoring team. The senior Hinkle (20.3) carried the scoring burden while swingman Troy Brewer, recovered from a turf toe injury. With the Brewer back, Hinkles averaged dipped to 17 points in the last two games, two games the Eagles won by an average of 10 points. The Black Knights, averaging 70.1 points per contest, enter with a two-game winning streak, including a 91-75 triumph over Colgate.Old Dominion (11-8, 6-1 CAA) at VCU (14-5, 5-2)When: Saturday, 8 p.m., Siegel Center; Comcast SportsNetEnteringthe New Year, observors had Shaka Smarts Rams pegged as the slight conference favorite after pulling off the best collection of non-conference wins. Meanwhile Blaine Taylors Monarchs were thrilled to see the calendar flip after ending 2011 losing four of five games and sporting a losing 6-7 record. Three weeks later, Kent Bazemore and crew find themselves in a customary position for ODU, atop the CAA standings (tied with George Mason). The Monarchs leading scorer with 14.1 points, Bazemore is averaging a career-best 2.4 steals. The 6-foot-5 swingmanwill need to be at his thieving best against the up-tempo Rams, winners of three straight. Additional games:George Washington (7-11, 2-2 Atlantic 10) vs. Charlotte (10-7, 2-2)- Lasan Kromah matched career-high with 25 points in win over RichmondHoward (4-16, 1-6 MEAC) at Savannah State (8-10, 4-2)- Seven straight losses for the BisonNavy (3-15, 0-4 Patriot League) at Colgate (5-13, 0-4)- the someone has to win a conference game gameLoyola (13-6, 6-2 MAAC) vs. St. Peter's (4-15, 3-5)- the second place Greyhounds have won four of fiveUMBC (3-15, 2-4 America East) vs. Vermont (11-10, 5-2)- Retrievers aim for first two-game winning streak in a calendar year