Four men's college basketball games featuring ACC, CAA and Atlantic 10 teams are on Comcast SportsNet and CSN Plus this weekend, including surging George Washington hosting No. 14 Butler. You can find that preview here and the 411 on other games on TV and in the area below...
*Georgia Tech (12-9, 2-7 ACC) at Virginia Tech (11-11) -- Saturday, 1 p.m.
Hokies guard Erick Green leads the country in scoring (25.2). That just hasn't been enough to lead Virginia Tech to any wins over the last five games, including Thursday's loss at Maryland. That could change against the Yellow Jackets, who have dropped seven of nine. One of those defeats came in last month against Virginia Tech as Green scored 28 points in a 70-65 overtime win. The 6-foot-3 guard has scored at least 20 points in eight of his last nine games, though Green shot only 38.6 percent (17 of 44) from the field against North Carolina and Maryland.
*Northeastern (15-8, 10-1 CAA) at Old Dominion (3-20, 1-10) -- Saturday, 4 p.m.
While not as stunning as how coach Blaine Taylor's tenure in Norfolk ended, the Monarchs 78-66 victory over Drexel on Thursday was certainly unexpected. After defeating the CAA preseason favorites behind 15 points each from DeShawn Painter and Dimitri Batten, Old Dominion now tries taking down the CAA-leading Huskies.
*James Madison (14-11, 8-4) at Drexel (9-14, 5-6) -- Sunday, 7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet
Imaging this matchup as one between a conference contender and middle-of-the-pack squad a few months would not have been surprising - if we reversed the roles. Tied with Towson for second place in the CAA, the Dukes have won five of six including Wednesday's 81-71 victory over William & Mary behind 27 points from senior guard A.J. Davis. Now JMU goes for the season sweep over the Dragons, who have reversed course with two straight losses after pulling off a stunning comeback at George Mason. Drexel remains a sneaky pick when it comes to pulling off a conference tournament run, but Bruiser Flint's team is not sneaking up on anyone right now.
Other games in the DMV...
*American vs. Colgate, Saturday, 3 p.m. - Win one, lose two. That's been the Eagles (8-14, 3-4 Patriot) pattern after recent victories. American's last game, a 68-64 win over Lafayette. Coach Jeff Jones is certainly hoping history does not repeat itself.
*Nayv vs, Lafayette, Saturday, 7 p.m. - The Midshipmen have been sinking lately, averaging only 52 points over their four-game losing streak.
*Howard vs. UMES, Saturday, 4 p.m. - Coming off a victory over South Carolina State on Saturday, the Bison (5-18, 2-7 MEAC) seek their first two-game winning streak of the season.