We’ve discussed this unsightly trend on Twitter, and indirectly on the blog.
Can we get the home teams some wins on Senior Day? The road teams are 6-0 on Senior Days/Nights so far this season.
The great news, though, is that every game has been competitive into the final seconds, and I do believe the majority of home teams will win on Saturday.
We know where we stand in the race for tournament seeding.
We know #2 Delaware will play #7 Hofstra.
If George Mason wins tomorrow at Delaware, the Patriots will play the Tribe of William & Mary in the 3-6 (Mafia) game.
But winning at Delaware is easier said than done, and should the Patriots falter, the Dukes of James Madison would have to opportunity play William & Mary for a second consecutive Saturday next weekend.
But they’d have to take care of business tomorrow evening in Williamsburg.
Regardless, after watching Drexel start to get on the same page over the last few weeks, it’s still best to avoid that 4-5 game.
This will be the final game of the season for Old Dominion and UNCW. As Georgia State found out the other night, it’s a bummer that the season has to end so abruptly.
I’m holding out hope that Towson will get a CBI/CIT invite.
Many of these teams have flirted with .500 overall this year, so I always included their overall records as well. I no longer see that as necessary.
Enjoy your last Saturday of the regular season, because the six-day layoff between now and the tournament will make for one anxious wait.
There are plenty of viewing options for today’s games.
Old Dominion (2-15) at Northeastern (14-3) – 12:00 – (Comcast SportsNet)
This is big for Northeastern. It’s quite possibly the last home game for Joel Smith and Jon Lee, and the Huskies are vying for a 20-win season.
Three weeks ago, this was a great game, but Joel Smith scored 27 points to help Northeastern elude an overtime loss.
By now you know how Old Dominion can stay close with Northeastern: create/capitalize on second-chance opportunities. The Huskies always capitalize on others’ mistakes, so the Monarchs have to play smart.
Hard to see Joel Smith and Jon Lee losing at home on Senior Day. I hope Matthews is rocking. David Walker and Zach Stahl are showing us a bright future that will allow the Huskies to continue competing in the CAA over the next few years.
Northeastern 75, Old Dominion 60
George Mason (10-7) at Delaware (12-5) – 2:00 (NBC Sports)
It’s the game of the day. If George Mason wins, it’s quite possible these teams will meet again in the semifinals of the conference tournament next Sunday.
Last time these teams met, Delaware took advantage of a hefty foul discrepancy (via the foul line) to steal a win at The Patriot Center. Thus, the foul-prone Patriots have to play smart defense, and keep Devon Saddler and Jarvis Threatt from killing them at the line.
That’s easier said than done. Regardless, this is an important game for the Patriots, and they’ll rise to the occasion.
George Mason 70, Delaware 66
Hofstra (4-13) at Towson (12-5) – 4:00
We touched on this in the Wednesday post, but Towson has the chance to make NCAA history.
If the Tigers can beat the Hofstra Pride and improve to 18-13, they will have completed the greatest single-season turnaround in NCAA Men’s Basketball History.
Regardless of what happens Saturday, it’s been a phenomenal season for Skerry and Company. Hairston’s inspired performance last Saturday added a heartwarming aspect to that.
Senior Day at Towson is a bit weird this year. Bilal Dixon has only been with the program for a year, but it’s super commendable that he lent his talents to help Towson and Coach Skerry for one year, when Towson wasn’t eligible for the CAA Tournament, just to turn the program around.
I had the privilege of seeing Towson for the first time a few weeks back. Dixon is a big dude who has a huge impact. He’ll be sorely missed as Jerrelle Benimon’s frontcourt mate, but Towson fans are going to love watching Timajh Parker-Rivera grow.
I’m thinking Towson gets the win, makes history and closes the Towson Center with a bang. I also think the Tigers will do it in a way that will allow the other senior, Bryan Blackstone, to get in on the action.
Towson 67, Hofstra 58
James Madison (10-7) at William & Mary (7-10) – 6:00 (Comcast SportsNet)
James Madison has had the sour taste of Senior Day defeat in its mouth for more than a week. William & Mary just ruined UNCW’s Senior Night festivities. Now, James Madison gets the opportunity to ruin (most notably) Matt Rum’s final game at Kaplan.
The Tribe comes in with momentum, having won four of five. That’s big for a talented squad that needed a confidence boost heading into the tournament.
Last time, this game turned into a shootout between AJ Davis and Marcus Thornton. Davis hit seven 3-pointers in the second half. Devon Moore dished out 12 assists.
JMU held a 25-0 advantage in points off turnovers. On a night when the Tribe shot 14-of-27 from the field, and 53.2% on the game, points off turnovers were the difference.
Matt Rum and Andrew Pavloff are William & Mary’s graduating seniors. Rum had a rough start to the season, but Tribe faithful will hate to see him go. I don’t want to pick against a JMU team that’s had a week to prepare, (and really needs the win) but I think I will anyway.
William and Mary 70, James Madison 67
UNCW (5-12) at Drexel (8-9) – 7:00 – (live video)
It’s Senior Night for Drexel’s Derrick Thomas, Daryl McCoy, and Chris Fouch. Fouch has applied for a sixth-year of eligibility, it remains to be seen how the NCAA will view his situation. He played in just three games this year, and my guess is that he’d get the redshirt.
I went with UNCW on Wednesday night, off the basis that I wouldn’t pick against Keith Rendleman on Senior Night. It proved to be wrong, although not by much.
I’m about to do the same. These Drexel seniors, while not the stars, are the core of the program. UNCW has come a long way this year, in terms of limiting turnovers and getting steady guard production. I worry that could change on a Saturday night at The DAC.
Dragons 65, Seahawks 58