Friday, February 08, 2008

Five-Star Matchups

Gettysburg at Muhlenberg (Men's Basketball)
The Bullets (11-2 CC, 16-3 overall) travel to Allentown to take on the Mules (8-5, 10-10) looking for a season sweep. Gettysburg defeated Muhlenberg, 88-73, back on Jan. 12 and can make it four straight wins against 'Berg. How well the Mules can defend the 1-2 combination of the Bullets' Dan Capkin (20.0) and Corey Dorsey (16.0) may go a long way in determining the outcome of this one.

McDaniel at Ursinus (Women's Basketball)
It is a game with critical playoff implications as the Green Terror (9-5, 10-10) invades Collegeville to take on the Bears (9-4, 11-9). McDaniel has won eight consecutive regular-season games against Ursinus, including a 75-56 triumph on Jan. 12. UC did knock off the Terror in the Centennial semifinals last season in Westminster on its way to the Conference championship. McDaniel leads the CC in FG percentage (42.5), while Ursinus tops the league in FG percentage defense (35.0).

McDaniel at Ursinus (Men's Basketball)
The 21st ranked Bears (13-0, 18-2) look to become the first Centennial team to ever start a Conference season 14-0 when they welcome the Green Terror (8-5, 13-7) to Helfferich Hall. Franklin & Marshall (1994, 1995) and Ursinus (2003) both finished the season with 13-0 CC slates when the Conference was still in divisions. F&M started the 2005 season at 12-0 before having its streak snapped by the Bears for its only loss in a 17-1 Centennial slate. McDaniel is second in the CC in scoring defense (63.0) and must find a way to slow down high-scoring UC forward Nick Shattuck (22.4).

Johns Hopkins at Merchant Marine (Wrestling)
The Centennial dual meet title is on the line on the Island Saturday. The Mariners (5-0, 10-4) are ranked 17th in the country and can sew up their first-ever Conference dual crown with wins against the Blue Jays (4-1, 5-11) and Gettysburg (1-4, 2-11). Hopkins needs wins against USMMA and Stevens (4-1, 8-2) to gain at least a share of its first-ever title. Keep an eye on the 197-pound match between the Blue Jays' Tyler Schmidt (18-4) and the Mariners' Eric Vincent (16-3), ranked ninth nationally at 197.

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