Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Opening Night

It's "Opening Night" for Conference play in men's basketball with a matchup of undefeateds earning the spotlight.

Dickinson at Gettysburg
The Red Devils (0-0, 3-0) and the Bullets (0-0, 3-0) meet for the 178th time in their rivalry and when the evening's dust settles on the Battlefield, one team's record will remain spotless while the other will have its first blemish. Gettysburg, ranked ninth nationally, has won eight straight in the series and holds a 110-66-1 advantage. Dickinson has not won at Bream Gym since 2001 (60-53) and has just two wins there since 1994. The Devils' Tom Leszczynski (16.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg) and Kizmahr Grell (15.7 ppg) will match up with the Bullets' Dan Capkin (18.7 ppg) and Corey Dorsey (15.7 ppg). Watch the game live.

Franklin & Marshall at Johns Hopkins
The undefeated Diplomats (0-0, 4-0) take to the road to face the Blue Jays (0-0, 3-2) in the 83rd renewal of their series. F&M holds a 51-31 advantage, but Hopkins has won four of the last six meetings, including three straight at Goldfarb Gym. The Dips' James McNally is off to a fast start, averaging 17.0 points and 7.8 rebounds. Hopkins' Andrew Farber-Miller can match him inside with his 16.8 and 6.0 per game numbers. Watch the game live.

Haverford at Muhlenberg
The Fords (0-0, 2-1) and the Mules (0-0, 2-1) meet for the 54th time in what has become a toss-up series. Muhlenberg won 12 straight from 1997-2002 and holds a 41-12 all-time lead, but the two teams have split the season series in each of the last six campaigns. Keep an eye on a small guy and a big guy in this one. Haverford's Chaz Thomas averages 16.7 points and 4.0 steals per game on the wing, while Muhlenberg's Peter Barnes has dominated the paint with 16.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per outing. Watch the game live.

McDaniel at Swarthmore
The Green Terror (0-0, 3-1) and the Garnet (0-0, 1-2) meet for the 26th time in a series that goes back and forth. McDaniel holds a 15-10 all-time advantage and swept the season set in 2006 and 2008. Swarthmore took two from the Terror in 2004 and 2007, while the clubs settled for a split in 2005. The game could be won on the inside, as the Terror's Josh McKay and Chad Arrington meet up with Swat's Sam Lacy and Raul Ordonez.

Washington at Ursinus
The 21st ranked Bears (0-0, 3-1) entertain the Shoremen (0-0, 2-2) looking for their 10th straight win in Collegeville against Washington. The Sho'men lead the all-time series, 40-36, but has lost five straight to UC and has not won at Helfferich Hall since 1999 (72-69). Three of the top five scorers in the CC will be on the court tonight. Ursinus' Matt Hilton leads the Conference at 19.5 ppg., while John Noonan is third at 18.5. Washington's Tim Kohlrus is fourth overall at 18.0 ppg., while also collecting 7.3 caroms per outing.

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