Monday, January 26, 2009

Big Monday

Two games take center stage on the Centennial's "Big Monday," as defending Conference champion Ursinus visits Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins travels to the Battlefield to take on Gettysburg.

Ursinus at Franklin & Marshall
It's hard to believe that the Diplomats (7-2 CC, 14-2) hold a commanding 74-32 lead in this series that began in 1914, since the Bears (5-4, 9-7) have won seven straight and 11 of the last 13 meetings. F&M has not beaten Ursinus since a 91-60 thumping at Mayser in 2005. The Bears' four-game win streak in Lancaster is the longest against the Diplomats at home since Gettysburg won 11 in a row from 1964-74. Can F&M's defense contain high-scoring UC guard John Noonan, the CC's leading scorer at 19.5 ppg?

Johns Hopkins at Gettysburg
The Bullets (7-2, 12-3) took three games from the Blue Jays (6-3, 11-5) last season to extend their series advantage to 43-25. Hopkins has not won at Bream Gym since 2005, capturing a 58-48 decision. The battle of the big men could decide this one, as Gettysburg's Andrew Powers (17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and JHU's Andrew Farber-Miller (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) are among the CC's top 10 in scoring and rebounding.

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