Friday, January 09, 2009

Five-Star Matchups

Conference play is back in full force this weekend with four men's/women's doubleheaders and all 21 teams in action on the court.

McDaniel at Ursinus (Men's Basketball)
The Green Terror and the Bears meet in Collegeville in a game that has a lot of intrigue. Both teams are 2-1 in the CC, but seem to be going in different directions. McDaniel has won three straight, including a 70-64 win against Muhlenberg on Wednesday. Ursinus has dropped three straight road decisions since earning a #13 national ranking in mid-December. The last two games between the teams at Helfferich Hall have been decided by a combined total of three points - a 76-75 Terror overtime win in 2007 and a 68-66 Bear triumph last season.

Johns Hopkins at Haverford (Men's Basketball)
The Blue Jays and the Fords get together at Gooding Arena for a game that could tell us a lot about both teams. Hopkins is fresh off a 73-70 win against #21 Ursinus - the Jays' first win over a ranked opponent since Feb. 22, 2003. Haverford is coming off its second straight Centennial win - a 73-60 road victory at Dickinson. The last two meetings between the teams on the Main Line have both been decided in overtime and ended with JHU triumphs.

Gettysburg at Muhlenberg (Women's Basketball)
The Bullets (3-1, 6-5) and the Mules (5-0, 8-2) meet in a rematch of their Nov. 25 matchup at the Battlefield that ended with a 72-63 Mule victory. Lauren Boyle and Alexandra Chili combined for 40 points, including all 10 in the decisive run, in a game between the teams ranked 1-2 in the CC preseason poll. The two teams split the season series last year with each school winning on the opposition's home court.

Franklin & Marshall at Washington (Women's Basketball)
The Diplomats (3-1, 5-5) and the Shorewomen (2-1, 7-1) meet in Chestertown in a game that could tell us if Washington is a contender or pretender in the Centennial title chase. F&M has won 13 of the last 14 contests between the schools, only dropping a 66-52 decision at the Cain Center in 2007. Washington's 7-1 start is the best in program history.

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