Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Getting Down to Business

The Inauguration festivities are over ... and now our 44th President is getting down to the business at hand. And tonight, the Centennial Conference men's basketball race gets down to business as well with two titanic tilts that will change the face of the playoff chase.

#22 Gettysburg at #24 Franklin & Marshall (Men's Basketball)
It's the most-played series in the Conference and one of the most heated. Tonight is the 197th meeting between Gettysburg (6-1 CC, 11-2) and Franklin & Marshall (6-1, 13-1) in a series that began in 1902 And this may be one of the first times that the rivals have met as ranked teams in the national poll. The Bullets, who lead the series 105-91, have won three straight from the Diplomats and four of the last five. Last season's sweep was the first for the Orange and Blue since 1997. Two of the Centennial's best young players will take center stage tonight in Gettysburg's Andrew Powers (17.8 ppg., 7.1 rpg.) and F&M's James McNally (17.1, 7.1).

Johns Hopkins at McDaniel (Men's Basketball)
Just 35 miles separate these two long-time rivals who renew acquaintances for the 139th time tonight at the Gill Center. It's uncharted territory for the Green Terror (6-1, 11-3) who is in a three-way tie for first place in the CC. Westminster, however, has been friendly to the Blue Jays (5-2, 10-4) who have won 10 of the last 11 games from McDaniel on its home floor and holds a 76-62 overall series lead. This game could be decided on the boards as JHU's Andrew Farber-Miller (6.1 rpg.) works the glass against the Terror's Chad Arrington (7.4) and Josh McKay (6.0).

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