Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Five-Star Matchups

McDaniel at Muhlenberg (Women's Basketball)
It is the 32nd meeting in one of the best rivalries in the Conference. The ninth-ranked Mules (6-0 CC, 8-1) have won six straight to take a 17-14 series advantage on the Green Terror (6-2, 7-4). 'Berg has won five of the last six contests at Memorial Hall, including a 67-51 decision in the CC semifinals last winter. McDaniel's last win in Allentown was a 70-45 triumph in 2007. The play of the backcourt could make the difference, as Muhlenberg's Alexandra Chili (17.3) and Kelly McKeon (11.1) square off against the Terror's Ali Moreland (14.7). The Mules won the first meeting of the year on Nov. 23 by a 70-64 count in Westminster. Watch the game LIVE.

Franklin & Marshall at Muhlenberg (Men's Basketball)
This is certainly the "Game of the Night" in the Conference as the 11th ranked Diplomats (4-1, 10-2) travel to Memorial Hall to take on the Mules (5-0, 7-4). It is the 127th meeting between the long-time rivals with F&M holding a 67-59 advantage. Muhlenberg is 8-5 against the Dips in Allentown since 1994 with wins in four of the last five contests at home. Franklin & Marshall edged 'Berg, 60-59, last season at Memorial Hall. Defense will be the name of this game, as Muhlenberg (34.5) and F&M (35.5) are 1-2 in the Conference in FG percentage defense. The battle of the boards could also be pivotal, as the Mules' Peter Barnes (9.3) and Spencer Liddic (8.5) are 2-3 in the CC, while F&M's James McNally (8.4) and Mike Baker (7.3) are 4th and 8th, respectively. Watch the game LIVE.

Gettysburg at Ursinus (Men's Basketball)
The other two of the top four teams in the Conference meet in Collegeville as the Bears (3-2, 7-5) play host to the Bullets (4-1, 6-5). Gettysburg ended an 11-game losing streak to Ursinus last season, winning 73-68, at Bream Gym. But the Orange and Blue has not defeated UC at Helfferich Hall since the 2004-05 season (71-63). These are the two top shooting clubs in the Centennial, as Gettysburg connects on 48.1 percent from the floor, while the Bears are a tick behind at 47.9. The two top scorers in the CC will also be on display in the Bullets' Andrew Powers (19.8) and Ursinus' Matt Hilton (18.3).

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