Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Tonight may be the biggest night in the Conference so far this season, as the top six teams on the women's side square off, while two of the top three men's teams meet in a battle for first place.
Dickinson at McDaniel (Women's Basketball)
The Red Devils (9-6 CC, 13-6) make the trip across the Mason-Dixon line to Westminster to take on the streaking Green Terror (13-2, 15-4) McDaniel knocked off Dickinson, 70-55, back on Dec. 3 for its sixth win in the last seven series meetings. The Devils have come up empty on their last three regular-season trips to the Gill Center against the Green and Gold and has just one win over the Terror in Westminster since 1997 (2006). You can listen to the game courtesy of WTTR-AM 1470.
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins (Women's Basketball)
The Bullets (12-2, 17-2) look to keep pace with McDaniel and Muhlenberg in the chase for the top seed as they visit Baltimore and the Blue Jays (9-5, 11-7). Gettysburg won the year's first meeting at Bream Gym by a 56-34 count and has captured four of the last six meetings. Hopkins is 13-2 against Gettysburg at Goldfarb Gym since 1994. You can watch the game at Hopkinssports.com.
Swarthmore at Muhlenberg (Women's Basketball)
The Garnet (6-9, 9-11) travels up the Northeastern Extension to take on the 19th ranked Mules (12-2, 15-3) in a crucial game for both teams. Swarthmore needs a win to keep its flickering playoff hopes alive, while Muhlenberg looks to keep pace with Gettysburg and McDaniel in the race for first place. The Mules have won seven straight in the series, including a 69-54 decision on Jan. 25, and holds a 43-7 all-time lead. Swarthmore is 1-24 against 'Berg at Memorial Hall with the lone victory coming in 2005 (85-82). You can watch the game on MuleTV.
Franklin & Marshall at Ursinus (Men's Basketball)
Haverford vs. Swarthmore is always intense ... Gettysburg vs. McDaniel is fierce ... but the Conference's top rivalry in recent years is the Diplomats (10-2, 16-3) and the Bears (9-3, 13-6) and they square off for the 110th time tonight in Collegeville. F&M, ranked 15th nationally, has owned the all-time series at 77-32, but Ursinus owned the last decade, winning 12 of the 19 contests, including two Centennial title games. The Diplomats have won three straight from the Bears after a 78-74 triumph on Dec. 2. You can listen to the game courtesy of D3hoops.com.
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins (Men's Basketball)
Ordinarily, a midweek matchup between the fifth and sixth place teams with six games remaining in the Conference season would not "qualify" as the Five-Star Matchup. But this is a critical game to the playoff hopes of five teams. The Bullets (7-5, 9-9) hold a two-game lead over the Blue Jays (5-7, 9-10) entering the final three weeks of the season. A Gettysburg win would leave JHU, McDaniel, Haverford and Swarthmore with at least eight CC losses and make their playoff chase even more difficult. A Hopkins triumph would close the gap and make a still-challenging task a little easier. The Bullets took the year's first meeting by a 70-61 count to take a 19-18 series lead since 1994. You can watch the game at Hopkinssports.com.