Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Five-Star Matchups

It's the penultimate date on the Centennial basketball schedule and just one of the 10 men's and women's playoff spots remains unfilled ... although seedings for eight of the other nine are still in play.

Dickinson at Gettysburg (Women's Basketball)
The Red Devils (11-7 CC, 15-7) travel down Route 34 to take on the 24th ranked Bullets (16-2, 21-2) in the 68th meeting between the two long-time rivals. Gettysburg edged Dickinson, 56-54, in the year's first meeting and the Orange and Blue goes for its first season sweep of the Devils since 2004. The Bullets can secure the regular season title and the top seed for the tournament with two wins, or one win and a Muhlenberg loss. The Red Devils are tied with Johns Hopkins for the fourth playoff spot but hold the tiebreaker with a season sweep of the Jays. You can watch the game LIVE on your computer at

Muhlenberg at Haverford (Women's Basketball)
The Mules (15-3, 18-4) look to keep their hopes alive for a third consecutive regular season crown when they travel to the Main Line to take on the Fords (4-14, 6-16). Muhlenberg has won 30 straight games from Haverford since a 1991 loss (51-44) - its only loss in the 47-game series. The Mules trail Gettysburg by one game in the chase for first place and can earn the top seed with two wins and with two Bullet losses, or a Gettysburg loss to McDaniel.

Ursinus at Washington (Men's Basketball)
The Bears (10-6, 14-9) and the Shoremen (9-7, 11-9) meet in Chestertown in a critical game for both teams. Ursinus is tied for second in the Conference with Gettysburg and Muhlenberg with two of those teams receiving first-round byes for next week's tournament. Washington is still in the hunt for a bye, but first must lock up a spot in the field and can do so with a victory or a loss by Johns Hopkins and Haverford. Ursinus captured the year's first meeting by a 78-67 count and has won seven of the last eight meetings between the clubs. You can listen to the game LIVE on your computer on the Ursinus Sports Network.

Johns Hopkins at Franklin & Marshall (Men's Basketball)
The two winningest coaches in Centennial history square off in Lancaster in a game that Hopkins needs to keep its flickering playoff hopes alive. The Blue Jays (7-9, 11-12) are tied with Haverford for sixth place and trail Washington by two games in the standings. If Hopkins and Haverford both win twice, and the Shoremen falter twice, JHU will grab the final berth. F&M (14-2, 20-3), ranked 15th nationally, has secured the top spot and homecourt for next weekend's tournament and is 18-2 vs. Hopkins at Mayser since 1994. You can watch the game LIVE on your computer at

Muhlenberg at Haverford (Men's Basketball)
Two clubs with very different playoff positions meet on the Main Line tonight. The Mules (10-6, 12-11) are locked in a three-way tie with Ursinus and Gettysburg for second place and in a battle for a first-round bye in next week's tournament. The Fords (7-9, 9-13) need wins over the Mules and Swarthmore, combined with two losses by Washington and another by Johns Hopkins to return to the CC tournament. 'Berg won the year's first meeting by a 66-55 count and has a five-game win streak in the series.

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