#88 St. Bonaventure (2-1) @ #46 Rutgers (3-0) (Garden State Challenge)
Two teams with weak schedules so far meet, with the Scarlet Knights likely for the victory. Rutgers are an odd team, forcing very few turnovers and making very few threes. St. Bonaventure have their own areas of struggle, sending too many opponents to the line and shooting free throws pathetically.
#78 Virginia Tech (3-1) v. #73 Seton Hall (3-1) (Puerto Rico Tip-off)
Today's game of the day is the finale in Puerto Rico, between a team that has survived two heart-stopping games, the #10 Xavier Musketeers, and the #6 Memphis Tigers, with the winner will surely moving right up to nip at the heels of #1.
Rhode Island 92, Virginia Commonwealth 86 @ Kingston, RI
The battle of the Rams was a tight, offensive game, and came down to the wire, with Jimmy Baron making a big late 3 and Rhode Island nailing their last six free throws to consolidate a good home victory that could end up hurting any potential at-large bid for VCU come March.
#101 Utah (2-1) v #125 Morgan St. (2-2)
This is close in ranking only because of Utah's non-D1 loss to Southwest Baptist, but they should dominate most facets of this game, especially at the offensive and defensive free throw line and in making shots.
#94 George Mason (2-1) v #96 East Carolina (3-0)
ECU have mostly beaten weaker teams, but will get a good test here, and will count on getting a strong defensive showing, while the Patriots will crash the boards and try to get the advantage.
#144 Cornell (2-1) @ #79 Siena (1-0)
Today's game of the day is the Battle of the Rams, as the CAA's #61 Virginia Commonwealth face off against #65 Rhode Island from the A-10.
Game of Last Night:
Memphis 84, Seton Hall 70 @ San Juan, PR (Puerto Rico Tip-off)
This game wasn't even as close as it seemed, as when the lead went over 20 Memphis went to their bench players, while Seton Hall didn't have a bench and closed with a 13-6 run from the starters to get the margin within 15. Seton Hall were actually about the same offensively as they were against USC, with their loss coming primarily from an inability to stop the Memphis attack.
Some other noteworthy games:
2. #31 Virginia Tech (3-0) v. #16 Xavier (3-0)
The Hokies must do a better job of defending inside and preventing offensive rebounds, while Xavier must focus on not turning the ball over.
3. #72 Temple (2-1) @ #60 Lafayette (2-0)
An interesting battle in getting to the line, as Temple send few opponents to the line but don't get there themselves, with the opposite true for Lafayette. The Leopards will also try to pound it inside, while Temple will try to force turnovers.
4. #69 Akron (2-0) @ #32 Pittsburgh (2-0)
Today's game of the day is a top 10 matchup by my rankings, if not by the rest of the world's, #10 Memphis facing off against #8 Seton Hall in Puerto Rico.
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