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What to watch this weekend

Now that we’re in the middle of the conference season, there are several games and teams to keep an eye on this weekend. We already mentioned the LIU-Wagner matchup. Now for everyone else.

Rutgers (11-8, 3-3 Big East) @ No.10 Georgetown (15-3, 5-2): The Scarlet Knights have won three of their last four, with their most recent victory coming against Notre Dame. This is a big game with NCAA written all over it for Rutgers. With wins over Florida and Connecticut, the Scarlet Knights, assuming they can pull off the upset, can seriously start thinking about taking dancing lessons.

Xavier (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic-10) @ Dayton (13-5, 3-1): The Musketeers have won four in a row and are finally looking like that team some people picked to make a Final Four appearance. Make no mistake about it, Dayton is going to be a tough out. Tu Holloway’s scoring is down, but he’s dished out 37 assists over his last five games.

No.5 Missouri (17-1, 4-1 Big 12) @ No.3 Baylor (17-1, 4-1): Missouri has won three straight is back on track after a 75-59 thrashing it took at the hands of Kansas State on January 7. But we can’t imagine Baylor is going to drop another one after a 92-74 wipeout at the hands of Kansas on Monday.

No.7 Kansas (15-3, 5-0 Big 12) @ Texas (12-6, 2-3): Not much to say about this one except that it has upset special written all over it. And Texas has lost two straight and seemingly has lost its way on defense.

No.18 Mississippi State (15-4, 2-2 SEC) @ Vanderbilt (14-4, 4-0): Can’t exactly figure out why Vandy isn’t ranked, especially with a win over Marquette in December. Sure the Commodores has losses to Xavier and Louisville, but those setbacks came in late November and early December. They have won eight straight. Mississippi State is coming off a loss to in-state rival Mississippi. Time to find out if the Bulldogs are for real.

LOCAL MATCHUPS

Villanova (9-10, 2-5 Big East) @ St. John’s (8-10, 2-5): The Red Storm has had problems scoring lately, but much of those issues stem from a lack of experience and depth. A win against a struggling Villanova team will keep St. John’s in the middle of the pack.

Hofstra (6-13, 0-7 CAA) @ James Madison (9-9, 2-5): The effort is there, but the Pride just hasn’t been able to close out games. Their last five losses have come by an average of 4.8 points. A big game from Mike Moore could halt the losing streak at six.

Stony Brook (10-7, 5-1 America East) @ Maine (8-9, 2-4): The Seawolves, winners of seven of their last eight, should seemingly have no problems with Maine. Their top three scorers –Bryan Dougher, Dave Coley, Al Rapier– have caught fire at the right time. The offense is flowing a lot smoother.


 

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