Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Daily Dribbles- 11/12/13

--The Tip Off Marathon is in full steam. No SoCon teams or Mocs D1 opponents are participating in
it. But there will be good basketball. Duke vs. Kansas and Michigan State vs. Duke will be fine tonight.

--Georgia Southern nearly hung an ACC pelt on the wall on Monday night. Miami had to score late to win, as the Eagles were up by one late in overtime. An Eagles win would have been huge.

--Are we concerned about Davidson now? After blowing a seven point halftime lead against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and up by eleven with fourteen minutes left, the Panthers pulled off the win, 81-77. They lost to Loyola (IL) in their first game, so Davidson was expected to win this one. The Wildcats were nearly twelve point favorites and looking to make up for last year's upset in Milwaukee. Not a good showing from Davidson. Davidson has some serious questions to ask themselves this morning. Milwaukee shot 40 free throws. Davidson shot just 15. That was the biggest difference in the game. Brian Sullivan did score 22 points.

--Western Carolina played just nine players, and one of them was not Trey Sumler. Yet the Catamounts were able to beat UNC-Asheville 74-67 in a bit of an upset on Monday night. Very good win for the Catamouns. They forced 18 turnovers, and only turned it over eleven times.

--The Mocs lost at Radford on Monday night 89-78. It was not a particularly good showing from the Mocs, who are still learning the Chaos system. It's not quite ready for primetime at this point. The Mocs will need to work on their defense to get better.

--The SoCon went 1-2 against non-BCS, D1 opponents on Monday night. I was hoping for 2-1 heading into the night. They are now 3-4 in such contests on the year. On Tuesday, the SoCon has more opportunities. Furman hosts Gardner-Webb, UNCG is at home against East Carolina, Appalachian State gets Campbell at home, The Citadel hosts Presbyterian, and Samford goes to Texas-Arlington. Can the SoCon get three wins on Tuesday night? I don't think that's unrealistic at all.

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