Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daily Starter: November 18

The Slate

Iona at Wofford, 7:00 AM (ESPN2)
UNC-Wilmington at UNCG, 7:00 PM (SoCon Digital Network)
Johnson C. Smith at VMI, 7:00 PM (SoCon Digital Network)
Virginia Wise at ETSU, 7:00 PM (SoCon Digital Network)
Chattanooga at Butler, 9:00 PM (FoxSports2)

So, What's the Story?

The SoCon has two very good shots at out of conference D1 wins today. One is first thing in the morning in a nationally televised contest for the SoCon favorite Wofford against the MAAC favorite Iona. The other is UNCG at home against in-state rival UNC-Wilmington.

The conference needs to certainly avoid the bad losses today for VMI and ETSU, but if that happens and the other three teams, including Chattanooga at Butler, come up with two wins, this will be a wildly successful day for the SoCon. That's the story of today- the SoCon's desperate quest to come up with solid out of conference wins and raise the profile of the conference on the whole.

Game of the Day- Iona at Wofford

The Gaels are going to be a tough out for the Terriers. David Laury, the 6-9 245 pound senior, is going to be a beast for the Terriers to deal with. Lee Skinner is a solid big man, but his hands will be full with Laury. How will the Terriers handle that?

Isaiah Williams is a 6-7 guard and will present a major match-up problem for any mid-majors the Gaels will play as well. This game will be at 7 AM, so guys like Spencer Collins and Karl Cochran will need to get going early and be early birds.

This is a great match-up between two very good mid-majors. As you get up to start your day, be sure you catch as much as you can of this one. This game may have an impact on NCAA Tournament seeding down the road as both teams could be in the NCAA Tournament fighting over their seed. That's the critical importance of this game.

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