College Hoops Friday: Your Commentary

November 20th, 2009

It's a busier Friday than usual due to a few in-season tournaments taking place this weekend. Tournaments in Puerto Rico and Charleston are into the semifinals while the championship and third-place games will take place in the Coaches vs. Cancer event in New York. Villanova/Dayton kicks things off at 3 PM on ESPNU while both games from Madison Square Garden can be seen on ESPN2 at 5 and 7 PM. But for as good as Syracuse/North Carolina and the opening semi in San Juan look there are also intriguing games not on national television.

Seton Hall travels to Cornell, taking on a team that's already beaten Alabama and UMass this season. There are also a quartet of games each in St. Thomas and Daytona Beach with Tennessee/East Carolina looking to be the lone blowout on paper. And there are a couple of good-looking games late on the West Coast, with Vanderbilt visiting St. Mary's on their way to Maui and BYU visiting Hawaii. 


#19 Georgia Tech vs. George Mason - 1PM - ESPNU (San Juan)
#21 Dayton vs. #6 Villanova - 3PM - ESPNU (San Juan)
#12 California vs. #15 Ohio State - 5PM - ESPN2 (NYC)
Toledo @ Michigan State - 6:30PM - Big Ten Network
#24 Syracuse vs. #4 North Carolina - 7PM - ESPN2
Ole Miss vs. Kansas State - 8:30PM - ESPNU


Miami vs. UNC Wilmington - 3PM (Charleston)
NC State vs. Akron - 3:30PM (Daytona Beach)
St. Joseph's vs. Boston College - 6PM (St. Thomas)
Seton Hall @ Cornell - 7PM
Miami (OH) vs. Louisiana Tech - 8PM (Albuquerque)
Vanderbilt @ St. Mary's - 11:30PM
BYU @ Hawaii - 12:05AM


Boston College over St. Joseph's: The Eagles were picked to finish in the bottom half of the ACC yet outside of Tyrese Rice they returned all their key players from last season's team. And when you've got one of the more underrated coaches around in Al Skinner you tend to get ignored by the masses. Very good coaching matchup here between Skinner and Phil Martelli but the pick here goes with Rakim Sanders and Joe Trapani.