College Hoops Monday: Your Commentary

December 7th, 2009

It's a light Monday on the schedule but there are some intriguing matchups to be seen. At the top of the list is Massachusetts heading to New Jersey to take on an undefeated yet relaitvely untested Seton Hall squad. The Pirates' best win came at Cornell and all they've done since then is quietly take care of business against inferior competition. Bobby Gonzalez's team is going to play fast and the importance of the addition of Herb Pope can't be overstated. He's added another interior presence to the team and the New Mexico State transfer is currently averaging a double-double. Jeremy Hazell and Jermel Jenkins are the long-range specialists and Jordan Theodore has played well off the bench when replacing Eugene Harvey at the point.

But Derek Kellogg's team likes to run as well, and in Ricky Harris and Anthony Gurley the Minutemen have one of the most explosive backcourt tandems in the Atlantic 10. The key for UMass will be their performance on the glass, something that's gone from glaring weakness to a strength for the Pirates. Both teams are going to ramp up the pressure on defense, making the margins in both turnovers and points off turnovers even more important. If you can find this one on television be sure to check it out; this could go down to the wire. 


7p ESPNU Michigan State at The Citadel
8p CSS/CSNW/CST Virginia at Auburn
9p ESPNU Long Beach State at Texas 


7p Massachusetts at Seton Hall
7p Charleston at UNC Greensboro
7:30p Siena at Iona
8:05p Western Carolina at Bradley  


Seton Hall over Massachusetts: They haven't been tested since the early win at Cornell but the number of bodies up front that the Pirates have will be the difference. John Garcia and Robert "Stix" Mitchell are also back and both are averaging seven rebounds per game to go along with Herb Pope's eleven. Pirates win by four at The Rock.