College Hoops Sunday: Your Commentary

December 20th, 2009

Sunday will likely be anti-climactic when compared to an eventful Saturday but there are some important games on the schedule. Two ACC games are on the docket with Florida State's trip to Atlanta likely having more national appeal. Two of the better big men in the ACC will be on display in Florida State's Solomon Alabi and Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal. The Yellow Jackets also have one of the nation's best freshmen in Derrick Favors and the other Seminole big men will have a battle on their hands with he and Zachary Peacock. But with the number of quality big men sure to be on the floor look for the guards to ultimately determine the outcome. 

As for the second half of that doubleheader NC State heads to Winston Salem to take on Wake Forest with both teams looking to continue their solid starts. The Demon Deacons have a lot of talent but the issue that could be a problem in the future is their lack of playmakers on the perimeter outside of Ish Smith. Al-Farouq Aminu and L.D. Williams are both immensely talented players who can get things done on the wings and Chas McFarland will lead a deep interior. Sidney Lowe's Wolfpack don't have the overall size of Wake Forest but they've got a pair of talented forwards in Tracy Smith and Dennis Horner leading the way. If Javier Gonzalez and Julius Mays can lead the way in the backcourt State will have a chance to pull off the road win. 

As for other action the most important development may be the first game for UConn F Ater Majok. Considered by many to be the most talented member of last year's team the native of the Sudan by way of Australia makes his first appearance in a Husky uniform. But Connecticut should be ready for a battle; UCF gave them all they wanted in Orlando in their last meeting. The Sunday schedule won't overshadow the NFL but there are some decent games to keep an eye on. 


Noon MSG/FCS-Atl Cornell vs Davidson
2p MSG/FCS-Atl Hofstra at St. John's
5:30p FSN Florida St at Georgia Tech
7:45p FSN NC State at Wake Forest 


1p UCF at Connecticut
1p Fairfield at Rhode Island
2p Sam Houston State at Auburn
2p Bradley at Iowa State
4p Charlotte at Winthrop
5p USF at San Diego


Georgia Tech over Florida State: Going with the Yellow Jackets here due to the play of freshman Mfon Udofia and sophomore Iman Shumpert in the backcourt. The Seminoles have talent at the guard positions as well with the likes of Derwin Kitchen and Michael Snaer but they're also (as a team) among the nation's worst in turnovers per game (18.0). Georgia Tech is slightly better at just over sixteen per contest and that will be the difference in a close contest.