#18 Rockhurst (2-1) -1 at #15 Queen's U (2-1): The opening night of the Challenge has a couple of great matchups. Unipanther takes the Rockhurst Hawks on the road to NC to visit muskies85's Queen's squad.
Pre-season #4 Rockhurst dropped its opener on the road against S New Hampshire, followed by a pair of easy road victories against no one in particular. But don't let the lack of resume fool you: The Rock has some players. Four players score in double-digits: PFs Jack Fulmer & Allen Weaver, SF Conrad Inoue, and PG Bruce Jessup. Rockhurst goes 12-deep, scoring 90 ppg. The team averages 55% from the field, with only one player less than 50%. They score in bunches.
Queen's owns an impressive victory over Goldey-Beacom and a 2 point loss to West Georgia. Bigmen Irving Bullard & George Batchelor lead the way for Queens, pouring in a collective 35 ppg. Don't sleep on three-point threat Fred Molden. Fred is 7 for 11 from deep on the young season.
Queen's has some defenders that can lock down opponents in their man-to-man, having the advantage on ATH & DEF. Rockhurst will have a speed & passing advantage, as well as more offensive skill. The Rock will try to press the Queen's guards with their depth.
#3 Limestone (3-0) at #6 Valdosta St (3-0) -1: How about this matchup? Brianxavier takes Limestone to GA to battle alazer & Valdosta St.
Limestone has been heavy favorites in their first three games, although they eeked out a one point victory at LIU, CW Post. Limestone's attack is fairly balanced but SRs William "Willie" Nelson and Eric Avery lead the way with almost 23 ppg. Limestone dominates opponents on the boards, enjoying an almost 9 rpg advantage.
Perhaps we should rename alazer. Aldavis might be more appropriate as Valdosta St has just won baby in their first three games. SRs Wayne Pickering and Andrew Oliver barely crack double-digits, but pace Valdosta's balanced attack.
Limestone appears to have plenty of advantages, but alazer has found a way this season. Oddsmakers believe, making home-team Valdosta a one-point favorite.