Lees-McRae (6-3) at Drury (8-1): Dennyj's Lees-McRae team owns a 6-3 record, as they've racked up some wins before tough CVAC conference play. Two losses were by a combined 6 points, and they held their own with highly ranked Bryant. The Jr backcourt tandem of Nevin & Dasilva combine for 25 ppg, while the team holds opponents to 39% from the floor. Fresh off a 4-1 performance in the Yam Jam, bentlie29 and Drury swing by the Challenge sporting an 8-1 overall record, the lone blemish an OT loss to Yam Jam Champ Lander. Drury's athletic man--to-man keeps them in any game (holding opponents to 39%), while the 5 senior starters provide enough points to win most nights. Drury favored by 5.
Longwood (5-4) at Incarnate Word (8-1): Reigning champion bbunch and Longwood must have been a little hungover from all the celebrating in Farmville, dropping 4 of 5 games to start the season. Nevermind that 3 of the 4 were to ranked teams, bunch has the ship righted and went 4-1 in the Yarnell. Billy Gardner and Nathan Matamoros provide the offensive skill for this athletic & defensive oriented bunch. Incarnate Word is off to an uncharacteristic hot start to the season, going 8-1, with the lone loss to #1 Northeastern St. A polar opposite to Longwood, this bunch of unathletic oafs doesn't play a lick of defense and relies on outscoring their opponents. Douglas Chiodo (the one guy who could play for Longwood) leads the way with over 17 ppg. I-Word by a bucket, but I'm not buying it for a minute.
St Mary's (TX) (7-2) at Belmont Abbey (7-2): Mduncanhogs has been living right. 3 of St Mary's victories have been in OT, while a 4th was on a made shot with 0:08 in regulation. Johnny Barrows & George Spinks are a dynamic inside-out duo with a combined 32 ppg. It's been a tale of two schedules for crashdive and Belmont Abbey. On the one hand, the two games against top notch competition have resulted in two double-digit losses. On the other hand, recognizing the CVAC conference schedule provides enough strength of schedule for any team, the 7 victories have come against teams that will be lucky to qualify for the NT. Kenneth Nunnally scores 15 ppg off the bench. Second leading scorer Edward Fells is nursing a hamstring pull. St Mary's is favored by 3.