- Tough loss last night for Eastern Illinois, which had absolutely no answer for Towson’s Terrance West. (Full Recap here) Credit Towson’s defense too; Eastern Illinois was held to a lot of short passes, and their receivers were often wrapped up before they could break open for big yards. It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Panthers. Their coach’s name will no doubt come up in coaching searches, they’re losing two of the best offensive players in the OVC in recent history, and the conference appears to be getting better on the gridiron. It really was a great season for EIU, an amazingly fun ride, and now we’re all Gamecocks, as they look to punch their ticket tonight to the semifinals on the red turf (bleh) of Eastern Washington.
- The NCAA released new data, coupled with plenty of spin, about how the new foul rules were affecting the game. Their results: teams are scoring five more points a game than last year, field goal percentage is up, turnover average is down, and there are (only?) four more fouls a game than last year. It seems like the adjustments are taking place now that these rules have been in place for two months, but the perception of many fans is going to take much longer to change. The most entertaining part of the entire article? The opening sentence: “Behold the new world of college basketball.” Yep, it’s your monster, NCAA. Might as well embrace it.
- Today’s Slate:
Eastern Kentucky at No. 4 Wisconsin This one is already underway as I type. EKU has had plenty of time to prepare, but this Wisconsin team is good, and can punish the Colonels on the interior. That’s the story early in this one, at least.
Jacksonville State at Dartmouth: The line on this surprised me a bit, with the Big Green seven and a half point favorites at last check. This is a team that can score, and played Illinois fairly close early this week. The Gamecocks defense improved against Alcorn State, and need to see it continue to excel.
Belmont at South Dakota State: Last year, this would have been a game to watch. This year…meh. The Jackrabbits don’t have a signature win, and have struggled mighitily defending the perimeter. Good thing the Bruins aren’t a good three-point shoo…oh wait. Nevermind.
SIUE at IPFW: Okay, Edwardsville, show me what you’ve got. Previewed this game a bit yesterday, but didn’t mention how the Mastadons will look to challenge the Cougars on the interior. SIUE really needs to establish an inside game, and IPFW isn’t going to make it easy.
Liberty at Austin Peay: This is another good measuring stick game for the Governors. The Flames have won three straight, but not beaten any really good teams. You get them at home, this should be a win. Should being the operative word.
Illinois-Chicago at Southeast Missouri: SEMO’s finals week is actually next week, meaning they have wait just a little longer before Auburn transfer Josh Langford becomes eligible. UIC has two really talented guard, which could challenge the Redhawks backcourt, but SEMO should have a field day in the paint.
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