Wednesday's Games to Watch
Muhlenberg at Haverford (Women's
A potential playoff preview takes place on the Main Line tonight with a lot more at stake. The Fords (11-7 CC, 16-7) need a win in their final two games to secure their first-ever Centennial tournament berth, while a first-round home game or first-round bye is not out of their reach. The Mules (13-5, 18-5) have a one-game lead over Ursinus in their quest for a first-round bye. Haverford won the year's first meeting, 58-55, in Allentown, snapping a 34-game losing streak to Muhlenberg. But the Fords have not posted a home win over the Mules since 1991 (51-44). Muhlenberg's Alexandra Chili (16.8) leads the Conference in scoring, while Dominique Meeks (12.1) tops the Haverford list.
Ursinus at Washington College (Women's
The Shorewomen (9-9, 14-9) are in a must-win situation against the Bears (12-6, 13-10) - a team still fighting for a first-round bye in next weekend's Centennial tourney. Ursinus defeated Washington, 61-43, back on Jan. 25 for its third win in the last four meetings with its Eastern Shore rival. The game could be won on the boards, as the Shorewomen's Latisha Pledger (10.7 rpg) and the Bears' Lindsay Teuber (9.9 rpg) are 1-4 in the Conference on the glass.
Dickinson at Gettysburg (Women's
The Bullets (9-9, 11-12) hope to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a win over the Red Devils (3-15, 3-20). Gettysburg needs two wins, combined with two losses by Haverford, to force a tie for the final playoff berth. The Orange and Blue defeated Dickinson, 54-42, back on Jan. 25 for its fourth win in the last five meetings against its Route 34 rival. Alyssa Oursler (10.7) leads the Bullets in scoring, while Bridget Borgese tops the Red Devils at 10.5 ppg.
Franklin & Marshall at Johns Hopkins (Men's
The Blue Jays (10-6, 14-9) host the Diplomats (14-2, 21-2) looking to secure a first-round bye for next week's Centennial tournament. The task is defeating the 13th ranked team in the country for the first time at Goldfarb Gym since 2008 (64-59). F&M won the first meeting of the season, 65-40, back on Jan. 25. The Dips cannot afford a loss in their quest for a high seed should they qualify for the NCAA tournament. F&M's Jon Salandra (64.6) and Hopkins' George Bugarinovic (50.3) are two of just six CC players shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
Ursinus at Washington College (Men's
Every game is a must-win for the Bears (7-9, 8-15) from this point forward to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. Standing in Ursinus' way - the Shoremen (9-7, 13-10) - who are one win away from locking up a tournament spot. Washington captured a 73-66 decision in Collegeville on Jan. 25 - its first win at Helfferich Hall in 14 tries - and has won three straight at the Cain Center from the Bears. Two of the CC's top five scorers will look to lead their teams to victory - Washington's Kevin Breslin (17.9, 2nd) and Ursinus' Jon Ward (17.2, 5th).
Muhlenberg at Haverford (Men's Basketball)
See above, changing Haverford (7-9, 9-14) for Ursinus and Muhlenberg (9-7, 15-8) for Washington College. The Mules won the year's first meeting by a 79-69 count in Allentown and holds a 47-14 all-time lead in the series. 'Berg's Spencer Liddic leads the Conference in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (11.2), while shooting 54.6 percent from the field. Haverford's Ian Goldberg shot 69.2 percent, averaging 23.0 points in two games last week.
Dickinson at Gettysburg (Men's Basketball)
The Red Devils (11-5, 14-9) can secure a first-round bye for next weekend's final four with a victory over the Bullets (7-9, 10-13), who are in a must-win situation to remain in the playoff hunt. Dickinson has won three of the last four meetings, including a 44-38 win in Carlisle on Jan. 25. Two of the top freshmen in the Centennial take center stage in the Devils' Gerry Wixted (16.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and the Bullets' Joe Emerusabe (8.8 ppg).