By Matt Noonan
With the holiday celebrations in the rearview mirror, a majority of local teams will be returning to the court this afternoon and evening for various tournaments or non-conference games.
Here are a few teams that you should keep an eye on as the weekend progresses.
* Holy Cross will invade Boston College’s campus on Saturday afternoon for a non-conference tilt. The Crusaders have won three of their last five and four of their last seven, and have relied heavily on junior Dave Dudzinski, who currently leads the squad with 15.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds.
* Harvard’s experienced a great deal of ups and downs this season, and hasn’t strung together more than two wins. They have a chance to earn their longest winning streak on Saturday evening when they travel to California to face the Golden Bears. Wesley Saunders’ play has improved since last year, and he currently leads the Crimson in points per game (15.8).
* Boston University started their season with five straight losses, but ever since they’ve won five of their last seven. The Terriers netted 24 points in both halves in their most recent loss to Belmont, but will try to rebound with a win on Saturday against Howard in the University of Central Florida Holiday Tournament.
* Northeastern recently snapped its five-game skid with a victory against Central Connecticut State before Christmas. Now the Huskies will look to even their record when they travel to University of Alabama at Birmingham on Saturday.
* Can anyone stop UMass? The Minutemen are on a roll, and have won four of their last five contests. On Saturday they’ll attempt to earn their eighth win against Northern Illinois.
* Assumption College remains the top squad in the Northeast-10, and they’ll attempt to remain where they are with wins against Holy Family and Philadelphia University at the East Region Classic at Stonehill College.
* UMass Lowell is 2-1 in the current month, and will seek to conclude their 2012 slate with a win on Sunday against the University of the District of Columbia.