Mass. College Hoops: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Jan.18-19)
It’s Friday, which means it is officially time to unveil our five games to watch in college basketball this weekend.
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Northeastern University at Delaware (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.) – Can anyone stop the Huskies? They’re seriously on fire!
On Wednesday, Northeastern earned its fifth consecutive Colonial Athletic Association conference victory by defeating Hofstra at Matthews Arena, 65-60. Sophomore Quincy Ford netted a game-high 24 points in the win, while senior Joel Smith sank his 200th career three-pointer.
The Huskies 5-0 mark is their best start in conference play since 2008-09. They’ve won six of their last seven outings and will attempt to preserve their mark with a victory against a Blue Hens team, which is coming off a loss to Towson.
St. Anselm at Assumption College (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) – This is a critical Northeast-10 Conference match. Both teams are 12-2 overall, but the Hounds of Assumption are 9-1 in conference play. Assumption hasn’t lost in 2013, as they’ve defeated Bentley University, Southern New Hampshire and Stonehill College, while St. A’s is currently on a seven-game winning streak and hasn’t dropped a contest since losing to UMass-Lowell in December.
Freshman Roy Mabrey, who’s averaging 18.4 points per game, has enjoyed a successful first season with the Hawks and will certainly be someone the Hounds will have to locate on offense.
MIT at WPI (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.) – WPI has won 17 consecutive games this season and continues to climb in the rankings. In their first conference clash against Babson College a few weeks ago, the Engineers forced the Beavers to turn the ball over 17 times en route to numerous points off transition.
Freshman Zach Karalis continues to be a spark for WPI off the bench. He recorded 14 points in his team’s last win against Clark.
MIT started the season as the number one team in the land, but ever since they’ve dealt with a few setbacks and some injuries. However, Larry Anderson’s squad has won three of their last four contests.
Boston University at New Hampshire (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.) – The Terriers have won 12 consecutive contests and a win on Saturday would match their longest winning streak from a year ago.
Four members of the BU squad recorded double-digits in their most recent win against Maine on Wednesday, which extended their recorded to 15-3, 5-0 in America East play. Senior Chantell Alford netted five trifectas against the Black Bears and is one shy of tying Alex Young’s school record of 218.
Williams College at Babson College (Friday, 6:00 p.m.) – The Beavers recently checked in as the 20th best team in the nation this week, and on Wednesday, they overcame a three-point deficit at halftime to defeat Clark University, 70-62.
Senior Sarah Collins continues to be the biggest challenge for opposing coaches and players, as she recorded her 13th double-double of the season against the Cougars.
Last year Williams downed Babson, 61-39 on their home court, but this year it could be a different story; especially with the way the Beavers underclassmen have been playing.