Games to Watch: Tip-off Week!

Week 1 is from Monday the 8th, through Sunday the 14th:

Monday 8th:
Rhode Island @ #4 Pittsburgh – 7ET – ESPNU – Rhode Island is a tough team that will compete in the upper half of the solid A10 this season. They will likely be a bubble team all season and should give the Panthers a run for their money.

Friday 12th:
Seton Hall @ #22 Temple – 730ET – Somehow, this game won’t be on TV unless something changes. Seton Hall is poised to crack the Top 8 of the BE in their rematch with Temple. Seton Hall blew a sizable lead in the second half last year in Newark. Temple is a very tough team to play at home.
Northern Iowa @ #13 Syracuse – 7ET – ESPN3.com Northern Iowa made a magical run in last season’s NCAA tournament. They are missing some key pieces from that squad, but are still a scary mid-major.
#21 Georgetown @ Old Dominion – 7ET – Comcast (local) The Hoyas travel to play the defending CAA champs who lost their leading scorer Gerald Lee. They are still a dangerous team that has been picked to win the CAA again. Upset alert.

Sunday 14th:
Maine @ Maryland – 2ET – Comcast Sports Net
Maine and Boston University are the favorites to win the American East. Maine should give the Terps a scare.

–Fringe Games–

Saturday 13th:
St. Peters @ Robert Morris – 4ET –
St. Peters should contend for the MAAC title if they are healthy since they return their entire team. They are banged up, though. Robert Morris is looking to rebuild after losing Mike Rice to Rutgers. Karon Abraham is one of the best guards in the NEC.
Vermont @ Siena – 7ET – Time Warner Cable Sports Vermont loses 4 starters, but they always seems to churn out solid teams. Siena loses a lot, but they still have Jackson and Rossiter upfront. They should fight Fairfield for the MAAC auto-bid.

Things should heat up next week or two as some ranked teams start playing other ranked opponents in the big OOC tournaments.

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