A huge evening in DII Iba as quite a few ranked teams go up against one another.
#6 Lees Mcrae takes on #15 Franklin Pierce - these two teams, which are always solid, are primed to have huge seasons. Lees-McRae has a scary roster with 10 upperclassmen.
#8 St. Edwards vs. #17 Cal Poly Pomona - two different styles of play - St. Eds (my wife's alma mater) relies heavily on excellent athleticism and defense, whereas Cal Poly Pomona relies on very good ball-handling and passing skills, and a wonderful assist-to-turnover ratio.
#9 Hillsdale vs. #25 Northeastern St. - Hillsdale has 5 scorers in double figures, which makes their offense very difficult to slow down. NE St. is trying to rebound from a surprising 2nd round defeat last season when they had a very strong team. They're a little younger this year.
#11 Wayne St. at #16 U. of the Sciences - Wayne St. didn't have the strongest starting schedule at (4-0), but they destroyed Armstrong Atlantic, their first real test. U. of the Sciences is 3-1, but is very well tested, having beaten Longwood, SE Oklahoma St. and Northeastern St, and only losing to #1 Pfieffer. They also somehow are starting a player shooting at %091 percent for the year. Maybe this guy has some major dirt on coach mhollebeek's sordid past.
#12 Bellarmine at #21 Pittsburg St. - master gameplanner Greenhawks has 8 upperclassmen, and his Bellarmine squad plays an absolute killer schedule. Expect them to be in the mix at the end of the season. Pittsburg St. scores 90 a game, and their reserves score more than their starters. They also play extremely mean defense, making them an exciting team to watch.