CVAC-Heartland Challenge Season 70 Topic

I seen that 104 point spread. Seemed a little large considering I hadn't scored over 100 this season. Anderson shouldn't be as bad as they are. bscollier didn't setup his team after recruiting and his starters aren't coming off the court. Not good when you're running a FB/press
2/22/2014 2:30 PM
anderson is ghostshipped
2/23/2014 9:26 AM
#23 Lincoln (7-2) at #6 Erskine (7-2):  Lincoln heads on the road is what should be a good matchup between two ranked teams.  Lincoln’s losses have come to #2 Chaminade & #12 Cal Poly Pomona, while Erskine has lost to #14 Lander & #13 Bryant.  Lincoln bombs away from outside, having made nearly as many three-pointers as opponents have attempted this season.  Erskine’s press will have to deal with four guards averaging double-digits for Lincoln as they shoot 39% as a team from deep.  Erskine’s trio of Booth, Ponder, & DeShields provide over 41 ppg as an inside-outside threat.  Erskine favored by a point.  

Lees-McRae (4-5) at Drury (6-3):  Lees-McRae travels to Springfield, MO to take on a athletic defensive minded Drury team.  Lees-McRae has balanced scoring amongst the starters, with leading scorer Anthony Crystal providing the punch off the bench with 10 ppg.  Drury holds opponents to 41% shooting, with scoring courtesy of forwards William Knight & Gerald Campbell and their 10 ppg each.  This one may be ugly, the type of game visiting coach bbunch of Longwood would enjoy.  Drury by six.

Oklahoma Panhandle (6-3) at #8 Limestone (7-2):  Both of these teams are probably a bit underrated, which is crazy when you consider one of them is a top ten team.  OkPan has eight upperclassmen in their motion/press attack (Marvin Bonham and Raymond Coaxum combining for more than 20ppg) and lurks just outside the top 25.  Limestone has two losses, a one point loss to Humboldt St and an OT loss at Wisconsin-Parkside.  Oh and they are fresh off four straight wins in the Yarnell against Hillsdale, St Marys, Harding, and Cal, San Diego.  Junior bigmen and leading scorers William Hussey & Steven Murphy are close to being undefeated.  Did I mention that away from those two, they shoot 41% from deep as a team?  Limestone favored by 4, but they are scary.

#20 Pfeiffer (8-1) at St Edwards (4-5):  Bow2dacowz has ripped off 8 wins in a row with Pfeiffer outscoring opponents by more than 15ppg.  They are accurate from deep, draining them at a 42% clip which is 2% better than opponents shoot from the floor.  St Eds has 5 losses, but they are all to potential tournament teams and they boast the most athletic team (along with Drury) in all of D-II.  They get points from Casey Letieller (13 ppg) and Robert Bunker (10 ppg).  Don’t let the 8 point spread fool you, this is not a comfortable matchup for Pfeiffer.  

#21 St Mary’s (6-3) at Longwood (6-3):  How even can this be?  Both teams are 6-3.  The point spread is even.  Bbunch and mducanhogs are 8-8 against each other.  St Mary’s is looking to break a three game Yarnell-induced skid (by the way, when was the last time St Mary’s lost 3 in a row?).  Aureilio Gallo, in seemingly his eighth year at the university is completing his Doctorate of Marksmanship, scoring over 19 ppg.  Sidekicks Todd Abron & Tyronne Dorr kick in another 22 ppg.  The trio shoots 46%(!) from three-point land.  Since embracing ugly ball, bbunch has 6 straight wins, including wins over Incarnate Word and Northeastern State.  The points aren’t frequent for Longwood, as they score less than 58 ppg, but they seem to get it done.  
2/23/2014 12:41 PM
Erskine 93, Lincoln 61:  Erskine was dominant.  They held Lincoln to 34% from the floor, including 9 of 37(!) deep.  They had a 9 rebound advantage corralling those misses and their press generated twice and many steals (14 to 7) as Lincoln’s.  Lastly they had a 32 shot advantage from the free throw line.  Dylan Booth was PoG with 18 points for Erskine.

Lees-McRae 53, Drury 51:  Lees lead throughout most of this contest, but it wasn’t decided until Drury missed a halfcourt shot as time expired.  Lees-McRae’s Frank Dodd had 13 points and dished out 4 assists to earn PoG in this slow paced affair. Gerald Campbell erased six shots for Drury as they come up just short.

Limestone 72, Oklahoma Panhandle 52:  Oklahoma Panhandle held a slim lead at halftime over talented Limestone, but Limestone came out of the locker room with a purpose after the break.  Limestone outscored OkPan 40-19 in the second half to cruise to victory.  Dan Wilson provided spark off the bench with 13 points and 5 dimes for Limestone to earn PoG.  OkPan turned it over 22 times versus Limestone’s tough man-to-man defense.

Pfeiffer 50, St Edwards 45:  This game was the text book definition of “grinding it out”.  Pfeiffer big man Ed Malm was the difference, with 19 & 9 including 9 of 10 free throw shooting.  Leteiller & Bunker had 31 of St Eds 45 points, but it wasn’t enough.  

St Marys 69, Longwood 58:  St Marys prevents a closing night CVAC sweep.  PoG Aureillo Gallo got his, with a game-high 21 points, but the frontcourt of Arthur Ewing & James Luberger combined for 28.  A second half spurt after Longwood big Claude Posey picked up his 4th foul drove St Marys to the final margin in what had been a hotly contested game to that point.  

CVAC 9, Heartland 3.  Congrats to the CVAC!
2/24/2014 8:13 AM
great updates, dave. Congrats to the CVAC. They dominated the challenge this season.
2/24/2014 7:18 PM
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