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Preview Roundups
November 14, 2012
Lipscomb at Gardner-Webb 6:00 PM ET
DePaul will host the first of two games in the Cancun Challenge as Gardner-Webb comes to suburban Chicago after playing Wednesday night. The Runnin' Bulldogs dropped a tough 66-62 decision at home to Lipscomb and faces a rested Blue Demons contingent which has not played since opening the season with an easy win over UC Riverside. The Runnin' Bulldogs are in a stretch of five games in seven days. After opening the tournament at DePaul, Gardner-Webb will bus west to face Iowa this weekend.
Wisconsin at Florida 7:00 PM ET
Defense is the focal point as Florida hosts Wisconsin on Wednesday. The No. 20 Badgers, who posted an 87-47 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in Sunday's opener, led Division I in scoring defense last season. Meanwhile, the Gators allowed only nine first-half points - setting a shot-clock era team record for fewest points allowed in a half - during Sunday's 84-35 victory against Alabama State.
Presbyterian at Georgia Tech 7:00 PM ET
Georgia Tech was one of the nation’s lowest-scoring teams in 2011-12, but the Yellow Jackets hope to post a second-consecutive strong offensive showing to start the new season when Presbyterian visits McCamish Pavilion on Wednesday. Georgia Tech shot 56.1 percent from the floor, putting four players in double figures in a 79-61 victory over Tulane on Friday. Junior Kammeon Holsey showed few signs of an injured ankle that limited his preseason practice time, scoring 18 points in 18 minutes.
Liberty at Georgetown 7:00 PM ET
Georgetown looks to garner its second straight victory in the Washington Regional of the Legends Classic when Liberty visits the nation's capital on Wednesday. The Hoyas, coming off a season-opening 61-55 victory over Duquesne, are led by a contingent of young talent that is expected to keep Georgetown on the rise. Freshman guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a game-high 19 points in the opener while sophomore Greg Whittington added eight points and a career-best 15 rebounds.
Nebraska Omaha at Texas Tech 8:00 PM ET
Texas Tech interim coach Chris Walker picked up his first career victory last week, but it wasn't easy for the inexperienced Red Raiders, who will host Nebraska Omaha on Wednesday. Prairie View A&M cut Texas Tech's 20-point lead down to eight in the second half Friday. There will be growing pains for a team with seven new players, including two freshmen, but the Red Raiders had four players in double figures in the 89-79 victory.
UAB at Creighton 8:05 PM ET
Creighton continues its season-opening homestand when they host Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday. The Bluejays are coming off a season-opening 71-51 victory over Sun Belt Conference favorite North Texas. Junior forward and consensus All-American Doug McDermott looks to have picked up right where he left off the past two seasons as he scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the No. 13 Bluejays, who won 70-60 at UAB last year.
Utah Valley at Washington St. 10:00 PM ET
Two-time defending Great West Conference champion Utah Valley concludes a grueling three-game, six-day NBA-style road trip at Washington State on Wednesday. The trek began in Indianapolis and had a stop in Greensboro, N.C., on Monday night. Washington State, which returns two starters from a squad that finished 19-18 and lost to Pittsburgh in the finals of the College Basketball Invitational, won its season opener at home Saturday over Eastern Washington 88-69.