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Monday, February 18, 2013
High Point at VMI
7 p.m., Cameron Hall
Records: High Point (15-10, 10-3 Big South), VMI (11-13, 6-6).
Notes: High Point won its sixth straight game Saturday at Liberty to clinch a share of the North Division title and a bye in the Big South tournament that will be contested March 5 to 10 in Conway, S.C. VMI could still tie for the division crown if it wins its last four league games and High Point loses its final three conference games. ... The Keydets, who lead Radford and Campbell by a half-game for second in the North, have lost three straight and six of their past eight games, including three straight at usual comfortable Cameron. The second-place finisher in the division earns a first-round bye in the tournament. ... The Keydets are 0-3 in their attempt to give Duggar Baucom his 116th coaching win at VMI, which would tie the program record. While D.J. Covington had a career-high 31 points and 15 rebounds in VMI’s 87-78 loss at Campbell on Saturday, senior star forward Stan Okoye was a dismal 3-for-15 from the field and held to nine points. Point guard Rodney Glasgow was replaced by Joe Carr in the starting lineup and played only five minutes and didn’t take a shot. ... High Point took the first meeting 96-69 on Jan. 23. Allan Chaney, a transfer from Virginia Tech, had 19 points as the Panthers shot 58.6 percent from the field and broke a seven-game losing streak in the series.
Campbell at Radford
7 p.m., Dedmon Center
Records: Campbell (11-16, 6-7 Big South), Radford (12-15, 6-7)
Notes: With the Big South Conference tournament looming the week of March 5 , these remaining regular season games are taking on more of a postseason feel because of their urgency in terms of seedings. In this case, tonight’s game is an outright battle for third place in the North Division. A High Point win at VMI tonight could catapult the winner of this game into second, a desirable slot give that the top two teams in the divisions have opening round byes in the tournament. … This is one of two remaining home games for the Highlanders, who are 8-3 in the Dedmon Center including 4-2 in the conference. … Radford raised its free throw percentage 30 points in the past three games and still trails the Big South at 63.9 percent. … Trey Freeman leads the Camels in scoring (14 pp) and the league in assists (6.1 apg). … Campbell is 10th of 12 conference teams in scoring defense (73.1) and last in 3-pointers per game (4.1). … Radford’s Javonte Green has averaged 20.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals the last three games.
Virginia at No. 2 Miami
9 p.m., BankUnited Center
Records: Virginia (18-7, 8-4) at #2 Miami (21-3, 12-0)
Last meeting: The Cavaliers defeated the Hurricanes 52-51 on Jan. 7, 2012 in Charlottesville.
UVa probable starters: G Joe Harris (16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg), F Akil Mitchell (12.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg), F Justin Anderson (6.8 ppg, 3.2 rpp), G Paul Jesperson (4.9 ppg), G Jontel Evans (4.1 ppg, 5.0 apg).
Miami probable starters: G Durand Scott (13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg), G Shane Larkin (13.2 ppg, 4.2 apg), F Kenny Kadji (13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), G Trey McKinney-Jones (9.2 ppg),C Julian Gamble (6.8 ppg, 46 blocks).
Notes: The Hurricanes have won 13 consecutive games dating back to a 57-55 loss to Indiana State in Hawaii on Christmas Day. … They are 11-0 at home, where they have beaten Duke by 27 points, North Carolina by 26, Florida State by 24 and Boston College by 22. … Virginia enters the game with 163 3-point field goals – two more than they had during a 22-10 season in 2011-2012. UVa’s 3-point accuracy has risen from 33.0 percent last year to 41.1. … UVa’s one-point victory over Miami in Charlottesville last year was preceded by a pair of overtime losses to the ’Canes in 2010-2011.
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