Trio Of Mid-Major College Hoops Games On Tap Saturday

By: Willie Bee | Friday, November 16, 2012

San Diego State Aztecs at Missouri State Bears
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Date:
11/17/2012 at 2:05 p.m. (ET)
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San Diego State Aztecs: Coach Steve Fisher's Aztecs (1-1 straight-up, 0-1 against the spread) bounced back from a season-opening defeat vs. Syracuse (62-49) with an easy 91-57 skate past San Diego Christian in an unlined contest on Wednesday. San Diego State remains in the Top 25 of both the Coaches and AP polls. Junior Jamaal Franklin leads the team with 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Missouri State Bears: Coach Paul Lusk and the Bears (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) tuned up for this matchup with an 89-61 win over tiny Philander Smith College. A couple of freshmen, Gavin Thurman and Marcus Marshall, came off the bench to lead Mo State in scoring with 19 and 16 points, respectively. Another redshirt frosh, Drew Wilson, recorded a double-double in his collegiate debut (12 points, 11 rebounds).


Drexel Dragons at Pennsylvania Quakers
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Date:
11/17/2012 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
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Drexel Dragons: Coach James Flint and the Dragons (0-2 SU and ATS) are still searching for their first win and cover of the young season after dropping a couple of close affairs as favorites the first two times out. Drexel started the schedule with a 66-62 loss at Kent State, which was getting 7½ points from the college basketball oddsmakers, and then fell at home on Thursday to Illinois State as 5½-point chalk.

Pennsylvania Quakers: After beginning the season with an 80-75 victory vs. Maryland-Baltimore County in an unlined game, Penn (1-2 SU, 0-1-1 ATS) suffered consecutive setbacks in the NIT Tip-Off Tournament to Delaware and Fairfield. The Quakers were 9½-point underdogs in the 84-69 defeat to Delaware, then "pushed" as 9-point 'dogs against Fairfield. Junior forward Fran Dougherty leads Penn in scoring (20.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg).


Drake Bulldogs at Detroit Titans
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Date:
11/17/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
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Drake Bulldogs: The 'Dogs (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) hit the court for just the second time this season following a 96-66 warmup vs. William Jewell. Senior forward Ben Simons paced Drake with 25 points while junior guard Richard Carter added 19 and freshman forward Joey King chipped in 12. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 62.5 percent from beyond the arc in the contest (15-of-24).

Detroit Titans: Coach Ray McCallum and the Titans (1-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) are coming off a tough 77-74 loss at St. John's on Tuesday that saw the Red Storm rally to just cover the 2½-point line. Facing the youngest Division I team, Detroit went into the locker room up by eight before St. John's fought back in the final 20 minutes. Ray McCallum, the coach's son, leads the Titans, averaging 21.5 points and five assists per game.

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