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Sacramento State (3-0, 2-0 D1) at UC-Santa Barbara (5-1, 4-1 D1) – 10:00 PM EST (BigWest.tv)
Tonight’s highlighted game pits the Hornets of Sacramento State against the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos. All of the Hornet’s action against D-1 competition has come against Big West schools – the first win was a crosstown matchup against UC-Davis in overtime (at the Golden 1 Center); their last game was a home win against Cal State-Fullerton. Both Marcus Graves and Ethan Esposito currently average 15 points a game for Sacramento State in their first three games.
Interestingly enough, three out of UCSB’s four wins have come against Big Sky foes – two of which came in the Idaho Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase over the weekend against Portland State and Idaho. Armond Davis leads the Gauchos with 14.3 points per game through their first six games played thus far this season.
OTHER NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTED GAMES
-Michigan really continues to impress. For the second time this season they absolutely blew out a highly ranked team. They ran away from North Carolina in the second half last night.
-Florida State held on to beat Purdue in a game that saw quite a few momentum shifts. It was a really nice win for the Seminoles, who now have two wins against ranked teams on their profile.
-Virginia remains unbeaten after picking up a tough road win against Maryland. The Hoos are good again.
-Syracuse is now awake. After sleepwalking through the first couple of weeks and missing out on opportunities for notable wins, they went into Ohio State and got a huge OOC road win on their profile. They held a lead pretty much through the entire second half of the game.
-Rutgers!!! They tried to blow it at Miami FL after holding a lead for pretty much the entire game, but just weren’t able to do it. A huge win for the Scarlet Knights as they improve to 5-1 on the year.
-ALABAMA AT UCF. Both teams are off to pretty good starts, and both have some decent wins, but neither team has a win that really pops yet. Today’s win may not pop either for whoever pulls it off, but it’s still a good match-up between two teams that are off to good starts.
-UC Irvine got another nice road win at Saint Mary’s. The Eaters are now 7-1 on the year, with three true road wins.
-BELMONT AT SAMFORD. Two UTR teams that are off to really strong starts. We knew Belmont would be pretty good, but the start Samford is off to is kind of a surprise. This could be a fun one tonight.
-GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT ARIZONA. Georgia Southern comes in at 5-1 and has some decent wins to go with it. They’re ranked really high in a lot of these early season metrics. Tonight is a chance to see what they can do against Arizona, who is also still trying to put some big wins together for their season.
-CAL BAPTIST AT UC RIVERSIDE. We have been waiting for this one for a long time!! Ever since Cal Baptist announced they were moving up to div1, we have been looking forward to the Battle of Riverside!!!!
-Sacred Heart @ Boston College
-McNeese @ SMU
-Bethesda (nondiv1) @ LMU
-Milwaukee @ Buffalo