Monday, March 12, 2007

Previewing the Play-In Game

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I fired up the old Xbox with my copy of College Hoops 2k7, loaded the official team rosters, set the halves to 20 minutes and picked Dayton Arena as the location. I let the computer control both teams and let Niagara be the home team since they had the better record. And after a thrilling game, Florida A&M prevailed 60-58. While the Purple Eagles outshot (51% to 44%) and outrebounded (29 to 26) FAMU, they fell short in the turnover battle, coughing the ball up 30 times to the Rattlers' 20. Florida A&M won the battle in the paint as well. outscoring Niagara 42-26.

Junior SG Leslie Robinson led the way for the Rattlers with 15 points, 4 assists and 5 steals. Senior C Rome Sanders was the other FAMU player in double figures with 14. Sanders also added 4 steals and pulled down 3 rebounds in the victory. The Rattlers bench outscored Niagara's 14-6, had more second chance points (14-10) and more fast break points as well (10-2).

Niagara had three players in double figures despite the losing effort. Senior PF Cliff Brown led all scorers with 18 points while adding 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Senior SF J.R. Duffey had 13 points and 7 boards to go along with 2 assists and 2 steals. Senior PG Lorenzo Miles had 11 points to go along with 7 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.

Is this a glimpse of what is to come? We won't know for sure until the teams tip off from Dayton tomorrow night at 7:30. Join TFT as I will try my best to liveblog the thing. Feel free to toss your 2 cents in by leaving a comment or emailing KrilDog@gmail.com during the game. I'll also have some sort of preview of Thursday's action on Wed night and I know Studicus will be back in action soon enough as well. See you tomorrow night!

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