Hoops du Jour
SFU men at Wagner
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Spiro Sports Center, Staten Island, N.Y.
Records: Saint Francis (10-7, 4-2 NEC); Wagner (11-6, 4-2)
Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 71-102 in his sixth season at Saint Francis and overall. Bashir Mason is 98-75 in his sixth season at Wagner and overall.
Probable starters: Saint Francis — G Jamaal King, 5-10 Jr. (18.2), G Keith Braxton, 6-4 So. (17.8), G Andre Wolford, 6-2 Jr. (14.5), G Malik Harmon, 6-0 Sr. (3.4), C Deivydas Kuzavas, 6-8 So. (8.4). Wagner — G JoJo Cooper, 6-0 Sr. (14.1), G Blake Francis, 6-0 So. (18.1), G Romone Sanders, 6-3 Jr. (11.3), F Nigel Jackson, 6-7 Fr. (6.7), F AJ Sumbry, 6-8 Jr. (6.9).
Notes: The last time these teams met produced a sensational finish as Braxton hit an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to give SFU a win in the NEC Tournament semifinals. … Both teams come in tied for second in the NEC at 4-2, so this is a big game that could come into play for tourney seeding down the road. The Flash, therefore, could really get a boost from a win here in the opener of a two-game road swing that includes a trip to Sacred Heart on Saturday. … King was named NEC co-player of the week last week after scoring 27 points in a win at Robert Morris and a career-high 31 in a loss to Mount St. Mary’s. … King has taken over the top spot in scoring on the team from Braxton as he’s now averaging 18.2 per game. … ESPN’s matchup projector gives SFU only a 39 percent chance of winning.
Mirror prediction: Wagner 79, Saint Francis 75
Comment: A very difficult game to predict between two solid NEC teams. The Flash probably are the better team, but Wagner is a very difficult place to win, and the Seahawks will be out for revenge after last year’s heartbreaking NEC tourney loss.
Mirror prediction record: 13-4
— Cory Giger
PSU women vs Rutgers
Tipoff: 7 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Records: Penn State (11-8), Rutgers (17-3)
Coaches: Coquese Washington is 192-143 in her tenth season at Penn State and overall. C. Vivian Stringer is 474-258 in her 23rd season at Rutgers and 994-393 overall.
Radio: Live audio at gopsusports.com
Probable Starters: Penn State — G Teniya Page, 5-7 Jr. (16.6), G Amari Carter, 5-8 So. (15.5), G Jaida Travascio-Green, 6-2 So. (12.1), G Siyeh Frazier, 5-9 So. (8.0), F De’Janae Boykin, 6-2 So. (6.9). Rutgers — G Tyler Scaife, 5-9 Sr. (21.1), G Khadaizha Sanders, 5-7 Jr. (4.5), G Kathleen Fitzpatrick, 5-9 Sr. (1.2), F Stasha Carey, 6-2 Jr. (7.2), C/F Victoria Harris, 6-3 Jr. (4.1).
Notes: Penn State beat Wisconsin 69-62 Sunday. Carter and Travascio-Green each chipped in at least 20 points. Carter leads the team with 18.6 points per game over the last five…..Rutgers defeated Minnesota 80-70 in overtime Saturday. Scaife is the third Scarlet Knight to record 2,000 points in her career. She has led the team in scoring in 19 of 20 games this season.
Mirror prediction: Rutgers 69, Penn State 60
Comment: Rutgers defeated Penn State 70-65 earlier this month.
Mirror prediction record: 13-6
— Thomas Schlarp