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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sunday Night Hoops

I'm headed to the game....and you should be too.

Robert Morris took care of business this afternoon. An easy win and no real surprise. They are playing well again.

But the focus today must be on Sacred Heart. The Mount and the Pioneers split a pair during the regular season. The Mount won in January and the Pioneers in December. Sacred Heart has been great since that loss to the Mount, dropping only two games since then. So its another game against another hot opponent.

I think the Mount will be more than ready. I expect Jeremy Goode to have the type of night that we are accustomed to seeing from #1. And Jean Cajou seemed to find a rhythm in the second half on Thursday night. Plus Kelly Beidler who has been sensational in the postseason in his Mount career continues to play well.

The trouble is Sacred Heart has so many weapons and so many guys who can get hot from the outside, like Joey Mundweiler did the other night. Be especially wary of Chauncey Hardy. Corey Hassan is their best player, even though a lot of the attention goes to Joey Henley. Henley is good but its Hassan who can really change a game. He's a 6-4 shooter, so finding the right match could be tough for the Mount. It could be Beidler, it could be Cajou who get the call. The other factors in the SHU win in December were Ryon Howard and Mehmet Sahan. Both had big nights but were pretty well neutralized in the rematch.

I think the Mount wins tonight. I don't expect that it will be nearly as easy as the RMU game was this afternoon. But I think the Mount will either open up space very early and have to fight off a Pioneer rally or open up a close game early in the second half and control from there. I'm looking at a 72-61 final.

Now get to the game.

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