Pittsburgh men at Marquette
Tipoff: 1 p.m., BMO Harris Bradley Center
Records: Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4 in Big East); Marquette (17-6, 8-3 in Big East)
Coaches: Jamie Dixon is 258-82 in his 10th year as head coach at Pittsburgh. Buzz Williams is 113-50 in five years at Marquette and 127-67 in six years overall as a head coach.
Radio: WFBG-AM (1290)
Probable starters: Pittsburgh - G Tray Woodall, 6-0 Sr. (10.9), G James Robinson, 6-3 Fr. (6.1), F Lamar Patterson, 6-5 Jr. (10.1), F Talib Zanna, 6-9 Jr. (10.6), C Steven Adams, 7-0 Fr. (7.2). Marquette - G Junior Cadougan, 6-1 Sr. (8.8), G Vander Blue, 6-4 Jr. (14.6), G Trent Lockett, 6-5 Sr. (7.5), F Juan Anderson, 6-6 So. (3.3), C Chris Otule, 6-11 Sr. (4.9).
Notes: Marquette beat Pittsburgh, 74-67, in overtime at the Petersen Events Center on Jan. 12. ... The Golden Eagles, despite being ranked below Pitt at No. 18 in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN poll are actually a half game ahead of Pitt in the Big East. The Panthers are ranked No. 16 and No. 17 in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, respectively. ... The Panthers haven't played in a week since winning at Cincinnati. Marquette is coming off a 63-55 loss at Georgetown. ... The series is tied 8-8. ... Spero Dedes and Greg Anthony will handle the CBS broadcast.
Mirror prediction: Pittsburgh 68, Marquette 60
Comment: Marquette's lone big win in Big East play was over Pitt. The fresh Panthers will try and cancel that out today.
Mirror prediction record: 20-5
- Michael Boytim
St. Francis men at Quinnipiac
Tipoff: 3 p.m., TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Records: St. Francis (3-21, 3-10 Northeast Conference), Quinnipiac (11-13, 7-5)
Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 3-21 in his first season at St. Francis. Tom Moore is 103-83 in his sixth season at Quinnipiac.
Web stream: NECFrontRow.com
Probable starters: St. Francis - G Umar Shannon, 5-11 R-Jr. (11.9), F Earl Brown, 6-6 So. (10.7), G Ollie Jackson, 6-3 So. (7.6), G Anthony Ervin, 6-3 Sr. (2.9), F Ronnie Drinnon, 6-6 Fr. (5.0). Quinnipiac - F Jamee Jackson, 6-7 Sr. (8.8), F Ike Azotam, 6-7 Jr. (13.7), G Dave Johnson, 5-10 Sr. (8.0), G Evan Conti, 6-3 So. (8.1), G Zaid Hearst, 6-4 So. (9.9).
Notes: Quinnipiac leads the all-time series, 19-8, and is 10-2 at home against St. Francis. ... The Red Flash lost to the Bobcats at DeGol Arena, 75-66, in overtime on Jan. 17. ... SFU's Shannon needs 71 points to become the program's 39th 1,000-point scorer. QU's Azotam needs just seven points to reach the same milestone. ... Quinnipiac is tied for fifth in the NEC with Sacred Heart. St. Francis moved out of the basement and into 11th place. The Red Flash are three games out of eighth place. ... St. Francis returns to Loretto next weekend for its final two home games of the season. The Flash host Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday before a game with Monmouth on Feb. 23.
Mirror prediction: Quinnipiac 71, St. Francis 65
Comment: If the Flash aren't careful, they might find themselves in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot. After beating Sacred Heart on the road, who knows what will happen in St. Francis' last five games.
Mirror prediction record: 18-6
- Nate Foreman
St. Francis women at Quinnipiac
Tipoff: Noon, TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Records: St. Francis (13-10, 8-4 Northeast Conference), Quinnipiac (20-2, 11-0)
Coaches: Joe Haigh is 13-10 in his first season at St. Francis. Tricia Fabbri is 262-242 in her 18th season at Quinnipiac.
Web stream: NECFrontRow.com
Probable starters: St. Francis - G Alexa Hayward, 5-8 So. (8.4), G Rebecca Sparks, 5-4 Fr. (1.6), G Kia Gibbs, 5-8 Sr. (10.6), F Alli Williams, 6-0 Jr. (18.7), F Shene Fleming, 5-11 R-Jr. (7.6). Quinnipiac - F Camryn Warner, 6-2 Jr. (7.0), F Brittany McQuain, 5-11 Jr. (11.4), G Felicia Barron, 5-7 Sr. (15.0), G Jasmine Martin, 5-8 So. (12.8), G Gillian Abshire, 5-8 So. (5.4).
Notes: St. Francis leads the all-time series, 17-9. Quinnipiac roughed up the Red Flash, 85-69, on Jan. 21 at DeGol Arena. ... The Bobcats have not lost since Dec. 29 at Georgia Tech. In conference action, their average margin of victory is 16.5 points. ... Quinnipiac has an RPI rating of 58, as released by the NCAA on Feb. 14. In addition, the Bobcats are ranked No. 11 in the latest collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. ... Quinnipiac has already hit 20 wins with seven games to go (it has a game to make up from last week's northeast snowstorm) and sits alone in first place in the NEC, three games ahead of second-place Sacred Heart. St. Francis is currently in third place, a half-game behing Sacred Heart and a half-game ahead of Monmouth. ... St. Francis travels to Sacred Heart on Monday.
Mirror prediction: Quinnipiac 78, St. Francis 71
Comment: The Red Flash have shown how great they can be. Unfortunately, they've also shown how bad they can be. I can't see this being a successful trip to Connecticut.
Mirror prediction record: 17-6
- Nate Foreman