Everyone wanted to talk about Monmouth this time last year, and for good reason.
The Hawks jumped out of the gate with November wins against UCLA, Notre Dame and USC. This year, their 6-2 record doesn’t have that kind of heft, or the media buzz that comes with it.
That might not bother King Rice, who talked to Rush The Court about playing without the spotlight.
“So maybe right now some other teams like Chattanooga or Arkansas State, some other mid-majors are doing it and the spotlight’s on them. So what I said to my guys is, ‘How about we just be the group that nobody’s paying attention to, and we just keep working and see how good we can get.’ If we keep getting better on defense with our numbers, we’re going to be hard to beat.”
Rice’s team will be at the mercy of the MAAC tournament, and everything that’s happened thus far points to the Hawks yet again being the favorite (even if that didn’t work out for them in 2015-16).
Justin Robinson, Micah Seaborn and Oklahoma transfer Je’lon Hornbeak lead an up-tempo offense that has scored at least 80 points in its past four wins. Senior forward Chris Brady (11.0 PPG, 6.2 BLK%) is also one of the conference’s premier post players.
Tonight the Hawks try to run their winning streak to six games against Wagner, in the former NEC rivals’ 61st all-time meeting. The Seahawks had their own moment in the sun beating UConn on opening night, but have since gone 1-4 in part because of cold-shooting.
But this is still a game to keep an eye on. Wagner has dropped some close games, including a hard-fought loss to an athletic UMass team last week. They’ve also been great on the offensive glass, an area that Monmouth has been vulnerable.
Here’s how to watch that and the rest of Tuesday’s mid-major action.
Villanova vs. La Salle, ESPN2, 7:00 p.m.
Youngstown State vs. Michigan State, ESPNU 7:00 p.m.
Northeastern vs. Harvard, ESPN College Extra, 7:00 p.m.
Furman vs. Liberty, ESPN College Extra, 7:00 p.m.
Prairie View A&M vs. Kansas State, ESPN College Extra, 8:00 p.m.
UMKC vs. Kansas, ESPN College Extra, 8:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne vs. Notre Dame, ESPNU, 9:00 p.m.
California vs. Princeton, FS1, 7:00 p.m.
Brown vs. Providence, FS2, 7:00 p.m.
Lamar vs. DePaul, FSN Affiliates, 9:00 p.m.
Seton Hall vs. Hawaii, FS1, 9:30 p.m.
Fresno State vs. Marquette, CBSSN 7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s (IN) vs. Dayton, Ohio, 7:00 p.m.
Big Ten Network
NJIT vs. Minnesota, 8:00 p.m.
Utah Valley vs. Utah, National/Mountain, 8:00 p.m.
UC Irvine vs. Arizona, National/Arizona, 10:00 p.m.
FAU vs. Ohio State, 7:00 p.m.
Bradley vs. Ball State, 7:00 p.m.
Lehigh vs. Stony Brook, 7:00 p.m.
Green Bay vs. Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Central Connecticut State vs. Rutgers, 7:00 p.m.
Belmont vs. Lipscomb, 7:30 p.m.
IUPUI vs. Illinois, 8:00 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. Evansville, 8:00 p.m.
SEC Network +
Presbyterian vs. Tennessee, 7:00 p.m.
Miami (OH) vs. Missouri, 8:00 p.m.
High Point vs. Vanderbilt, 8:00 p.m.
ACC ESPN Network
Charlotte vs. Wake Forest, 7:00 p.m.
Southern Miss vs. Florida State, 7:00 p.m.
South Carolina State vs. Miami (FL), 7:00 p.m.
Bryant vs. Navy, 7:00 p.m.
New Hampshire vs. American, 7:30 p.m.
Great Falls vs. Utah State, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas Fort-Smith vs. Colorado State, 9:00 p.m.
San Francisco State vs. San Francisco, 11:00 p.m.
Virginia-Wise vs. Wofford, 7:00 p.m.
Greensboro College vs. Winthrop, 6:30 p.m.
NEC Front Row
UMass Lowell vs. Sacred Heart, 7:00 p.m.
Duquesne vs. Robert Morris, 7:00 p.m.
Monmouth vs. Wagner, 7:00 p.m.
St. Bonaventure vs. Hofstra, 7:00 p.m.
UNC Asheville vs. Elon, 7:00 p.m.
SoCon Digital Network
Marshall vs. Chattanooga, 7:00 p.m.