The weather outside might be cold but the action inside is heating up, right folks? If inclement weather has made it a chore for you to go anywhere, don’t bother. Stay inside, enjoy the warmth, crack open a beverage or two and enjoy the basketball all day.
To start the day, we have a huge matchup between St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island. Rhode Island is riding a seven-game winning streak, while the Bonnies have dropped two of their last three. The Bonnies cling to an extremely slim chance of getting an at-large bid, and a road win in Rhode Island is a great way to get back into the mix.
Here are some of the notable games to keep your eye on throughout the day. All times Eastern.
St. Bonaventure at Rhode Island, 11 a.m., ESPNU
Stony Brook at Vermont, 2 p.m., WatchESPN
Bradley at Loyola Chicago, 4 p.m., WatchESPN
Montana at Portland State, 4 p.m
Towson at William & Mary, 4 p.m.
Furman at Wofford, 7 p.m., WatchESPN
Charleston at Elon, 7 p.m.
Marshall at Old Dominion, 7 p.m., Old Dominion
Utah State at Nevada, 8 p.m., WatchESPN
Gonzaga at San Francisco, 9:30 p.m., ESPNU
New Mexico State at Cal St. Bakersfield, 10 p.m., WatchESPN
San Diego State at Boise State, 10 p.m., WatchESPN
As always, we’ll check back in throughout the day with notes, results, or whatever else we deem appropriate. Enjoy.
UPDATE: 4:42 PM
Okay, let’s talk about Maine. Its first half at Albany was, well, not good.
HALFTIME - UAlbany 48, Maine 10. Top defensive half of the season for UAlbany (Iona, 23 first half points). Joe Cremo leads with 19 points. pic.twitter.com/BIXtMgfIlN— UAlbany Basketball (@UAlbanyMBB) January 13, 2018
There was offensive carnage for the Black Bears. They went four-for-30 from the floor (13.3 percent), had just three players make field goals and their leading scorer was Aaron Calixte and his four points. They had seven more fouls (17) than they did points!
Albany’s lead ballooned to 69-26 in the second half. It was ugly. But give the Black Bears some credit. They went and increased their scoring output by over 500 percent in the second half, throwing in 56 points in the eventual — all things considered — respectable 84-66 loss.
Calixte scored 12 points on three-for-three shooting, and Danny Evans scored 14 points. In the end, Maine notched 0.91 points per possession, up from their 0.89 points per possession season average. Small victories?
UPDATE: 3:45 PM
Duquesne demands to be taken seriously. The Dukes bounced back from a midweek loss at VCU to get past La Salle in three overtimes at home. Mike Lewis II (25 points) had nine points in the final 1:27 of the third overtime, including this back-breaking three.
MIKE LEWIS II WITH ICE IN HIS VEINS. pic.twitter.com/Vqgtwk78Vm— A10Talk (@A10Talk) January 13, 2018
With their fourth A-10 win, the Dukes have surpassed their entire league win total from last season (3-15). They’ve also now won 11 of their past 13 games. La Salle, however, has gone the other way. The Explorers have lost four straight, but this is the second consecutive road loss they’ve taken in overtime(s).
UPDATE: 1:15 PM
Rhode Island tightened its grip on the A-10 by blowing past the Bonnies. You can check out our recap here, but what you should really check out is Matt Mobley’s slam-a-lam-a-ding-dong in the losing effort.
Matt Mobley of @BonniesMBB with the NASTY one-handed slam! (Via: @clippittv) pic.twitter.com/pu9lNDgJpy— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) January 13, 2018