That's a picture of an angry ostrich. It's angry because, well, it's an ostrich and they're always angry. What are you, new or something? Read a book about ostriches some time, college boy.
The biggest heat today is directed toward the Face-Off Classic triple-header taking place at M&T Bank Stadium down in Baltimore. There are, however, 20 other games going on at some point this afternoon that demand your attention. (Or, at a minimum, your disinterested head nod to acknowledging that you understand what I'm saying but that you're going to hang out on the deck and pick your nose instead.)
Your highlights for today include:
- Princeton at North Carolina: The opening offering from the Face-Off Classic. ESPNU has the broadcast. Get caught up on what the Tigers look like and also get some information around North Carolina's treacherous defense.
- Duke at Loyola: The Greyhounds are currently keeping its season in mint condition while Duke is trying to figure out what went wrong against Maryland last week when the Terrapins got a little curbstomp-y and pulled out a 10-7 victory. If the Devils can't knock off Loyola today, it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Greyhounds stay unbeaten until a mid-April date with Denver in Colorado.
- Denver at Penn State: The Pioneers come east for a big game against the Nittany Lions in State College. Austin Kaut better bring kryptonite today as Denver's Mark Matthews and Alex Demopoulos are fairly indestructible objects when they get moving. With Notre Dame looming in the Pioneers' windshield, today's go against Penn State marks a hellish two-game stretch against a couple of the nation's most fire-hardened defenses.
- Cornell at Virginia: This game lost a little bit of shine when Cornell announced that Rob Pannell would be sidelined with a flat tire, but it'll still show off two of the better offenses in the country. ESPNU has the broadcast. For the beats on Cornell, just click this fancily highlighted text; if you're more of a Virginia guy, this is your portal.
- Notre Dame at Hofstra: Immovable object! Object that refuses to move! Get ready for all the patience exhibited on the lacrosse field to test your patience. Hofstra, finally, appears to be moving in the right direction and could slap Notre Dame with its second loss in consecutive weeks. Notre Dame, however, doesn't seem to want to let anyone score against them this year -- selfish jerks -- so the Pride are going to have to put together a complete game in Hempstead if they're going to pull the upset (an occurrence that has been fleeting this season).
- Villanova at Pennsylvania: After taking a week off from playing Pennsylvanian schools -- a week that yielded a loss to Delaware -- Villanova is back to its old tricks of pooping where it eats. The Quakers finally got a number in the win column this week with a victory over reeling North Carolina and may have refound that nasty, bearded-and-eye-patched defense that it rode into the NCAA Tournament last year.
- UMBC at Johns Hopkins: It's the capper to the Face-Off Classic and unless UMBC can recapture some of the magic it used to upset Maryland earlier in the week, it could be a little dicey from a competition standpoint. Here's some burn on UMBC and if you want to make your eyes bleed from ghastly offensive numbers, here's the burn on Johns Hopkins.
Here's the full slate for today:
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This is your open thread for Saturday. Make it plain, and if you can't make it plain, make it a sexy shade of plaid. People will be around to yak about whatever is tickling their fancy. Tomorrow's games will appear in a post, well, tomorrow.