There are 25 games today, putting about three-quarters of Division I's members in action. There aren't a ton of big ticket matchups today, but there are a bunch of really solid games wrapped in intrigue and consequence.
Here are your three highlights for today:
- Albany at Massachusetts: The Great Danes -- while remaining competitive -- have spit the bit in its two games against notable competition: A one-goal, overtime loss to Syracuse opened Albany's season and a one-goal freak show loss to Drexel followed the Danes' date against the Orange. Albany recalibrated its universe with a win against Harvard, but the team's trip to Amherst this afternoon marks a return to playing a strong opponent that can create all kinds of problems for the Great Danes. Albany needs a win against a team of the Minutemen's caliber; a loss today would put Albany at only 1-3 on the season, creating questions around whether the Great Danes have the balance to contend with the nation's better concerns.
- Denver v. Notre Dame // St. John's v. Syracuse: Two the day's biggest games will happen at neutral site locations in non-traditional areas: In California, the Pioneers and Irish will clash in a contrast of styles; in Georgia, the Orange and Johnnies will attempt to melt the scoreboard. Denver-Notre Dame holds bigger top-of-the-polls impact, but Syracuse-St. John's is arguably a more pressing matchup for both teams: The Orange are bleeding and St. John's smells blood in the water. Syracuse is in the midst of a horrifically difficult slate and the Johnnies are entering a stretch -- after facing the Orange -- that features Georgetown, Hofstra, and Stony Brook. This is a big spot for both teams, and both desperately need a victory.
Lehigh at Bucknell: The situation at Lewisburg is pretty simple:
PATRIOT LEAGUE STANDINGS: AS OF MARCH 7, 2014 TEAM CONFERENCE RECORD Loyola 2-0 Army 1-0 Navy 2-1 Lehigh 1-1 Colgate 1-1 Bucknell 1-1 Lafayette 1-2 Holy Cross 0-2 Boston University 0-1
Here's Saturday's full schedule. If there are errors, please let me know. I'll fix/populate links to live stats and video as the day progresses (if necessary).
|AWAY||HOME||TIME (ET)||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Holy Cross||Army||12:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Lehigh||Bucknell||12:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Virginia||Cornell||12:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Michigan||Furman||12:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Harvard||Georgetown||12:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Delaware||Binghamton||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Drexel||Bryant||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Colgate||Boston University||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Siena||Hartford||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Ohio State||Hofstra||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|VMI||High Point||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Vermont||Richmond||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Providence||Sacred Heart||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Maryland||Stony Brook||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Albany||Massachusetts||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Johns Hopkins||UMBC||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Detroit||Wagner||1:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Marquette||Jacksonville||2:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Yale||Fairfield||3:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Bellarmine||Air Force||3:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Hobart||Brown||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|St. John's||Syracuse||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Notre Dame||Denver||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Pennsylvania||Villanova||5:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||Fox College Sports|
|Monmouth||Rutgers||6:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
This is your open thread for Saturday. I'm thinking about writing a book only on sticky notes. People will be around to yak about whatever is tickling their fancy.