If you listen closely you can hear the squeaking of fresh new sneakers on a cold hardwood floor. That’s because the 2018-2019 Men’s College Basketball season has begun. Finally, we can watch some basketball after hearing about how corrupt the NCAA is all summer.
Now there are a lot of basketball games played throughout the season. If you’re looking for games to watch, I’ve got you covered. Each week, I’ll pick seven games, one each day, that you should keep an eye on. I’ll give you a reason why and highlight a player or two on each team.
So without further ado: Welcome to Week 2
Monmouth @ St. Joseph’s
Starting off with two mid-majors you may not be familiar with. Despite it being early in the season, this game could have tournament implications come March.
I’ve been a fan on Monmouth since they broke the internet with their bench celebrations a couple years ago.
However, there wasn’t much celebrating last year as they went 11-20. They were young and inexperienced, as they started 4 freshmen at times. This year, they’ve gotten a little bit older and a little bit wiser. Which is good because they have an incredibly tough non-conference schedule ahead of them. They recently lost their season opener to Lehigh, the pre-season favorite to win the Patriot conference and will be playing West Virginia and Kentucky later this month.
Players To Watch
Sophomore Deion Hammond has MAAC player of the year potential, after being named to the MAAC All-Rookie team last year. He’s averaging 17.5 points per game after the first two games this season.
Monmouth has been very fortunate with extremely talented Point Guards in recent years. Nick Rutherford, a transfer from Florida Atlantic, hopes to continue that trend this year while being leadership and experience to a relatively young team. However, he has struggled in Monmouth’s first two games of the year.
This team is still young, but the tough schedule will make this team stronger in the future if you want to see a team in the process of re-building, Monmouth is your team to do so. That way, when they make it to the tournament a couple years from now, you’ll be able to say you knew them when.
St. Joseph’s Hawks
St. Joe’s is expected to be at or near the top of the A-10, an extremely exciting and competitive conference. The Phil Martelli led team went 16-16 last year.
Players To Watch
Junior Charlie Brown and Lamarr Kimble return after season-ending injuries last year. Kimble is extremely focused on being a star player for this team, starting the season down 15-20 pounds and turning baby fat into lean muscle. He scored 14 points in the Hawks only game this season against Old Dominion.
Charlie Brown has also made it his goal to be a star player for this team. Coach Martelli has noticed has noticed how much Brown has grown up since last year. Brown dedicated his offseason to becoming a better defender. He led the team against Old Dominion with 20 points.
Final Score: St. Joe’s 85, Monmouth 63
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