Dec 18, 2010

Saturday's CMAC Preview:

All seven CMAC teams play Saturday; we have three league matchups and Shroder plays another game in Michigan in their holiday tournament. Let's take a look at the league matchups:

Shroder's game can be seen on ESPNU @ 2:00 PM
  • Aiken @ Withrow: Withrow avoided disaster in their home opener against West High, now they want to make it two in a row against another tough opponent. As with most Aiken games this will be a clash of styles; Aiken wants to run and gun and Withrow wants to be a little more deliberate. The thing to watch in this game is how well Aiken keeps Carl Porter, Devin Williams, and the rest of the taller Withrow team off of the offensive glass. If Aiken can keep the Tigers from owning the pain then they will have a good chance. Expect Aiken's quickness to give Withrow fits on the defensive end. The main storyline for this game is obvious; what will Aaron Thomas do in his first game against his former school? When it comes to scoring it is never wise to wager against AT. This has the potential to be another classic game at Withrow.
    • Prediction: I'm thinking upset, Withrow plays another close league game and this time falls a little short to a motivated Aiken team.
  • West High @ Hughes: After coming so close on Friday, losing in the final seconds to Withrow by 2, West High will be fired up to take this game (one that they should win). Hughes has been able to hang with most league opponents for at least a half, but has not yet registered a win. Expect a motivated West High team to handle their business. The depth, toughness, athleticism, and skill of West High is too much for most teams to handle right now.
    • Prediction: West High by 15.
  • Woodward vs Taft (@ Aiken): Both teams were off Friday, so they had a little extra preparation time; and both teams are known for defense so this might be low scoring. Low scoring games in this case benefit Taft who has too much firepower for Woodward. The guard play of Kadeem Palmer, Orlando Berry Jr, and the rest of the Senators should be enough to get the win; even if Trent Donald is holding his own down low against Taft's Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford.
    • Prediction: Taft by at least 20, they look unbeatable right now.

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