Chants Ready for the Big Stage?

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Coastal Carolina (3-3) looks to beat Auburn (3-1) for the second consecutive meeting. 

Auburn comes to Coastal this year hoping to continue their success from this season.  Lights out point guard Kareem Canty, scoring just under 20 a game, leads Auburn in their quest to avenge their home loss to Coastal last season.  Auburn has good depth with four players averaging double figures and some big bodies that are a force on the glass.

The Chants are looking to rebound from a tough loss where they blew a late lead on the road at Campbell.  Elijah Wilson leads Coastal and is fresh off achieving the 1000 point milestone.  Coastal has three others averaging double figures as well that are going to need to be on point in order to win.

The Chants have always had strong guard play and have held their own, and even shined in big games.  The biggest challenge for Coastal is going to be rebounding the ball against a power conference opponent.  Diagne leads Coastal with seven rebounds a game.  He is going to need to have a big day on the glass for the Chants.  This game is going to be a good measuring stick for Coastal as they get set to move up to the Sun Belt Conference next year.

Coastal’s two keys to victory is going to be keeping Auburn off the offensive glass and limiting their second chance points and shooting well from the perimeter.  The wildcard is going to be the HTC Center atmosphere. Students have had this game circled on their calendars all semester.  Expect it to be LOUD!

~R. Ilardi

Storm Brewing in Brooklyn

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The Islanders took the season series from the Rangers in last year’s campaign (3-2), but the Rangers have different ideas this time around.

The Rangers snapped a three game skid with their recent win over the Hurricanes.  New York has been banged up, missing several key pieces.  This poses a challenge as they venture over the Brooklyn Bridge to face the surging Islanders.

The Islanders have picked up six points in their last four games with Ryan Strome leading the charge.  Yes, back from his AHL relegation, Strome has hit the ice in stride, scoring twice in his return. That seems to be the difference that can set the Islanders apart from other teams (when they’re on). The offensive depth they posses makes life a lot easier for the big boys. If the third and fourth line can continue their success, combined with the injuries for the Rangers, it looks like an Islanders win is in the cards.

However the Rangers have an ace up their sleeve- or maybe I should say a king up their sleeve. King Henrik, allowing less than two goals a game this season, is poised to start. The Islanders will announce their starting goalie after the morning skate.

What’s it going to be? Will Lundqvist put the Rangers on his back in Brooklyn, or will the Isles depth be too much to handle?

~R. Ilardi

 

Goodbye Canada

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David Price signs a seven year, $217 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.

The Sox were worst in the league in era yet again this year and could really benefit from Price’s 220 innings pitched and the sub 2.50 era that he had last year.  Price showed that he could dominate the AL East, but that was because he didn’t have to play against Donaldson and the Jays.  Look for some good divisional games this year.

~R. Ilardi