Metropolitan State (2-0) vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (1-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 19, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McKale Center (14,545) -- Tucson, Arizona. Television: None. Home Record: Metro St. 2-0, FDU 1-0. Away Record: Metro St. 0-0, FDU 0-0. Neutral Record: Metro St. 0-0, FDU 0-3. Conference Record: Metro St. 0-0, FDU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The NIT Season Tip-Off continues with a matchup between the Roadrunners of Metropolitan State and the Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson.
Both teams were in action at the University of Arizona's McHale Center last night, with Metro State narrowly losing to Rhode Island (66-63), and FDU getting blasted by Arizona (100-50).
The No. 1 team in Division II, Metro State nearly pulled out a win against URI on Monday, but came up just short. A total of three Roadrunners return from last year's squad that won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season title, the RMAC Tournament crown and made it to the Division II National Championship Game. The games Metro State plays as part of this event are considered exhibitions, and the team will get back to the business of regular-season action when it plays host to St. Martin's on Friday, Nov. 29.
Fairleigh Dickinson fell to 1-3 on the young season as it was doubled-up by fifth-ranked Arizona on Monday night. The Knights opened the campaign with an 89-71 win over Caldwell at home, but have since suffered double-digit losses in three straight. FDU will begin Northeast Conference play on Jan. 9, 2014 at home against Mount St. Mary's.
This bout marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools in men's basketball.
Mitch McCarron logged a double-double consisting of 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Harrison Goodrick came off the bench to net 16, but those efforts went for naught as the Roadrunners dropped a three-point decision to Rhode Island on Monday. Brandon Jefferson and Nicholas Kay both finished with 11 points for Metro State, which shot 43.1 percent from the field, but missed the mark on 12 of its 17 3-point attempts. A 42-27 rebounding deficit hurt the Roadrunners' chances, as did the fact that the URI bench outscored State's by a 26-17 margin.
From the outset of Monday's matchup with Arizona, the Knights were outclassed, shooting just 31 percent from the floor, which included a 6-of-20 effort from beyond the arc. They were absolutely destroyed on the glass, 55-24, and they could do little to interrupt the Wildcats' rhythm, the home team making good on 54.4 percent of its total shots, which included 10 treys, 50 points in the paint, and a 49-14 advantage in bench scoring. Add to that the fact that UA turned the ball only five times and doubled up on points from the foul line (16-8) and it isn't hard to see why FDU fell well short of its intended goal. Sidney Sanders, Jr. paced the Knights with 16 points, while Matt McDonald chipped in with 11.
Typically, anytime a team from a lower division takes on one from D-I the outcome usually doesn't favor the little guy. In this case however, there is no reason to think the Roadrunners can't knock off the Knights.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Metro State 72, Fairleigh Dickinson 66
11/19 10:54:06 ET