Fri. March 30 – Columbia, SC – Clemson @ South Carolina – Huge Division game, but its all about the SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! Clemson (3-0) is going for a sweep of the division, and the Gamecocks (1-0) are looking to go 2-0 in division. In the last 6 head-to-head matchups, Clemson is 4-2 against South Carolina, with the last Gamecocks victory coming in 2007. Two of the last three games have been decided by 1 goal. The 2011 matchup was a double overtime “killer” of a game. Both teams are returning the core of their players for the 2011 game. As a rivalry goes CLEMSON and SOUTH CAROLINA is one of the top in the country.
Fri. March 30 – Lexington, KY – Richmond @ Kentucky – This is a division game and I’m sure Richmond can’t get back on the field fast enough after the loss to Virginia Tech. Kentucky is 1-0 in the division, Richmond is 0-1. That makes this game a “kinda” must win division game for the Spiders. This is all new territory for these teams as they haven’t played before. Does it matter that Kentucky is in the FINAL FOUR?!
Fri. March 30 – Atlanta, GA – Auburn @ Georgia Tech – Yet another division tilt, and both Auburn and Georgia Tech at 1-1 in division. The victor gets a clean shot at the remaining divisional SELC tourney spot. GT leads the series in the last 5 games 3-2 and last year’s game was a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.
Sat. March 31 – Athens, GA – Central Florida @ Georgia – Not a divisional game, but very interesting none the less. This is very much a game that I would love to see. It is a contrast in styles, at least in my mind. I categorize Central Florida as a “RUN and SHOOT” team, scoring a lot of goals. UCF can slow it down and play but it’s not what the Knights really want to do. Georgia, I see as a “Half Court” team; deliberate on offense and steady on defense, they don’t want to play the run game. This game could also be a preview of a 1st round SELC Tourney South game.
-Scott MacPherson @COCKSLAX_REPORT