2012.2.10 Weekend Picks

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2012.2.10 Weekend Picks


* Suwon Kepco 45 (16-10) at Gumi LIG Insurance Greaters (6-19)

* Park Chung-hee Gymnasium, Gumi, North Gyeongsang

* Saturday, 2 p.m.

After a shocking match-fixing scandal involving Kepco 45 players shook the V-League early this week, the team will try to block out the ongoing investigation and focus on its upcoming match against the Gumi LIG Insurance Greaters.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they have arrested one current and two retired Kepco 45 players for coordinating with a gambling broker.

Two additional Kepco 45 players were arrested that night and now prosecutors are holding two former and three active players of Kepco 45 in custody.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the players cope with this throughout the rest of the season.

The Greaters broke a five-game losing streak on Tuesday against the Seoul Dream Six. The team released Bosnian attacker Milan Pepic as he failed to recover from injury, but All-Star Game MVP Kim Yo-han still leads their attack.


* Incheon ET Land Elephants (24-21) at Jeonju KCC Egis (25-20)

* Jeonju Gymnasium, Jeonju, North Jeolla

* Friday, 7 p.m.

The reigning KBL champion Egis snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday by beating league No. 2 Anyang KGC 80-74 and will look to secure its fourth-place position against the fifth-place Elephants tonight on home court. The Elephants are only one game behind the Egis.

The Egis will look to revenge its 87-85 defeat on Sunday. The team has a slightly better head-to-head record this season, edging the Elephants with three wins and two losses.

The Egis currently tops the league in scoring (78.9 points per game) and rebounds (35.2 per game), thanks to Ha Seung-jin, the KBL’s tallest player at 221 centimeters (7 feet 3 inches).

The Elephants are the worst scoring team in the league (73.9 points per game), but have one of the leagues’ most clutch shooters in Moon Tae-jong, who poured on 31 points against Egis on Sunday.


* Cheongju KB Stars (16-15) at Bucheon Sinsegae Coolcat (12-19)

* Bucheon Gymnasium, Bucheon, Gyeonggi

* Friday, 5 p.m.

The third-place Stars have won their last five games, but the winning streak might end tonight against the fifth-place Coolcat. The Stars haven’t won against the Coolcat since last October. In fact, that is the only victory in their previous six encounters. The Coolcat has the league’s leading scorer Kim Jung-eun who is averaging 18.48 points per game.
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