PLATTSBURGH — Tom Curle will get to spend some quality family time over the weekend.
Curle’s Plattsburgh State men’s basketball team will take part in the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Cardinals (4-2 overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) will oppose Millikin at 6 p.m. on Sunday and the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 4 p.m. on Monday.
Curle, meanwhile, will also have the opportunity to watch his daughter, Marle, play for the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team.
The former Plattsburgh High star, a freshman for the Polar Bears, is averaging 7.1 points a game for the unbeaten Polar Bears (9-0).
Bowdoin, which is also in Daytona Beach, takes on Rivier at 11 a.m. today and Gordon at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The Bowdoin/Gordon game immediately follows the Plattsburgh State/Millikin contest at the same site.
“What a coincidence,” Curle joked. “I’ve seen Marle play a couple of times so far, but it’s going to be nice to see her play there.
“But this is predominantly a business trip. We’re playing two very good teams.”
The Cardinals last played on Dec. 7 in a big 64-61 win at defending SUNY Athletic Conference champion Cortland.
“Everybody in Division III is in the same boat,” Curle said. “It’s a concern for every team having had time off, but you hope the players maintained their conditioning.
“Historically, we haven’t been good coming out of the break. But the situation is not unique to us. We have to find a way to fight through it. We only play 25 games a year and we’ve played six already. So you hope the senior and junior leaders on the team know the importance of these games.”
Plattsburgh has four players averaging in double figures — Shamoy McIntosh (14.3), Shavar Fields (13.3), Jordan Moody (11.8) and John Perez (11.0). Chris Manning leads the team in assists (5.5) and steals (23 total).
Millikin, which is located in Decatur, Ill., currently has a 5-4 record and the Big Blue’s last game was an 84-81 setback to Concordia University on December 14.
Millikin, which plays Wisconsin-Stout at 6 p.m. tonight, has three players averaging in double figures, led by T.J. Griffin (22.3).
“Millikin has a young team, with strong guard play,” Curle said. “They have the one player (Griffin) who takes only good shots and is quick getting to the rim. They also run sets for him and he is tough to guard.
“They run the pick-and-roll well and we have to do a better job at defending it. We only have two practices to work on it.”
Wisconsin-Stout, located in Menomonie, Wisc., sports a 7-2 record and its prior contest was a 70-64 loss at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
The Blue Devils have three players averaging in double figures, with Jimmy Whitehead (20.4) leading the way.
“Stout is very strong and they run a lot of high-low stuff,” Curle said. “They’re a big and physical team that knows how to post up. They play in one of the toughest conferences in the country.
“They were ranked 19th in the country earlier this year and beat the No. 4-ranked team at the time. They are capable of being one of the top teams in Division III.
“No doubt, this is an opportunity for us. But, it’s going to be a tough tournament. We have three preparation games before we get back into conference play for the remainder of the season.”
The Cardinals close out their nonconference schedule at Middlebury College on Jan. 7.