Jan. 2, 2009

NCAA.com Staff Reports

Watch live on Saturday (3 p.m. ET) when Chaminade and Dixie State battle in Utah in CBS College Sports' Division II Game of the Week.

Both teams struggled to start the season, with Chaminade going 0-5 in the early-going -- although four of those losses came to Div. I opponents, including North Carolina -- and Dixie State opening at 0-4. But then the calendar hit December, and both started rolling. Chaminade, after a loss to Carleton, hammered Alaska-Fairbanks to start a stretch in which it won three of four.

Dixie State, who stumbled early in the year against largely D-II opponents, has rallied hard. The Rebels opened December with a win over Nebraska-Kearney, and, after dropping their next game to Metro State, won four straight games -- including a 74-64 win over then-No. 12 Central Washington. After closing 2008 with a loss, the Rebs will be looking to start 2009 out with a bang.

Both teams can score in bunches, and with both teams having had trouble defending at times this year, this one could be a barnburner.