Three Games On Monday Docket
On Tap Tonight
BELMONT Bruins (1-0)
at RICHMOND Spiders (1-0)
7:00 pm | Robins Center | CSN-MA/CBS 6.3
ABILENE CHRISTIAN Wildcats (0-1)
a tST. BONAVENTURE Bonnies (1-0)
7:00 pm | Reilly Center
RHODE ISLAND Rams (1-0)
at SOUTHERN METHODIST Mustangs (1-0)
8:00 pm | Curtis Culwell Center | ESPN3
- The Atlantic 10 started its 38th year of men’s basketball in nearly perfect fashion. The league was 12-1 through the first weekend of play, the only loss coming in a double-overtime affair. Only four other conferences started the season with one or no losses through the first weekend.
- The A-10 boasts one of the most robust national television packages, with 71 games televised this season on national media partners (ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network) and an additional 42 games on SNY and regional affiliates. Add in local games and the league will air 195 TV games this season. This doesn’t include digital offerings, which give the A-10 comprehensive coverage of its basketball games this season.
- For the first time in school history, VCU began the season ranked. The Rams are No. 14 in both polls this week. Saint Louis and Massachusetts are receiving votes this week and La Salle picked up preseason votes.
- If the first weekend is any indication, players in their first year in the A-10, be they freshman or transfers, are going to have a big impact. Severe scored 28 in his first collegiate game, and Duquesne transfer Ovie Soko leads the league in rebounding after pulling down 13 against Abilene Christian and his teammate Tra’Vaughn White scored 20 points (on 7-of-11 shooting) and three assists in just 25 minutes. Dayton’s Jordan Sibert got the Flyers a win with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer versus IPFW and Rhode Island’s Ifeanyi Onyekaba tallied a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double.
- Four A-10 teams scored 90 or more points and eight scored 80 or more in the first weekend of play. On the flip side, three A-10 teams allowed 60 or fewer points and eight held their opponents under 70.
- VCU is up to its old HAVOC tricks, registering 14 steals against Illinois State, but the Rams may have company in the theft department last year. Saint Louis and GW (without top steals artist Patricio Garino) each swiped the ball form their opponents 10 times.
- Fordham won a season-opener for the first time since 2007, snapping a five-game losing streak in openers, and scored the most points in an opener since netting 100 against Adelphi in 1993. Rhode Island also snapped a season-opening losing streak with a win over Maine.
- CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm put out a (very) early NCAA bracket prediction, tabbing four Atlantic 10 teams in the NCAA field of 68. VCU, Saint Louis (last year’s A-10 Champion), La Salle (last year’s Sweet 16 darling) and Massachusetts all were in Palm’s predictions.
- Duquesne’s Tra’Vaughn White was the top JC scorer in the nation (25.9 ppg.) last season at Independence (Kan.) Community College.
- GW started its historic 100th season of basketball with a 76-54 victory over Radford on Friday. This is also Dayton’s 106th season of hoops.
- The 20-point margin of victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) was Fordham’s biggest since a 79-58 win over Lafayette in 2008.
- Dayton has already won more single-possession games (games decided by three points or less) than last year.
- John Giannini is three wins from passing Ken Loeffler and moving into second place on La Salle’s all-time win list.
- Rhody scored 97 points in their season opener - the most under second-year head coach Dan Hurley.
MASSACHUSETTS 86, BOSTON COLLEGE 73
BOSTON (AP) - Chaz Williams scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lift Massachusetts to a season-opening 86-73 win over intrastate rival Boston College on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.
Cady Lalanne had a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Minutemen, who outrebounded Boston College 44-27. Sampson Carter added 12 points and eight boards.
Ryan Anderson led the Eagles (0-2) with 22 points, and Olivier Hanlan had 19. The Eagles had just seven rebounds in the second half.
The game was the middle part of the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer tripleheader, featuring six of the state's Division I programs.