Here is a quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball for Saturday, Jan. 12. There are seven games, all -- all of them conference contests.
ON TAP FOR SATURDAY (1/12)
No. 14/17 BUTLER Bulldogs (13-2, 1-0)
at DAYTON Flyers (10-5, 0-1)
2:00 pm | UD Arena | NBC Sports Network
Series: Butler leads 11-10
Gamenote: Butler has won the last four. The last time the two programs met (Feb. 18, 1993, Butler won 74-59) both schools were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
CHARLOTTE 49ers (13-2, 1-0)
at RHODE ISLAND Rams (5-9, 0-1)
2:00 pm | Ryan Center | Ocean State Networks
Series: Charlotte leads 6-5
Gamenote: Last year, the 49ers earned a 73-66 win in Charlotte (2/11/12). URI has won three of the last four meetings overall.
The Rams are 4-1 all-time at home against Charlotte.
RICHMOND Spiders (11-5, 1-0)
at LA SALLE Explorers (10-4, 0-1)
2:00 pm | Tom Gola Arena
Series: Richmond leads 14-13
Gamenote: The La-Salle-Richmond series dates back to 1955, but 16 of the 27 meetings between the two schools have been as members of the Atlantic 10,
GEORGE WASHINGTON Colonials (7-7, 1-0)
at XAVIER Musketeers (8-6, 1-0)
4:00 pm | Cintas Center | CBS Sports Network
Series: Xavier leads 26-9
Gamenote: XU has had seven straight wins over GW. The Colonials' last victory in the series came in 2006 at Cintas Center as part of GW's perfect 16-0 A-10 record during the 2005-06 season.
RV/No. 24 VCU Rams (13-3, 1-0)at ST. BONAVENTURE Bonnies (7-7, 0-1)4:00 pm | Reilly Center | Time Warner Sports Upstate NY/CBS 6.3
Series: St. Bonaventure lead 2-0
Gamenote: This will mark the first meeting between the two teams since 1979 and the first-ever conference game. It also marks the first A-10 road trip for VCU.SAINT LOUIS Billikens (12-3, 1-0)at RV TEMPLE Owls (10-4, 0-1)6:00 pm | Liacouras Center | ESPNU
Series: Temple leads 6-1
Gamenote: Saturday's game marks the third time that the Owls have hosted the Billikens in their A-10 home opener (2009, 2011). TU won both times.SAINT JOSEPH'S Hawks (8-5, 0-1)at DUQUESNE Dukes (7-8, 0-1)7:00 pm | Palumbo Center
Series: Saint Joseph's leads 36-12
Gamenote: This is the 49th game in a series that dates back to 1938. The Dukes lost 16 of 17 to SJU from 1994 through 2007, but have won three of the past six with the losses coming in OT.
The 16 A-10 head coaches had their first weekly teleconference Monday. Listen to their thoughts on the conclusion of non-confernece play and the beginning of league play by clicking on the AUDIO ARCHIVE
ON THE TUBE
Saturday, January 12
Butler at Dayton* | 2:00 pm | NBC Sports Network
Charlotte at Rhode Island* | 2:00 pm | Ocean State Networks
George Washington at Xavier* | 4:00 pm | CBS Sports Network
VCU at St. Bonaventure* | 4:00 pm | TW Sports (NY)/CBS 6.3
Saint Louis at Temple* | 6:00 pm | ESPNU
Sunday, January 13
Massachusetts at Fordham* | 1:00 pm | YES Network
>>VCU gets its first A-10 road game Saturday when it travels to face St. Bonaventure and the notoriously rowdy Reilly Center crowd. Butler had the same experience Wednesday, opening on the road at Saint Joseph's. The Bulldogs play at UD Arena Saturday, another one of the A-10 best crowds.
>>The A-10 has two team and three individual statistics in which a member institution leads the nation. VCU is number one in steals and turnover margin and VCU'S Troy Daniels leads the nation in 3-pointers made. Darien Brothers of Richmond leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage and VCU's Briante Weber ranks first in steals.
>>Saint Louis has returned to last year's form as the A-10's lock-down defensive team. Only three SLU opponents have cracked 50 since mid-December. Is addition, Butler has won its last 16 games when holding its opponent to fewer than 60 points.
THURSDAY'S (1/10) RESULTS
XAVIER 57, TEMPLE 52 | HIGHLIGHTS | TEMPLE POSTGAME
CINCINNATI (AP) - Travis Taylor made two free throws with 11 seconds left, and Xavier ended its longest losing streak in 31 years by beating Temple 57-52 on Thursday night despite missing point guard Dee Davis.
Davis hurt his left wrist in a pile-up with 7:15 left in the first half and went for X-rays. He returned with a minute left and missed two free throws, but got the final rebound.
Xavier (8-6, 1-0 Atlantic 10) wore its special gray uniforms, trying to snap a four-game losing streak. It was the Musketeers' deepest slump since they dropped seven straight during the 1981-82 season.
They held on against Temple (10-4, 0-1), which shot only 33.9 percent (20 of 59) from the field and couldn't overcome an 11-point deficit in the final 8 minutes. Anthony Lee had 15 for the Owls and Scootie Randall added 12.
Semaj Christon had 16 points for Xavier.
SAINT LOUIS 70, MASSACHUSETTS 62 | SLU HIGHLIGHTS | UMASS HIGHLIGHTS
ST. LOUIS - Rob Loe scored a career-high 20 points to lead four Saint Louis players in double figures, and the Billikens outscored Massachusetts 20-8 over the final 9:14 to claim a 70-62 victory Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena is the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams.
The victory was SLU's ninth in a row and capped a 9-0 home stand for the Billikens (12-3, 1-0). It's the first nine-game winning streak for Saint Louis since the 1993-94 Bills began the season 14-0.
Loe tied his career high with six field goals (6-of-10), including a 2-of-4 effort from 3-point range, and also posted career highs of six free throws and seven free-throw attempts.
Jordair Jett scored 15 points, while Mike McCall Jr. and Kwamain Mitchell tallied 10 each. Cory Remekun collected nine rebounds to power the Billikens to a 38-35 edge on the glass.
Cady Lalanne scored a career-high 18 points and hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds (seven offensive) off the bench to lead UMass (10-4, 0-1), which had a seven-game winning streak halted. Chaz Williams had 14 points, six rebounds and a game-high seven assists, and Terrell Vinson chipped in 11 points.