A look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball Wednesday, with five games on tap, all of which are conference matchups.
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ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY (1/30)
SAINT JOSEPH’S Hawks (11-7, 2-3) at FORDHAM Rams (6-14, 2-3) 7:00 pm | Rose Hill Gymnasium Series: St. Joe’s leads 28-16 Gamenote: The Hawks have won six in a row against Fordham and 17 of the last 18. The loss during that 11-season span came in 2007 in the Bronx, a 56-55 overtime Rams win.
MASSACHUSETTS Minutemen (13-5, 3-2) at (RV) LA SALLE Explorers (14-5, 4-2) 7:00 pm | Tom Gola Arena Series: Series tied 14-14 Gamenote: UMass is 7-4 in Amherst and 1-1 in Springfield, while the Explorers hold a 9-6 lead in Philadelphia. La Salle has won three straight and seven of the last eight.
(RV) VCU Rams (16-5, 4-2) at RHODE ISLAND Rams (6-12, 1-4) 7:00 pm | Ryan Center | Ocean State Networks/CBS 6.3 Series: Series tied 2-2 Gamenote: The two Rams teams split a series in 2008-09 and 2009-10, and another series in 1994-95 and 1995-96. In both cases, the home team won every game.
RICHMOND Spiders (13-8, 3-3) at TEMPLE Owls (13-6, 2-3) 7:00 pm | Liacouras Center Series: Temple leads 10-9 Gamenote: UR has won the last two meetings, but the Owls have won three straight at home. Temple is 3-2 in the Liacouras Center against the Spiders, whose last win came in 2004.
DAYTON Flyers (12-7, 2-3) at XAVIER Musketeers (11-8, 4-2) 9:00 pm | Cintas Center | CBS Sports Network Series: Dayton leads 84-74 Gamenote: Xavier has won 27 straight against Dayton in Cincinnati. UD’s last win over XU in Cincinnati came in 1981, a 74-72 win at Riverfront Coliseum (now U.S. Bank Arena).
The 16 A-10 head coaches had their third weekly teleconference Monday. Listen to their thoughts on the first week of league play by clicking on the AUDIO ARCHIVE.
ON THE TUBE
Wednesday, January 30 VCU at Rhode Island* | 7:00 pm | Ocean State Networks/CBS 6.3 Dayton at Xavier* | 9:00 pm | CBS Sports Network
Thursday, January 31 Butler at Saint Louis* | 9:00 pm | CBS Sports Network
Saturday, February 2 Dayton at Saint Louis* | 2:00 pm | NBC Sports Network Rhode Island at Butler* | 4:00 pm | CBS Sports Network Duquesne at St. Bonaventure* | 4:00 pm | TW Sports (NY)/ROOT Sports Temple at Saint Joseph’s* | 6:00 pm | CBS Sports Network Xavier at Richmond* | 6:00 pm | FOX Sports Ohio Fordham at VCU* | 7:00 pm | CBS 6.1
>>Dayton and Xavier will meet for the 159th time on Wednesday (UD leads the series 84-74). The two teams have played each other more times than any other two A-10 teams. The first Xavier varsity basketball game was against Dayton on Feb. 20, 1920.
>>La Salle is 24-4 over its last 28 home games. The Explorers have won 15 of last 16 non-conference regular season games at Tom Gola Arena, with the only loss being Central Connecticut State this season.
>>The Atlantic 10 has four teams in Jerry Palm’s (CBSSports.com) latest Bracketology. He lists Butler, La Salle, Temple and VCU. Joe Lunardi’s (ESPN.com) latest bracketology, relased Tuesday, had the same four teams dancing.
>>The A-10 has one team in the Top 25 in both national polls. Butler is No. 9 in both the AP Poll and No. 10 in the Coaches’ Poll. In addition, the A-10 has six other teams that have received votes in the AP and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches Polls. Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, Temple, and Xavier have all gotten votes in both polls. La Salle and VCU both are receiving votes in this week’s polls.
SUNDAY'S (1/27) RESULT
MASSACHUSETTS 70, RICHMOND 65
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Chaz Williams scored 18 points and Massachusetts rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 6 minutes to defeat Richmond 70-65 Sunday in Atlantic 10 Conference action.
Trailing 63-56, Williams hit a 3-pointer with 5:52 left to spark an 11-0 run. Kendall Anthony hit two free throws with 16 seconds left - the Spiders' first points in 5:46 - to make it 67-65. Williams made two free throws 2 seconds later, then clinched the win with a foul shot with 1 second remaining.
Cady Lalanne added 12 points and Sampson Carter 10 for the Minutemen (13-5, 3-2), who led the entire first half en route to a 34-29 advantage at the break.
The Spiders took their first lead at 37-36.
Wayne Sparrow scored 13 points and Cedrick Lindsay 12 to lead Richmond (13-8, 3-3), which entered on a two-game winning streak after defeating No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth 86-74 in overtime.