A quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball for Saturday, Dec. 8.
ON TAP FOR SATURDAY (12/8)
CENTRAL MICHIGAN Chippewas (4-3)
at CHARLOTTE 49ers (8-0)
2:00 pm | Halton Arena
Series: Charlotte leads 2-0
A-10 vs. MAC: 5-2
Gamenote: The 49ers are on an eight-game winning
streak, the 12th streak of eight or more in program history. The
school record is 16 straight wins, set during the 1974-75 season.
(RV) KANSAS STATE Wildcats (6-1)
at GEORGE WASHINGTON Colonials (4-4)
2:30 pm | Charles E. Smith Center | CBS Sports Network
Series: Series tied 1-1
A-10 vs. Big 12: 0-1
Gamenote: Saturday's meeting will be the first between the programs inside the district in nearly 72 years. Homestanding GW defeated K-State, 43-25, in 1940 in the other DC game.
ST. BONAVENTURE Bonnies (5-2)
at ARKANSAS STATE Red Wolves (4-3)
3:00 pm | Convocation Center
Series: Arkansas State leads 1-0
A-10 vs. Sun Belt: 2-0
Gamenote: Saturday's contest will mark just fourth time the Bonnies have played in the state of Arkansas. SBU owns a 2-1 record in the previous three appearances.
(RV) TEMPLE Owls (6-0)
vs. No 2 DUKE Blue Devils (8-0)
3:15 pm | IZOD Center | ESPN
Series: Duke leads 18-10
A-10 vs. ACC: 3-5
Gamenote: This is the third meeting at the IZOD Center with Duke winning the previous two, both in the NCAA Regional Finals. Prior to last year, the last TU win in the series was in 1996.
LA SALLE Explorers (5-1)
at NORTHEASTERN Huskies (4-4)
7:00 pm | Matthews Arena
Series: La Salle leads 2-1
A-10 vs. CAA: 9-1
Gamenote: La Salle is the third A-10 opponent for Northeastern this year. The Huskies lost to Charlotte in the Great Alaska Shootout and to UMass earlier this week.
NEW ORLEANS Privateers (2-4)
at DUQUESNE Dukes (4-4)
7:00 pm | A.J. Palumbo Center
Series: First meeting
A-10 vs. Independents: 0-0
Gamenote: Duquesne will not leave Pittsburgh again until Dec. 20. Following UNO, DU hosts West Virginia (CONSOL Energy Center), plays cross-town at Robert Morris and hosts Western Michigan.
RICHMOND Spiders (7-2)
at JAMES MADISON Dukes (3-5)
7:00 pm | JMU Convocation Center
Series: Richmond leads 30-20
A-10 vs. CAA: 9-1
Gamenote: A UR win matches Richmond's second-best 10-game
start to a season in 78 years at 8-2. Only one UR team (1985-86) had a 9-1 start since the undefeated 1934-35 team.
FORDHAM Rams (1-7)
at ST. JOHN'S Red Storm (6-3)
7:00 pm | Madison Square Garden | MSG Network
Series: St. John's leads 62-21
A-10 vs. Big East: 5-6
Gamenote: Saturday marks the 116th overall appearance at the various Madison Square Gardens in Fordham's history. The Rams
are 43-72 at Madison Square Garden, 31-55 at the current Garden.
(RV) BUTLER Bulldogs (6-2)
at NORTHWESTERN Wildcats (7-2)
8:00 pm | Welsh-Ryan Arena | Big 10 Network
Series: Northwestern leads 16-8
A-10 vs. Big 10: 2-3
Gamenote: Butler is 8-4 against teams from the Big Ten under Brad Stevens. Northwestern is the fourth "big six" team Butler has faced this season. The Bulldogs are 2-1 in those games.
MIAMI (Ohio) RedHawks (3-4)
at DAYTON Flyers (6-2)
8:00 pm | UD Arena | WHIO
Series: Dayton leads 68-61
A-10 vs. MAC: 5-2
Gamenote: UD has won five of the last six, but lost last year at Miami in overtime 72-67. The Flyers have met the RedHawks the second-most times in the UD program's history, dating back to 1909.
ON THE TUBE
Saturday, December 8
Kansas State at George Washington | 2:30 pm | CBS Sports Network
Temple vs. Duke (IZOD Center) | 3:15 pm | ESPN
Fordham at St. John's (Madison Square Garden) | 7:00 pm | MSG Network
Butler at Northwestern | 8:00 pm | Big 10 Network
Miami (Ohio) at Dayton | 8:00 pm | WHIO
Sunday, December 9
Kent State at Xavier | 4:00 pm | FOX Sports Ohio
>>Charlotte added to its best start in school history with Wednesday's win over Davidson. The 49ers are 8-0 after beating the Wildcats. Additionally, Temple beat Villanova Wednesday to improve to 6-0, the Owls best start since 1987-88, when the team started 14-0, finished 32-2 and advanced to the Elite Eight as a No. 1 seed.
>>Dayton won at Alabama, (81-76), Temple beat Villanova (76-61) and La Salle beat Penn State (82-57) Wednesday, giving the A-10 three more wins over "big six" programs, bringing the season total to 13. Last year, the A-10 picked up 28 victories versus big six schools, including three postseason victories. The Atlantic 10 has a winning record versus the SEC (4-3).
>>Continuing on the big wins theme, the Atlantic 10 has taken down three ranked opponents so far this season. Saint Joseph's began the fun with an overtime win over No. 20 Notre Dame. Butler stole the early week show with a win over No. 9 North Carolina Tuesday and VCU had the headline on Thanksgiving by defeating No. 19 Memphis. Dayton also won Wednesday at an Alabama team that has been receiving votes in both polls.
>>There have been 34 games decided by five or fewer points this year in the Atlantic 10. A-10 schools have a record of 20-14 in those games, but that winning percentage increases dramatically in games decided by single point. A-10 schools are 4-1 in those one-point affairs.
FRIDAY'S (12/7) RESULT
VCU 83, OLD DOMINION 70
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Troy Daniels tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a career-best 24 points Friday night, leading Virginia Commonwealth to an 83-70 victory against Old Dominion.
Treveon Graham added 23 points for the Rams (6-3), who dominated for much of the night until the Monarchs closed within 65-53 with eight minutes left. But Rob Brandenberg scored on a drive with the shot clock winding down, Briante Weber tapped a steal into the open court and Brandenberg chased it down, slipped into the left corner and made the Rams' 11th 3-pointer to push the lead back up to 17.
DeShawn Painter, a transfer from North Carolina State, led the Monarchs with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Donte Hill had 13 as Old Dominion (1-8) lost its seventh in a row, and fifth at home.