Dec. 15, 2012
A quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball for Saturday, Dec. 15.
ON TAP FOR SATURDAY(12/15)
ELON Phoenix (6-3)
at MASSACHUSETTS Minutemen (4-3)
Noon | MassMutual Center
2012 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase
Series: UMass leads 1-0
A-10 vs. SoCon: 5-0
Gamenote:UMass got an 85-67 win over Elon in the 2011-12
season opener at Curry Hicks Cage behind a strong second-half
performance in which Umass outscored Elon 46-24.
(RV) BUTLER Bulldogs (7-2)
at No. 1 INDIANA Hoosiers (9-0)
2:00 pm | BankersLife Fieldhouse | CBS
Series: Indiana leads 37-13
A-10 vs. Big 10: 2-3
Gamenote: This is Butler's first against a top-ranked team since
an 82-70 loss to No. 1 Duke. Butler also played No. 1 DePaul in
1979-80, No. 1 Michigan in 1964-65 and No. 1 Indiana in 1953-54.
FORDHAM Rams (3-5)
vs. PRINCETON Tigers (1-8)
2:00 pm | Barclays Center | YES Network
Series: Princeton leads 17-11
A-10 vs. Ivy: 5-1
Gamenote: The game, which is being played at the same site
as the 2013 A-10 Championship, will be Fordham's first in the
borough of Brooklyn since the Rams played at LIU in 1985.
CLEVELAND STATE Vikings (6-3)
SOUTHERN METHODIST Mustangs (8-1)at RHODE ISLAND Wildcats (2-7)2:00 pm | Ryan Center | Ocean State Networks
at ST. BONAVENTURE Bonnies (5-3)
2:00 pm | Reilly Center
Series: Bona leads 5-3
A-10 vs. Horizon: 3-1
Gamenote: CSU has collected home victories in each of the
last two seasons over the Bonnies, but prior to that, Bona had
won six straight, the fi rst six games in the series
Series: First Meeting
A-10 vs. C-USA: 3-0
Gamenote: In each of the last two seasons, Rhode Island
played at UCF and dropped both meetings. Prior to that, Rhody's
last C-USA opponent was UAB on Nov. 18, 2007.
(RV) ALABAMA Crimson Tide (6-2)
at (RV) VCU Rams (6-3)
4:00 pm | Siegel Center | CBS Sports Network
Series: Alabama leads 4-0
A-10 vs. SEC: 4-3
Gamenote: The game is a showdown between the winningest
coaches in VCU history. Anthony Grant was 76-25 (.752) in three
years at VCU and Shaka Smart is 90-31 (.744) in his three+ years.
LA SALLE Explorers (6-1)
at BUCKNELL Bison (8-1)
7:00 pm | Sojka Pavillion
Series: La Salle leads 18-5
A-10 vs. Patriot: 1-0
Gamenote: La Salle's 6-1 start is the best since the 2005-06
team started 7-0. The Explorers are 8-1 in December the last two
seasons and are currently riding a fi ve-game winning streak.
DUQUESNE Dukes (6-4)
at ROBERT MORRIS Colonials (6-4)
7:00 pm | Sewall Center
Series: Duquesne leads 15-7
A-10 vs. NEC: 3-3
Gamenote: Duquesne completes its version of rivalry week at
Robert Morris. The Dukes, who lost to city rival Pitt on Dec. 5,
rallied to beat West Virginia Tuesday and have won fi ve of six.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC Owls (5-4)
at DAYTON Flyers (7-2)
7:00 pm | UD Arena | WHIO
Series: First Meeting
A-10 vs. Sun Belt: 2-0
Gamenote: This marks the 10th straight season Dayton has
had a winning December record. The Flyers are 55-16 (.774) in
the final month during the previous nine campaigns.
STETSON Hatters (2-6)
at RICHMOND Spiders (8-2)
7:00 pm | Robins Center
Series: Richmond leads 3-1
A-10 vs. Atlantic Sun: 3-0
Gamenote: Richmond has matched its second-best start in 78
years. A win would give the Spiders their best start since 1987-88
(9-2) and would match UR's fourth-best start in school history.
UT MARTIN Skyhawks (3-7)
at SAINT LOUIS Billikens (5-3)
8:00 pm | Chaifetz Arena
Series: SLU leads 2-1
A-10 vs. OVC: 1-0
Gamenote: SLU is in the midst of nine-straight home games.
The Bills do not leave Chaifetz Arena until Jan. 12 when they play
Temple in Philly. Saint Louis is 2-0 on the homestand thus far.
ON THE TUBE
Saturday, December 15
Butler vs. Indiana (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) | 2:00 pm | CBS
Fordham vs. Princeton (Barclays Center) | 2:00 pm | YES Network
Southern Methodist at Rhode Island | 2:00 pm | Ocean State Networks
Alabama at VCU | 4:00 pm | CBS Sports Network
Florida Atlantic at Dayton | 7:00 pm | WHIO
>>Duquesne beat West Virginia (60-56), Dayton won at Alabama, (81-76), Temple beat Villanova (76-61) and La Salle beat Penn State (82-57) recently, giving the A-10 13 total wins this season
over "big six" programs. Last year, the Atlantic 10 had 28 wins versus big six schools, including three in the postseason.
>>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 a win over No. 9 North Carolina and VCU had the headline on Thanksgiving by defeating No. 19 Memphis.
>>Temple beat Towson Wednesday to improve to 7-1. The Owls got off to one of there best starts in school history, but a loss to No. 2 Duke spoiled the perfect season. La Salle is 6-1, the best Explorer
start since the 2005-06 team started 7-0. Combined, Temple and La Salle at 13-2 this season and when you add Saint Joseph's into the mix, the A-10 Philly schools are a combined 18-5.
FRIDAY'S (12/15) RESULT
MIAMI (FLA) 77, CHARLOTTE 46
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Kenny Kadji scored 17 points and Durand Scott had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 77-46 win over previously unbeaten Charlotte on Friday night
The Hurricanes never trailed as they built an 11-point halftime lead and outscored the 49ers 14-6 in the opening 5:27 of the second half. Rion Brown's 3-pointer with 14:33 remaining ended the spurt and gave Miami a 47-28 advantage
The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak at the start of the season for the 49ers (9-1)
Charlotte got to within 52-39 on Victor Nickerson's 3-pointer with 9:46 left. But Miami, which played its first game in 13 days, ran off 14 unanswered points in the next 5:26
Chris Braswell recorded his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season with 13 points off the bench. With 13 points, he moved past Diego Guevara (1997-01) into 17th place on the 49ers all-time scoring list 1212 points
Kadji's two free throws with 4:20 remaining capped the run and gave the Hurricanes a 66-39 lead.