Troy Daniels, Willie Clayton and the A10 Bounce

Troy Daniels (Courtesy of VCU Athletics)
Troy Daniels (Courtesy of VCU Athletics)

All that is good with Atlantic 10 men’s basketball.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. The Atlantic 10 Conference has named VCU senior Troy Daniels its men’s basketball Player of the Week and Charlotte freshman Willie Clayton its Rookie of the Week. The awards were announced Monday for games played during the week of Jan. 10-16.

Daniels broke his own school record and the A-10 record for three-pointers with 11 for a career-high 33 points in a road victory at ETSU and tallied 11 points in a victory over Lehigh.  The guard also posted first career double-double with 10 rebounds against the Buccaneers and led the Rams to their eighth and ninth straight wins. A Roanoke, Va., native he was 15-of-31 (.484) from the field and 14-of-29 (.483) beyond the arc while committing just one turnover in the two games.  Daniels ranks second in the country in three-pointers made (64), first in the country in three-pointers per game (4.27) and he has moved into fifth place on VCU’s all-time three-pointers made list (191).

Clayton recorded his third career double-double and second straight double-double in the overtime victory against UNC Asheville. The Thomasville, Ga., native scored 16 points and 16 rebounds in the 49ers only game of the week. A forward, he made four field goals and eight free throws in the effort while recording two steals and a block. His 16 rebounds is one of the highest rebounds total by a freshman in school history.

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VCU grinds out 59-55 victory over Lehigh

The Rams returned home and used a stellar defensive effort to pick up their ninth straight victory with a 59-55 defeat of a very talented Lehigh squad. The Mountain Hawks, who entered the contest as the 12th-highest scoring offense in the country, were held to just two field-goals over the final 6:16, while VCU connected on 8-of-8 from the charity stripe over the final six minutes to seal the 59-55 win. SophomoreTreveon Graham led all scorers with 17 points on the night.

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 Riley and Esho lead UMass past Eastern Michigan

AMHERST, Mass. – Behind 18 points from Freddie Riley and 13 points from Maxie Esho, the UMass basketball team cruised past Eastern Michigan 75-61 on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. A strong shooting effort from behind the arc paced the Minutemen thanks in part to Riley’s 6-of-9 shooting performance.

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Dayton defeats UAB, 78-71

DAYTON, OH – The University of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team closed the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 78-71 win over the UAB Blazers on Saturday night at UD Arena. The Flyers improved 10-4 on the season and have won at least 10 non-conference games for the seventh consecutive season. The Blazers fell to 8-7.

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Butler outlasts New Orleans, 57-44

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Freshman Kellen Dunham came off the bench with a game-high 15 points and sophomore Khyle Marshall added 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Butler to a 57-44 victory over a patient New Orleans squad on Saturday, Jan. 5.  The victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse was the ninth in a row for the nationally-ranked Bulldogs.



Bills hold off Savannah State

ST. LOUIS – Mike McCall Jr. scored a game-high 17 points, and Saint Louis survived a second-half scare from Savannah State to post a 67-59 victory over the Tigers Friday night at Chaifetz Arena.

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La Salle bounces back with 74-57 victory over Penn

PHILADELPHIA – La Salle bounced back from a loss at Miami to earn a 74-57 victory over Big 5 rival Penn on Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena behind a gritty defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack.

Four Explorers (10-3, 2-0 Big 5) reached double figures, led by 17 each from Tyreek Duren and Ramon Galloway. The Blue and Gold forced 21 Quaker turnovers and capitalized with 18 points off turnovers in the contest. With the victory, La Salle improved its Big 5 record to 2-0 on the season.

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Ruth’s Chris Sizzlin’ Play of the Week


Red hot Spiders clip Air Force

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. Sophomore Kendall Anthony scored a career-high 31 points and Richmond tied the Robins Center record for three-pointers with 16 in a 91-68 victory over Air Force on Wednesday night.

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Spiders spend time with the homeless

RICHMOND, Va. The Spider men’s basketball team spent time with the homeless through the CARITAS program at Derbyshire Baptist Church.

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49ers top UNC Asheville in overtime

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Led by the balanced scoring attack with four players in double-figures, the Charlotte 49ers (12-2) defeated the UNC Asheville Bulldogs (6-8), 71-63, in overtime in their final non-conference game.

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Bona falls at Colorado State 

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Colorado State (13-2) built a double-digit advantage just more than five minutes into the game and never allowed St. Bonaventure (7-6) to lead as the Bonnies were defeated in their non-conference finale Saturday afternoon, 85-64.

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Temple: Above the rim

Scootie Randall on graduating

Atlantic 10 non-conference report card

With Atlantic 10 play set to tipoff tomorrow night, fans from southern New England, west through Philly and Ohio and all the way down through Virginia are waiting in great anticipation for what’s left in store, let’s take a minute to reflect on what’s already passed us by.

As inevitably is the case year in and year out, some teams have pleasantly surprised while others have disappointed, failing to meet expectations, however big or small.

Some team’s time is now, while another’s is clearly another year or so away. With teachers around the country taking a step back from the grade book during the holiday break, I’ve decided to do the honors myself by providing a grade book below, critiquing each of the 16 Atlantic 10 teams.

The number in parentheses next to each team represents the Strength of Strength as of January 8th, 2013.

So without further ado…

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Five who will impact the A10 race

Combine that with an ability to get in the paint and post up his man along with a slippery upfake and finish at the rim, and Sanford is exactly what the Flyers need. With Dillard using high ball screens and looking for chances in the lane, Sanford makes himself available on the perimeter for an outlet.

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10,000 Sims: Atlantic 10 is VCU’s to lose

Atlantic 10 conference play is nearing and the league looks to be quite stacked once again. Virginia Commonwealth leads a legion of talented teams that have already taken down Indiana and Syracuse among many others. If you believe Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (and my simulator) then VCU is the team to beat.

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