Jordair Jett, E.C. Matthews and the A10 Bounce

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Matthews claimed Rookie-of-the-Week honors for the sixth time this season. (Photo by Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports)

News, notes and videos from around Atlantic 10 men’s basketball.

Jett and Matthews nab weekly honors

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.Saint Louis senior Jordair Jett was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week and Rhode Island freshman E.C. Matthews was named the league’s Rookie of the Week the league announced Monday. The awards are for games played Feb. 17-23.

Jett, a guard from St. Paul, Minn., led Saint Louis in scoring in both games last week, two wins that extended the Billikens’ winning streak to 19 games. Jett scored all but one of his game-high 25 points at George Mason in the second half and overtime. He also had eight assists and five rebounds against the Patriots. He followed that with 16 points, four assists and two steals in a home win over George Washington. For the week Jett, who won his fourth Player of the Week award, shot 51.7 percent.

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Seven A10 teams in the Dance?

Although the conference features just one team in the top 25 (No. 8 Saint Louis), as many as seven teams could reach the NCAA tournament from the A-10. UMass (RPI of 15), Virginia Commonwealth (RPI of 25), George Washington (RPI of 31), St. Joseph’s (RPI of 38), Richmond (47) and Dayton (57) all have worthy résumé,s and it will be interesting to see how the selection committee treats a league with nine teams inside the RPI top 100.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —The Atlantic 10 Conference has partnered with 160over90, an award-winning branding agency, to launch a national branding and advertising campaign that tips off today

Motivated by the Atlantic 10’s strategic plan, the Who Wants Next campaign uses all A-10 media partners and social media platforms to leverage the conference’s basketball-centric identity and communicate its members’ core values of winning, success, leadership, community service and academic excellence.  The league has historically been known for its grittiness and uncompromising work ethic that has led to sustained excellence in athletics and academics.

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No. 10 Bills upend GW

ST. LOUIS – Jordair Jett scored a team-high 16 points and Rob Loe finished one rebound shy of a double-double as No. 10 Saint Louis defeated George Washington 66-59 Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena. Read more…


Cool and calm SLU  keeps winning

Crews doesn’t offer any secret recipe to his team’s school-record winning streak that’s stretched to 18 games. The Billikens (24-2, 11-0) haven’t been in the spotlight for much of the season, yet that doesn’t seem to faze this mature group. Read more…

SLU streak survives several close calls

Coach Jim Crews has said a few times about how teams need to be both good and fortunate during the course of the season, and 10th-ranked SLU’s amazing 18-game winning streak, now the third-longest in college basketball after Syracuse lost Wednesday, has seen equal doses of both. Read more…

Galloway sets school record for 3s, leads SJU past Fordham

Langston Galloway hit a school-record 10 three-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points to lead Saint Joseph’s (19-7; 9-3 A-10) to an 87-72 win over Fordham (9-16; 2-10) in Atlantic 10 action at Hagan Arena. It was the Hawks’ fourth consecutive win. Read more….


UMass out battles VCU

AMHERST, Mass. – The game lived up to the hype and the early season billings between two of the Atlantic 10 Conference’s top teams this season. A match-up that had been circled on calendars and that had been sold-out for weeks left the fans just as out of breath as the players at the end of a 40-minute sprint. To the joy of the 9,493 fans in the Mullins Center, the UMass basketball team came away with a thrilling 80-75 win over VCU as P.A.I.N. officially met HAVOC this year. Read more…


Bronx Bomber

A Bronx-native, Johnson’s game is replete with New York flair, complete with pirouettes, fakes, double-clutches and shimmies. The show does not end at the final horn. An emerging press conference darling, he nicknamed his trademark floater “The Melvin” last year. Earlier this season, he told reporters that one particular acrobatic shot attempt was called “The Boogiedown”. Read more…


Energized UD outlasts La Salle

Matt Kavanaugh sparked a decisive first-half run, and Jordan Sibert made it stand as the Flyers (18-8/6-5) defeated La Salle’s Explorers (12-13/4-7), 65-53 in Atlantic 10 Conference play in front of 12,380 at UD Arena.  Read more…


Are the Flyers finding their defensive identity?

At the same time, the Flyers allowed 3 of 14 (21.4 percent) 3-pointers to a La Salle team which returned all but one player from a Sweet Sixteen squad which connected on 37.7 percent (national average 33.87) of the time a season ago. Read more…


Allen’s career night leads Richmond over La Salle

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. Sophomore Terry Allen scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Richmond men’s basketball team to a 62-49 victory over La Salle on Saturday in a sold out Robins Center. Read more…


URI rallies for win at Bona

E.C. Matthews and Xavier Munford combined for 56 points as the University of Rhode Island Rams erased a double-digit halftime deficit to defeat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 87-78 in Atlantic 10 Conference action at the Reilly Center, Saturday night.  Read more…


Bonnies hold on to defeat Duquesne

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — The Bonnies (16-10, 6-6) ran their conference record back to .500 for the first time in over a month as they defeated Duquesne (11-14, 3-9) 71-67 at the Reilly Center Wednesday. Read more…


A10 should pursue Wichita State

Wichita State is undefeated, the only team in Division I with an empty loss column. The Shockers are coming off a trip to the Final Four with most of their players back.

But when the polls came out Monday afternoon, Wichita wasn’t atop either one, landing at No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 and Coaches Poll.

Prior to this week, the teams ahead of the Shockers were also undefeated, most recently Arizona and Syracuse. Now, they’ve been passed over for a two-loss Florida squad. Read more…

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