Week #3 - Games of Interest.

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Week #3 - Games of Interest.

Unread postby Obadiah » 3 weeks ago

A look at the rankings shows the poor performance of the A-10 in the early season as no A-10 teams are in the Top 25 in either poll. URI has dropped from #27 in the AP poll to a position where they got one vote. No other A-10 team got votes. Alabama breaks into the Top 25 as #25. Seton Hall moves to #20. Also getting votes are Nevada and PC. We see a similar situation in the USA Today Coaches poll. Here Virginia gets the #25 position and URI gets three votes as the only A-10 team getting any votes.

For what it's worth given the early time frame, here are key ratings for URI as of the beginning of Week #3:

RPI - 22
BPI - 40
Sagarin - 41
Pomeroy - 56

Monday night action, in the A-10:

VCU versus Marquette in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. 2:30 PM. On ESPN2.

Richmond versus UAB in the Cayman Islands Classic. 5 PM.

Rider at George Washington. Campus game in the Las Vegas Invitational. 7 PM.

Maryland - Eastern Shore at St. Bonaventure. Campus game in the Emerald Coast Classic. 7 PM.


No games involving URI OOC opponents scheduled.

In other games of interest:

Buffalo versus #12 Cincinnati in the Cayman Islands Classic. 7:30 PM.
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Unread postby ace » 3 weeks ago

Couple of non-basketball thoughts while watching VCU-Marquette... I’m glad Jonathan Williams is sticking with that “just got out from being trapped in the Jumanji game” look, and a couple of Marquette players have very punchable faces. That is all.


Also, I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but I really can’t wait for conference play.
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ace wrote:Couple of non-basketball thoughts while watching VCU-Marquette... I’m glad Jonathan Williams is sticking with that “just got out from being trapped in the Jumanji game” look, and a couple of Marquette players have very punchable faces. That is all.


Also, I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but I really can’t wait for conference play.


That game is helter skelter!
VCU is good. It looks to me like they're back to the havoc that Shaka Smart started there.
They have so many long athletes! And they're nailing all these tough threes!
Hope they can pick up a good win.
Go VCU Go A-10
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I watched the game against Virginia too and they are fun to watch for sure
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Unread postby Section104 » 3 weeks ago

Marquette has a lot of shooters.

VCU looked lost in the half court - not a very smart offensive unit and they gave up some key second (and third and fourth and fifth) chance points at the wrong time.

I'm not impressed with VCU.

This could very well be a 1 bid league. What a terrible start.
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Unread postby reef » 3 weeks ago

Let's say goodnight to the VCU Rams
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Unread postby Obadiah » 3 weeks ago

Offsetting the disappointing VCU loss to Marquette, 94-83, Richmond's young players found their beat as the Spiders won in convincing fashion over UAB, 63-50. Richmond led throughout the game, most often by double digits, despite unspectacular shooting.
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Section104 wrote:Marquette has a lot of shooters.

VCU looked lost in the half court - not a very smart offensive unit and they gave up some key second (and third and fourth and fifth) chance points at the wrong time.

I'm not impressed with VCU.

This could very well be a 1 bid league. What a terrible start.


Yeah In that regard they kinda reminded me of us against Nevada.

I see them blossoming in A-10 play and making a push for an at large. Like they've done the last couple years.
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Unread postby reef » 3 weeks ago

That's a nice win for the Richmond Spiders
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Section104 wrote:Marquette has a lot of shooters.

VCU looked lost in the half court - not a very smart offensive unit and they gave up some key second (and third and fourth and fifth) chance points at the wrong time.

I'm not impressed with VCU.

This could very well be a 1 bid league. What a terrible start.


They took a lot of dumb shots but they did have a lot of good passing sequences
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Unread postby Obadiah » 3 weeks ago

More see-saw results in the A-10.

St. Bonaventure routs Maryland-Eastern Shore, 96-48. The game was only close for the first five minutes and Bonnies had overall terrific shooting hitting on 14 of 24 three-point shots alone.

On the down side, Rider upset George Washington on the Colonials home court, 67-65. GW completely botched their final possession to tie the game highlighted by a Rider steal. Rider lost three seniors and a grad student from last season and was forecast to finish in the bottom half of the Metro Atlantic.
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Unread postby rambone 78 » 3 weeks ago

Not looking like the A10 will end up anywhere near the 8th or so ranked conference they've been for the last few years.

That translates into 2 bids at most.

We will need to either win the regular season title or the conference tourney. And even winning the regular season might not guarantee anything.
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#12 Cincinnati beat Buffalo in the Cayman Islands Classic, 73-67. Buffalo trailed most of game often by low double digits, but they rallied in second half to close gap to 4 with about a minute left, but could not get any closer.
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Unread postby reef » 3 weeks ago

I had Buffalo +15.5 seemed like way too many points
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In Tuesday action in the A-10:

VCU versus California in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. 4 PM. On ESPN2.

Louisiana versus George Mason in the Cancun Challenge. 6 PM. On CBSSN.

Western Carolina at UMass in a campus game in the Barclay's Center Classic. 7 PM.

Richmond versus #12 Cincinnati in the Caymans Island Classic semifinals. 7:30 PM.

In a game that will provide an interesting comparative view, Davidson
at Nevada. 10 PM.


In games involving URI OOC opponents:

Florida Gulf Coast at Middle Tennessee. 7:30 PM.

UT Arlington at #25 Alabama in a campus game in the Barclays Center Classic. 9 PM. On SECN.
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Really interested to see Davidson play a team that can play defense
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Unread postby sf2010 » 3 weeks ago

VCU can do no wrong today - hit 10 3's in the first half, beating Cal 55-29 at halftime.
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sf2010 wrote:VCU can do no wrong today - hit 10 3's in the first half, beating Cal 55-29 at halftime.


VCU got into Maui later than everyone else due to the UVA game as well as a 5 hour delay in Dallas for engine trouble. Lost out on sleep and a full practice - I think it really showed today.

Also working Nine new players into the rotation. They will get better as the season goes along, enough talent to compete for an at large. Big game with Shaka and Texas coming to Richmond in two weeks.
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George Mason laid an egg ??
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Omg Richmond what happened to you.
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At the half, Nevada leads Davidson by two points in what has been a see-saw battle. Davidson is rotating 10 men in the game and 8 of them have scored. Nevada is playing only 7, so Davidson may be trying to wear down the Wolfpack.The Davidson front court is doing a pretty good job of protecting the rim and has accomplished it without fouling. Nevada is 1-2 on FT's in the first 20 minutes. Davidson has already put up 18 three pointers, but their % is down versus their first two games.
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Unread postby wpbrown8267 » 3 weeks ago

Bama escaped getting beat by UT-Arlington

77-76 at home

Sexton was the only one that showed up with 29 pts

John Petty had a rough game
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UT Arlington gave Alabama all it could handle and led for over two thirds of the game. UTA had a shot at the win when Alabama turned the ball over with 17 seconds left and down one, but a jumper at the buzzer just missed. UTA who last year won the regular season Sun Belt title and made it to the NIT quarterfinals is expected to again contend for the Sun Belt title.
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Nevada came out blazing in the second half and beat Davidson, 81-68. Davidson relied very much on the three point play and their % in the early going was weak, but with the game slipping away the Wildcats improved to end up 13-36. The Wolfpack won the battle of the FT line 12 -9, a marked contrast to URI game. Davison was sloppy with the ball as Nevada had 11 steals.
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Obadiah wrote:Nevada came out blazing in the second half and beat Davidson, 81-68. Davidson relied very much on the three point play and their % in the early going was weak, but with the game slipping away the Wildcats improved to end up 13-36. The Wolfpack won the battle of the FT line 12 -9, a marked contrast to URI game. Davison was sloppy with he ball as Nevada had 11 steals.


They too could not stop Caroline. Nevada overall had too much athleticism.


Davidson is just a one trick pony. If they don't shoot threes well they have no chance.
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Unread postby reef » 3 weeks ago

I had both Arlington and Nevada . Arlington +11.5 is a sneaky good team
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PeterRamTime wrote:
Obadiah wrote:Nevada came out blazing in the second half and beat Davidson, 81-68. Davidson relied very much on the three point play and their % in the early going was weak, but with the game slipping away the Wildcats improved to end up 13-36. The Wolfpack won the battle of the FT line 12 -9, a marked contrast to URI game. Davison was sloppy with he ball as Nevada had 11 steals.


They too could not stop Caroline. Nevada overall had too much athleticism.
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Caroline had 16 points, 9 rebounds
Caleb Martin had 26 points, 8 rebiunds
Nevada only takes 17 FTs compared to the 40+ vs URI. They still scored 81 points though.
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In Wednesday action in the A-10:

Richmond versus Louisiana in the Caymans Islands Classic. 5 PM.

VCU versus Michigan in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. 5 PM. On ESPN2.

Fresno State versus George Mason in the Cancun Challenge. 6 PM.

La Salle at #11 Miami. 7 PM. On ACCNE.

Detroit Mercy at Saint Louis. In a 2K Classic campus game. 8 PM.


In games involving URI OOC opponents:

Holy Cross at Fairleigh Dickinson. 2PM.

Charleston versus Cal Poly. Great Alaska Shootout. 4 PM.

Brown at Stony Brook. 6 PM.

Belmont at PC. 2k Classic campus game. 7 PM. On FS1.

Monmouth at UNC Asheville. Campus game in the NIT Season Tip-Off. 7PM.

Other:

South Dakota State versus Buffalo. Cayman Islands Classic. 2:30 PM.
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I will be on a holiday trip for the next several days and will have difficulty in keeping this thread updated, so any help will be appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving to all Keaney Blue posters!!
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FINAL SCORES

Wednesday action in the A-10:

Richmond 76 versus Louisiana 82 in the Caymans Islands Classic. 5 PM.

VCU 60 versus Michigan 68 in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. 5 PM. On ESPN2.

Fresno State 79 versus George Mason 73 in the Cancun Challenge. 6 PM.

La Salle 46 at #11 Miami 57. 7 PM. On ACCNE.

Detroit Mercy 72 at Saint Louis 70. In a 2K Classic campus game. 8 PM.


In games involving URI OOC opponents:

Holy Cross 76 at Fairleigh Dickinson 87. 2PM.

Charleston 68 versus Cal Poly 73. Great Alaska Shootout. 4 PM.

Brown 64 at Stony Brook 77. 6 PM.

Belmont 65 at PC 66. 2k Classic campus game. 7 PM. On FS1.

Monmouth 51 at UNC Asheville 62. Campus game in the NIT Season Tip-Off. 7PM.

Other:

South Dakota State 94 versus Buffalo 80. Cayman Islands Classic. 2:30 PM.
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Thank you RF!!!
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Unread postby Tom98 » 3 weeks ago

Hoping Providence loses to Belmont. 5 minutes left and it’s a tied game. And I don’t care if them losing affects our BPI or whatever...
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Wooooooahh

Kyron Cartwright with the ICE in his veins!

That was bonkerzz!
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Better to happen to Belmont than us...that would have made our mixtape of insane dagger 3's against us for sure
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Unread postby reef » 3 weeks ago

That's a nice win by PC as Belmont can play
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gorhody89 wrote:Better to happen to Belmont than us...that would have made our mixtape of insane dagger 3's against us for sure


No kidding....

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Unread postby ramster » 3 weeks ago

PC was favored by 9.5 points, not so impressive a win.
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All five A-10 teams that played on Wednesday night lost. The league is now barely above .500 vs D1 as it is just 30-28 with about 1/3 of the OOC schedule already concluded. It is presently rated the 13th best conference. It is behind leagues such as the MVC, WAC, Mountain West, Big West, and Summit. Conferences in this range (13th) of the RPI typically send just ONE team to the NCAA Tournament via the automatic bid route. They rarely send teams to the NCAA as an at large. The A-10 really needs to improve its OOC record in the next 5-6 weeks or it will be in trouble on selection Sunday. Its typical three or more NCAA bids does not look like it will be happening this year.


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http://www.rpiforecast.com/live-conf-rpi.html
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RF1 wrote:All five A-10 teams that played on Wednesday night lost. The league is now barely above .500 vs D1 as it is just 30-28 with about 1/3 of the OOC schedule already concluded. It is presently rated the 13th best conference. It is behind leagues such as the MVC, WAC, Mountain West, Big West, and Summit. Conferences in this range (13th) of the RPI typically send just ONE team to the NCAA Tournament via the automatic bid route. They rarely send teams to the NCAA as an at large. The A-10 really needs to improve its OOC record in the next 5-6 weeks or it will be in trouble on selection Sunday.

Conference RPI
http://www.rpiforecast.com/live-conf-rpi.html


The ship be sinking.
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ramster wrote:PC was favored by 9.5 points, not so impressive a win.


Will be a top 100 rpi win at the end of the year .
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A win is a win. Always take them. A loss is a loss. I am not into bad wins or good losses. BTW Belmont is good.
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UCH21377 wrote:A win is a win. Always take them. A loss is a loss. I am not into bad wins or good losses. BTW Belmont is good.


Yes they are very well coached. PC was fortunate to win no question.
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Wow Vandy getting smoked.
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Unread postby reef » 3 weeks ago

Big night for the Hurley family as ASU wins also vs Kansas State
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Tough day for the A10 so far. Other than us, UMass, GW and Saint Joes lost. Bonnie’s currently down one at half against Maryland, hopefully they can pick up the win.
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josephski wrote:Tough day for the A10 so far. Other than us, UMass, GW and Saint Joes lost. Bonnie’s currently down one at half against Maryland, hopefully they can pick up the win.



With the Bonnies game not yet completed, the A-10 slipped to below .500 tonight vs D1 teams. It is currently 31-34 with SBU trailing Maryland early in the 2nd half.
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When was the last year the A10 was so poor OOC ??
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Too bad Rhody didn't schedule Arizona...
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Bonnie's!

63-61 over Maryland!

There's some life yet in the A-10!

They also scored the game winner without Mobley on the court because he fouled out.
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PeterRamTime wrote:Bonnie's!

63-61 over Maryland!

There's some life yet in the A-10!

They also scored the game winner without Mobley on the court because he fouled out.

Hopefully that ends up being a solid win come tournament time. Maryland did not look as good as they have the past several years.
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