As has become the norm, here’s some Saturday nuggets. Monday Sankalpa to come:

  • VCU had eight turnovers in its win over UNCW, the fourth straight game in which they’ve had 10 or fewer turnovers. The Rams have forced more steals than committed turnovers in six of its last nine games (all victories).
  • Joey Rodriguez this week: 28 points, three points, 25 points.
  • We’ll have more on the defensive prowess of Ed Nixon, but Nixon played the starring role in shutting down Chad Tomko. The UNCW catalyst didn’t attempt a shot for the first nine minutes of their game, and shot just twice in the first half.
  • Towson jokes aside, ODU shot the ball well: 60% from three, 63% overall, and 70% from the line. If anything, it means confidence.
  • Biggest thing we saw: ODU was up 17 points with about five minutes to play, and Frank Hassell was playing as hard as ever.
  • Hassell had a 16/10 double double with 7 offensive rebounds.
  • Amazingly, Towson grabbed 10 rebounds in the entire game. The final tally was 32-10 on the glass.
  • We warned you about Joel Smith. NU has now won three in a row, and Smith’s 15 points represent the seventh straight game he’s scored 14 or more points.
  • What is it this year with big comebacks? Trailing by 19 points with just less than seven minutes remaining, Georgia State held the NU without a field goal over the final 6:56 and nearly caught the Huskies.
  • Georgia State‚Äôs bench outscored Northeastern’s 46-2.
  • Tony Shaver, on Mason: “We just couldn’t stop them, quite honestly. So many weapons on the floor.”
  • The Patriots shot 53.6 % from the field and made 19-23 free throws. Mason committed just four turnovers.
  • Did somebody say comebacks? On the heels of three straight three pointers, Delaware took a 50-31 lead on JMU with about 13 minutes to play. At home. The Dukes put a 30-11 run on the Hens and won 77-71.
  • JMU has now coughed up a 15-point second half lead and come back from a 19-point second half deficit in the past three games. Go figure them.
  • We may have to question assists even more now, under the Corchiani Rule. We find it hard to believe JMU can have an assist on just four of 25 baskets, and Devon Moore zero.
  • Favorite stat of the weekend: Ben Louis with five fouls in nine minutes, and not another recorded stat.
  • Congratulations to Charles Jenkins, who broke Hofstra’s all time scoring mark. But Dartaye Ruffn, a freshman, had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Drexel past The Dutchmen in a tense, boisterous affair.
  • Of note: Drexel is a terrible shooting team and made all four freebies in the last 27 seconds, extended a 61-60 nailbiter into the final margin.

4 Responses to “Saturday Evening Lookback…”

  1. Handle Says:

    I echo the congrats to Charles Jenkins. He’s a good representative of his school and I’m glad to see him having such a good year.

    Assuming the top CAA programs have no more “bad losses” and go deep in the CAA tournament, we’ll get at least two schools into the NCAA’s.

  2. MASONscott Says:

    In previous years you have made arguments questioning the bracketbuster.
    I think these matchups helped Mason in the FF year with the WSU game. This year looks like another year that Mason and VCU could use that boost to their resume.

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on that?

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  4. redskinram Says:

    Thanks for noting VCU’s low turnovers. We’ve been #1 in the country in steal to turnover ratio for a few weeks running.

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