None of the following is my work, but it’s good work. On tap from my pen: setting up the conference season.
EDIT: Big Apple Buckets ran a 10,000-season simulation. Really interesting results for stats geeks like you and me. We also appreciate the Monty Python reference.
EDIT: Mike Miller from NBCSports lends intelligent perspective.
Around the Horns profiles the growth of VCU point guard Darius Theus.
Basketball Prospectus proves again it’s wiser than most–it sees the success of Georgia State.
Defiantly Dutch tells a Christmas Story, but this is about Charles Jenkins, not a Red Ryder BB Gun.
Brian Mull invokes the word satchel, but it’s a story about the importance of defense for UNCW and the entire conference.
Random but interesting number per CAA Media Overlord Rob Washburn:
- Along with Georgia State’s school-record nine-game winning streak, several other CAA teams are playing well. VCU has won six in a row and seven of its last eight. The Rams’ six victories have all been by double digits, which is the first time they have accomplished that feat since 1973-74. Drexel has captured its last four games, James Madison has won five of its last six, including three in a row on the road, and George Mason has claimed six of its last eight contests.
- Several CAA teams are excelling defensively. Three teams (Drexel, Georgia State and VCU) are holding opponents under 60 points per game, while George Mason, GSU and Delaware are limiting foes to less than 40% FG shooting. VCU leads the CAA and ranks 6th in Division I with 10.2 steals per game and it’s 2nd in the nation in opposition turnover rate (27%). GSU, Old Dominion and Northeastern are also averaging better than 8.7 steals per game. The Rams are 8th in Division I in turnover margin (+6.5 tpg) and 13th in forced turnovers.
- UNCW guard Adam Smith ranked fifth in scoring among all freshmen in Division I through games of Dec. 25. Smith trailed Kyle Vinales of Central Connecticut (20.2 ppg), Juan’ya Green of Niagara (19.1 ppg), Justin Edwards of Maine (17.3 ppg) and Stephan Hicks of CS-Northridge (17.1 ppg). Smith has scored double figures in eight of 10 UNCW games, including a UNCW freshman-record 32 points at Wake Forest, a 27-point effort at Toledo and 23 points at Maryland.
- Seven CAA players have already recorded two or more double-doubles this season. ODU senior Chris Cooper has recorded seven double-doubles, as has Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins, who has recorded seven consecutive double-doubles. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman has five double-doubles and George Mason’s Ryan Pearson and Towson’s Robert Nwankwo each have four. Eleven of the 12 CAA teams have a player with at least one double-double.
- VCU senior Bradford Burgess has made 122 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and broke the Rams’ all-time record. James Madison senior Julius Wells has started 109 straight games, which ranks second on the Dukes’ career list. Wells ranks 8th on JMU’s all-time scoring list last week with 1,395 points and Burgess is 14th on the VCU’s all-time points list with 1,376 points.
- Delaware junior Jamelle Hagins, who had his 7th straight double-double (15pts/15reb) at Howard, leads the CAA with 11.8 rpg. He is averaging 14.8 ppg and 13.5 rpg over the last 7 contests. His double-double streak is the longest for a UD player since Harding Nana in 2004-05. He also has 28 blocks.
- Drexel’s Samme Givens scored 15 points at BU and is averaging 16.3 ppg while shooting 73.9% from the floor (17-23) over his last three games. Givens ranks 5th on Drexel’s career rebounding list with 843.
- Drexel’s Chris Fouch is averaging 16.0 ppg in his last four games after scoring 8 total points in his first two games back from knee surgery.
- Mason’s Ryan Pearson averaged 19.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg last week, including his 4th double-double (25pts/10reb) vs. Manhattan. He has scored double figures in 12 of his last 13 games and is among the CAA’s top five in scoring (18.3ppg/4th) and rebounds (7.9rpg/5th).
- Mason’s Mike Morrison posted his 2nd double-double (16pts/11reb) in the last 3 games vs. Manhattan. He’s averaging 13.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg over the three-game stretch.
- The Panthers are allowing only 51.8 ppg while scoring 73.2 ppg during the nine-game winning streak. GSU has held five foes under 50 pts.
- Georgia State sophomore Devonta White scored 17 points vs. Georgia Southern and is averaging 18.0 ppg over the past three games.
- Hofstra senior Mike Moore scored a team-high 24 points vs. Colgate. Moore has a league-best nine 20+-point efforts this season and leads the CAA in scoring (21.2 ppg). He’s been HU’s top scorer in 11 of 12 games.
- JMU senior Humpty Hitchens had 17 pts and 5 assists at GW and a team-best 12 pts vs. The Citadel. He leads the CAA in assists (4.9 apg), ranks 6th in scoring (16.4ppg), 4th in steals (2.0spg) and is 2nd in 3-pointers and 3rd in 3-pt FG percentage.
- UNCW junior Keith Rendleman recorded his 5th double-double at Wake with 14 pts and 10 reb. Rendleman has scored double figures in a league-high 9 straight games and ranks 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and 8th in scoring (14.3 ppg).
- NU junior Jonathan Lee grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds at La. Tech and had a team-best 15 pts at NCSU. Lee has scored double figures in 20 of his last 22 games. Lee ranks among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.0ppg/10th), assists (3.7apg/8th) and steals (2.4spg/2nd).
- NU freshman Quincy Ford had 10 pts and 9 reb at La. Tech and grabbed a career-high 10 boards at NCSU. Ford is averaging 12.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg over his past five games.
- ODUs Kent Bazemore averaged 19.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg last week and also had 6 assists and 5 steals. He went over 1,000 pts for his career at UR. Bazemore ranks 4th on ODU’s career steals list with 208 and tops the CAA with 2.7 spg this season.
- Towson senior Robert Nwankwo averaged 14.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg last week and shot 63.2% from the floor. He is among the CAA’s top 15 in scoring (12.3ppg/16th), rebounds (8.8rpg/4th) and blocks (1.9bpg/4th).
- VCU sophomore Juvonte Reddic scored 16 pts on 8-9 FG shooting vs. UAB and 15 pts on 5-7 shooting at UNCG. Reddic is averaging 15.7 ppg and 7.0 rpg in his last 3 games.
- VCU is 41-2 under Shaka Smart when holding opponents to 65 points or less. The Rams are allowing 56.3ppg in the last 6 gms.
- VCU recorded its 9th straight sellout crowd (7,617) against UAB.
- W&M senior Quinn McDowell scored a team-high 18 points vs. Iona, which was his top scoring effort since Nov. 20. The two-time All-CAA performer vaulted to 11th place on W&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,351 points.
- W&M junior Matt Rum hit three treys and scored 12 points against Iona. He’s tallied double figures in three of his four starts.