A few links, stats, and notes to tide you over for a smidge…lots later that can’t yet make it out of the hopper…

Georgia State giving back to its community in a flat-out awesome way.  

Mark Selig offers insight into Matt Brady’s struggles during a tough year, by Matt Brady.

Brian Mull debuts another weekly must-read.

And some data, per the outssanding conference office:

Road Teams Have Early Success: Road teams went 6-6 last week, continuing an early-season trend of success by visiting squads. Through the first 36 conference contests, home teams are only 19-17 (.528). Old Dominion moved to 3-0 on the road in CAA play after edging Delaware 68-66 in overtime last Wednesday, while Northeastern also improved to 3-0 on the road after winning 64-62 at Hofstra. George Mason also has three CAA road victories (3-1). Six of the league’s 12 teams are .500 or better on the road in CAA play.

Youth Is Served: All 12 CAA teams have at least one freshman on their team who is averaging better than 16 minutes per game and each CAA team has had a freshman start at least two games. Four freshmen are among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring: UNCW’s Adam Smith, Drexel’s Damion Lee, W&M’s Marcus Thornton and UD’s Kyle Anderson.

Doubling Up: Twelve CAA players have already recorded two or more double-doubles this season. ODU senior Chris Cooper and YouDee junior Jamelle Hagins have recorded a league-best 10 double-doubles. Hagins had a streak of seven straight from Nov. 26-Dec. 19. Cooper and Hagins are tied for 9th in the nation in double-doubles as of Jan. 16. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman has eight double-doubles, George Mason’s Ryan Pearson has six and Towson’s Robert Nwankwo has five. Eleven of the 12 CAA teams have a player with at least one double-double.

VCU’s Burgess Leads Nation In Consecutive Starts: VCU senior Bradford Burgess has made 128 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and is the VCU and CAA all-time record. With 15 more starts, Burgess would pass Patrick Ewing’s record of 142 straight starts at Georgetown. Burgess ranks first on the CAA’s career scoring list among active players with 1,455 points.

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