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This Week in the A-10
By Christian Marge | November 24, 2008
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Keith Cothran, Junior, URI. Quite simply, Keith Cothran had his best week as a collegiate player, leading URI to a 2-0 week with wins over Monmouth and Virginia Commonwealth. In back to back games, Cothran set new career highs in points, as he poured in 18 against Monmouth, and 23 against the CAA favorites, VCU. Cothran shot a blistering 17-26 (65%) from the field during the two-game stretch. On the year, the junior is averaging 14.7 points and 1.7 steals per game, while also shooting 42.9% from three point range; up 19% on the young season, from his figure last season.
HONORABLE MENTION: Aaron Jackson, (Sr.) Duquesne; Dionte Christmas, (Sr.) Temple; Rodney Green, (Jr.) La Salle.
(Note: College Chalktalk’s week runs from the previous Monday through Sunday, given the release of ‘This Week in the A-10′ each Monday morning.)
GAME OF THE WEEK: November 21st, 2008. Xavier 63, Virginia Tech 62.
In a week full of close games, this one took the cake as Xavier’s Dante Jackson nailed a half-court buzzer beater to lead the Musketeers to a one-point win in the semifinal of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Jackson had been 0-8 from the field before he let his miraculous shot fly. The win for Xavier marked the first blemish for Virginia Tech. In fact, it marked the first game any ACC team had lost this season, as the conference had gone 29-0 til Jackson’s shot banked off the glass and dropped through the net.
HONORABLE MENTION: St. Bonaventure 64, Rutgers 63 (OT).
GAME OF THE UPCOMING WEEK: Ahmad Nivins (21.0 ppg., 12.5 rpg) leads Saint Joseph’s out to Maui to face a Texas Longhorns squad in the Maui Invitational. Texas has excellent balance, led by A.J. Abrams and Damion James. The Hawks’ Tasheed Carr, formerly of the Big 12 (Iowa State) will try to contain Abrams and frustrate the Longhorn attack, as SJU would prefer to keep this contest in the sixties.
RPI BOOST OF THE WEEK: Xavier (Current RPI: No. 13)
A perfect 4-0 on the week with your lowest ranked opponent at RPI#119 (Missouri) will certainly boost team standing. The Musketeers made a final jump, leaping fifteen spots by knocking off Memphis to claim the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Championship.
RPI FALL OF THE WEEK: Charlotte (Current RPI: No. 319)
It’s difficult to fall harder than the 49ers have to start the season. Their lone win on the season came against RPI #337 UNC-Greensboro. A strength of schedule at 299 and a 1-3 record hurts the ‘Niner cause. RPI help is on the way if Charlotte can seize the opportunity in a loaded Anaheim Classic field this coming weekend.