It was a solid weekend for the Atlantic 10 after suffering two Thursday night Ls, but a weekend that saw no real needle moving victories.
Temple saw their first real test of the season in East Rutherford, NJ against the No.2 Duke Blue Devils, a test they’d like a retake on after falling by 23 in their first loss of the season. That L left just one undefeated team in the Atlantic 10, the red hot Charlotte 49ers.
The Niners might need a few months on the South Beach diet after downing so many cupcakes in their first nine games, but they remain 9-0 none the less, and sit at 30th in the RPI as of this writing. Charlotte travels to Miami (5-1) this Friday.
The Butler Bulldogs knocked off another BCS squad in perhaps the biggest A-10 win this past weekend, taking down Northwestern on the road 74-65. Center Andrew Smith showed the dawgs are more than just a bunch of deep threats, posting 24 points to go with 10 rebounds in his first double-double of the season.
A-10 weekend record: 8-4
VCU 83 @ ODU 70
Central Michigan 66 @ Charlotte 78
Kansas St 65 @ George Washington 62
St. Bonaventure 70 @ Arkansas State 73
Temple 67 @ Duke 90
LaSalle 66 @ Northeastern 64
Richmond 83 @ JMU 82
New Orleans 70 @ Duquesne 88
Fordham 47 @ St. John’s 58
Butler 74 @ Northwestern 65
Miami (OH) 61 @ Dayton 83
Kent State 55 @ Xavier 62
Devin Oliver (Dayton) – 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
Cedrick Lindsey (Richmond) – 13 points, 11 assists and 6-8 free throw mark including two to send the game to OT after trailing by two with three seconds left in regulation.
Tyreek Duren (La Salle) – 12 points, 4 steals and 3 assists including a game winning jump shot with two seconds to play.
Andrew Smith (Butler) – 24 points and 10 rebounds including eight on offense at Northwestern.
Troy Daniels (VCU) – 24 points on eight made three-pointers at rival Old Dominion.
This week’s marquee matchups:
St. Joseph’s @ Villanova (7PM ESPNU)
Duquesne v West Virginia
Charlotte @ Miami (7PM ESPN3)
Butler v #1 Indiana (2PM CBS)
VCU v Alabama (4PM CCS)
La Salle @ Bucknell (7PM)