Monday quick-hitters: VCU v Tenn, 2 Dukes arrested, Dayton comings and goings, Providence interested in A-10 tourney

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Duquesne's Jeremiah Jones was one of two players arrested this past weekend for a double dose of bad news for the Dukes.

Duquesne’s Jeremiah Jones was one of two players arrested this past weekend for a double dose of bad news for the Dukes.

Some around-the-league items to start your week:

Two Duquesne players arrested
Two rising Duquesne juniors, Micah Mason and Jeremiah Jones, were arrested early Saturday morning for an alleged altercation on Pittsburgh’s popular Carson St. Jones was charged with simple assault, escape and public drunkenness for allegedly punching a 21-year-old man and taking police on a footrace through South Side. Mason ran with Jones but was charged only with possession of an altered driver’s license. Both averaged over 24 minutes per contest this past season with Mason returning as the Dukes top-returning scorer. Jones averaged 6.3 points for the Dukes in his 24.7 minutes this past season.

VCU to take part in inaugural Veterans Classic 
VCU will take on 2014 Sweet 16 participant, Tennesseee, in the inaugural Veterans Classic this upcoming season in Annapolis, Maryland. The two will play in the opening game of the event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 at the US Naval Academy. Navy will take on Michigan State following that game in a series hosted by the Naval Academy and CBS Sports in a celebration of Veterans Day.

Dayton welcomes one, says goodbye to another
Earlier this week the Dayton Flyers secured 6’6 JMU transfer, Charles Cooke. Cooke played two seasons in the CAA and averaged 14.3 points and 5 rebounds per game this past season in Harrisonburg. Cooke will sit out this next season and will have two years of eligibility starting remaining starting November of 2015. That news proceeded the decision of starting point guard, Khari Price, to transfer to be closer to his family in Louisiana. Price started all 37 games for the Flyers and averaged 6.2 points per game as a sophomore.

Providence’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center in talks to host A-10 tournament
The Atlantic 10 is currently searching for a home for its 2017 and 2018 tournaments and Providence’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center looks to be a likely home for one of those seasons. The Dunk will host a contingent from the league office and URI later this month.

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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