Shabazz Napier shook off a miss at the second-half buzzer to score nine of his 24 points in overtime and lead seventh-seeded Connecticut to a 89-81 win over Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Langston Galloway scored 19 points and hit yet another huge 3-pointer, and Saint Joseph’s beat No. 23 VCU 65-61 on Sunday to win its first Atlantic 10 tournament title since 1997.
We’re hearing that Kentucky’s starting five will be Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer, and Nerlens Noel.
The biggest thing for this group? Something they’ve never dealt with before — expectations.
UMass boasts one of the Atlantic 10′s best back courts with do-everything floor general Chaz Williams and Jesse Morgan, a burgeoning off guard who could be one of the league’s best defenders.
Phil Martelli and his St. Joseph’s Hawks are looking to return to the NCAA tournament in
Florida State may have lost six seniors from last year’s team that won the ACC Tournament, but don’t discount the Seminoles from being a contender for the conference title for the second consecutive season.
It seemed like VCU was primed to remain on their perch atop the CAA standings for years to come. That all changed in May when VCU along with Butler joined the Atlantic-10 for the upcoming season.
Chaz Williams took the conference by storm in his first season in the Atlantic-10 and only figures to be more of a menace in 2012-13.
Of the Atlantic-10′s 14 teams, 10 finished with .500 or better overall records last season, and adding VCU to that mix only enhances the league as a whole.
Don’t be surprised if the Razorbacks finish among the SEC’s top four teams.
Kris Joseph may be leading the Orange in scoring and rebounding but Dion Waiters’ intangibles are a major reason why Jim Boeheim’s team is starting to resemble a runaway train.
There’s plenty to keep track of this weekend if you’re a nut for NCAA basketball. Jon Rothstein breaks down who and what to watch.