The Atlantic 10 followed up its first week of conference play with a memorable second week that included upsets, buzzer-beaters and absolute craziness. Catch up with the latest power rankings, highlights and more.
In 140 characters or less, like on Twitter, I’ll explain my picks.
1. Butler (16-2, 3-0 A-10): Whenever VCU makes a case for me to change this, the Bulldogs do something like they did Saturday – win at the buzzer against Gonzaga.
2. Virginia Commonwealth (16-3, 4-0 A-10): The Rams somehow beat Saint Joseph’s in OT, but believe this: It’s Butler and VCU and then everybody else right now.
3. Temple (12-5, 2-2 A-10): I still like the Owls this high even after losing to St. Bonaventure and barely beating GW. Their potential is through the roof. Stuff like this happens.
4. Saint Louis (12-5, 1-2 A-10): The Billikens stay here because I wasn’t impressed enough with the below teams to move them. But losing to URI at home? Yeesh.
5. UMass (12-5, 2-2 A-10): Their roof undoubtedly lowers with Jesse Morgan’s injury. Minutemen need Chaz to be Chaz and Raphiael Putney to wake up to have a shot.
6. Charlotte (15-3, 3-1 A-10): Yes, they are 15-3, but their only A-10 wins are against La Salle, URI and Fordham, and they were blown out by Richmond. Still not sold.
7. Xavier (11-6, 4-0 A-10): Whoa! The three unbeaten teams in the A-10 are Butler, VCU and … Xavier? Remember when I writing them off? Good times.
8. Saint Joseph’s (10-6, 1-2 A-10): I’m actually giving the Hawks credit for almost beating Butler and VCU. That’s very hard to start conference play with. Could have won both.
9. La Salle (12-5, 2-2 A-10): This isn’t so much an indictment on LSU as it is just a lack of quality wins, but they can change that with games vs. Butler/VCU this week.
10. Dayton (10-7, 0-3 A-10): They’re not getting blown out, but not winning either. I still think the Flyers can make noise this season though.
11. Richmond (12-7, 2-2 A-10): Nice win for the Spiders against Charlotte. Can they keep the good vibes going against VCU and UMass?
13. St. Bonaventure (8-9, 1-3 A-10): Anyone still think the A-10 isn’t deep after the Bonnies went to Temple and upset the Owls?
14. Rhode Island (6-10, 1-2 A-10): Last week I said the Rams were better than 16th, then they went out and beat SLU on the road. It’s fun when things work out like that.
15. Fordham (5-13, 1-2 A-10): With the veterans they have, I want to like Fordham, but they need to start proving something to me.
16. Duquesne (7-11, 0-4 A-10): I’ll keep this short: It’s going to be a long year for the Dukes.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Roosevelt Jones, Butler: There wasn’t really another choice. Jones was named the NCAA’s National Player of the Week, mostly because of his 20-point performance in a thrilling win over Gonzaga, which included this buzzer-beating floater to win it.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH
Ramon Galloway, La Salle: 17.0 points per game, 3.3 assists per game, 2.5 steals per game
Rotnei Clarke, Butler: 16.3 points per game, 3.7 3-pointers per game, 44.4 3-point percentage
Chaz Williams, UMass: 16.3 points per game, 7.4 assists per game, 2.0 steals per game
Khalif Wyatt, Temple: 17.0 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, 85.0 free throw percentage
Treveon Graham, VCU: 16.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game
Semaj Christon, Xavier: 14.7 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Xavier at Charlotte, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: If you told me a few weeks ago that Xavier would be going for 5-0 in the conference with a win in this game, I would have laughed at you, but that’s what’s happening here. For the 49ers, this is a statement game, and a chance to let all of us know if they’re for real or not.
Temple at Butler, Saturday, 6 p.m.: Oh boy, this should be a fun one. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this will come down to the buzzer. Catch it on ESPN2.
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