Mar 2, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen guard Freddie Riley (23) brings the ball down court in the second half against the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center. Umass defeated Xavier 77-72. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

A10: Buckets and Bricks

It’s that time again. With 12 games this last week, we’re long overdue for a look around the A10 conference. Who’s up, who’s down? Let’s take a gander at some recent A10 action.

Brick: UMass.

The Minutemen went 0-2 this week, first falling in the always hostile Reilly Center in Olean and then to St. Joe’s. Individually, no big deal. Taken together, that’s damaging. Going to the half against the Hawks with the score of 41-25? Well, that doesn’t help either. Add in the loss to Richmond just a few days earlier and UMass starts to look like the middle-of-the-pack team they currently are and not the competitors for the top spot that we thought they were.

They’ll be out of the top 25 for sure (written Saturday evening).

Bucket: Dayton finally gets a decent win.

The Flyers have been struggling this conference season, going 1 – 5 in their first six games after being ranked briefly early in the season. They still have an uphill battle ahead of them, but their 75-65 win over what has become a strong George Washington team is at least the first step in putting some dressing on the wounds.

Brick: SLU

Saint Louis has some work to do after two recent scares. Duquesne fans are quite familiar with the first of these, unfortunately. The second came at the hands of the George Mason Patriots on Saturday. GMU took the Billikens to overtime and couldn’t prevail, but they had several chances within the closing minute to win the game, and indeed were up by three with 44 seconds left before SLU drained a trey to tie it up. Saint Louis is perhaps playing down to their competition, not a recipe for success. Those late game threes aren’t always going to fall.

On the other hand, they did win these games, so who are we to talk?

Bucket: Fordham

Fordham had a pretty nice performance in a win over Rhode Island. Jon Severe hasn’t started the last two games – one reportedly because of a poor practice and another due to illness, though he played 30 minutes in the game where he was supposed to be ill. Severe leads the league in scoring, but is 66th in FG%. He’s a freshman and needs those messages, so kudos to Pecora for trying. Even so, he shot just 25% against URI despite scoring 16.

Fordham has some fight to them this year, and with Severe, don’t expect them to be a conference basement team for much longer.

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