Tuesday, March 9, 2004

A-10 Teams



EAST

 

(1) SAINT JOSEPH'S
(27-0, 16-0 A-10)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Jameer Nelson Sr. 5-11 20.2 5.4*
Delonte West Jr. 6-4 18.9 5.5
Pat Carroll Jr. 6-5 10.0 3.4
Dwayne Jones So. 6-11 6.7 7.3
John Bryant Jr. 6-7 3.0 3.9

*- Assists per game

Coach: Phil Martelli (9th year, 174-97)
What to watch: The team that everyone else wants to knock off, the Hawks are the first squad to enter the A-10 Tournament ranked No. 1 since Temple in 1988. Surprisingly, A-10 Player of the Year Jameer Nelson has never reached the A-10 championship game, which is just another piece of motivation for SJU.


(2) TEMPLE
(15-12, 9-7)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
David Hawkins Sr. 6-4 24.6 5.3
Mardy Collins So. 6-6 15.4 5.0
Antywane Robinson So. 6-8 4.5 4.3
Dustin Salisbery Fr. 6-5 7.2 2.6
Keith Butler So. 7-1 4.9 6.2

Coach: John Chaney (22nd year, 483-222)
What to watch: Coach John Chaney usually has this team ready at tournament time, but TU's success will depend on how much support David Hawkins gets. He scores 24.6 points per game, but is an easy target for defenses that don't have to worry about Temple's interior game.


(3) RHODE ISLAND
(18-12, 7-9)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Dawan Robinson Jr. 6-2 16.4 3.8*
Brian Woodward Sr. 6-3 13.1 6.2
Jamaal Wise Jr. 6-5 6.3 4.6
Terrence Mack So. 6-6 4.7 3.3
Jon Clark So. 6-10 2.7 2.7

*- Assists per game

Coach: Jim Baron (3rd year, 45-44)
What to watch: Truly the team that no one else wants to face, because the Rams control possessions and rebound (40.7 per game) aggressively. URI has won four of its last five.


(4) UMASS
(10-18, 4-12)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Rashaun Freeman So. 6-9 15.3 8.4
Anthony Anderson Sr. 5-11 13.1 4.3
Jeff Viggiano So. 6-6 9.7 5.3
Art Bowers Fr. 6-4 9.3 3.6
Maurice Maxwell Fr. 6-5 7.8 2.9

Coach: Steve Lappas (3rd year, 34-52)
What to watch: The Minutemen are probably a year away from being a serious tournament contender. There's just too much reliance on freshmen and sophomores for UMass to win more than one game in Dayton, particularly because a potential quarterfinal game would be against Dayton.


(5) ST. BONAVENTURE
(7-20, 3-13)

Player Yr. Ht.

PPG

RPG
Marques Green Sr. 5-7 19.8 5.1*
Maurice Young Jr. 6-5 11.8 4.3
Ahmad Smith So. 6-4 10.6 5.8
Saulius Dumbliausk Jr. 6-8 3.0 3.6
Patrick Lottin Jr. 6-7 13.0 4.6

*-Assists per game

Coach: Anthony Solomon (1st year, 7-20)
What to watch: St. Bonaventure will go as far as senior point guard Marques Green can take the Bonnies, which probably isn't very far. Green is a dynamic point guard, but all 5-feet-7 of him will have a hard time getting St. Bonaventure past Xavier in the first round.


(6) FORDHAM
(6-21, 3-13)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Michael Haynes Sr. 6-8 17.8 7.2
Mark Jarrell-Wright Sr. 6-5 12.0 4.8
Derrick Breland Jr. 5-10 8.4 2.8*
A. Acquaviva Sr. 6-4 0.9 0.6
Mushon Ya-akosi So. 6-8 6.2 7.1

*- Assists per game

Coach: Dereck Whittenburg (1st year, 6-21)
What to watch: The threat of senior forward Michael Haynes (17.8 points per game) gives Fordham a slight hope for an upset against Richmond, but it's slight at best. The Rams do not play enough disciplined defense to keep Richmond from scoring in the lane.

 

WEST

(1) DAYTON
(22-7, 12-4 A-10)

Player Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Ramod Marshall Sr. 6-2 14.8 5.4*
Keith Waleskowski Sr. 6-8 13.4 9.8
Sean Finn Sr. 7-0 13.0 7.2
Mark Jones Jr. 6-1 9.4 3.6
Marques Bennett So. 6-5 3.1 3.2

*- Assists per game

Coach: Brian Gregory (1st year, 22-7)
What to watch: The Flyers have all the right players, but getting them all playing together has been a struggle at times. Senior guard Ramod Marshall (5.4 assists per game) will have to be an impact player to guide UD through three straight days of games.


(2) GEORGE WASHINGTON
(17-10, 11-5)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
T.J. Thompson Jr. 5-10 14.1 3.5*
Mike Hall So. 6-8 10.3 8.0
Carl Elliott Fr. 6-4 8.2 4.5*
Omar Williams So. 6-9 7.7 5.3
Alex Kireev So. 6-11 1.5 0.8

*- Assists per game

Coach: Karl Hobbs (3rd year, 41-43)
What to watch: George Washington will grab the rebound and race to the other end as much as possible, which is why it was crucial that the Colonials earned a first-round bye. T.J. Thompson and freshman Carl Elliott have proven to be adept at forcing tempo from the guard positions.


(3) RICHMOND
(18-11, 10-6)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Mike Skrocki Sr. 6-6 16.5 3.5
Tony Dobbins Sr. 6-4 11.4 7.7
Kevin Steenberge So. 6-11 4.6 3.7
Jamaal Scott Jr. 6-5 4.0 2.6
Reggie Brown Sr. 6-4 7.2 2.1

Coach: Jerry Wainwright (2nd year, 33-25)
What to watch: Another team that makes for a difficult tournament matchup, Richmond has veteran players who know how to win close games on the road. Senior Mike Skrocki is the only true playmaking threat, however, because the rest of the team relies on offensive execution.


(4) XAVIER
(19-10, 10-6)

Player Yr.

Ht.

PPG RPG
Lionel Chalmers Sr. 6-0 15.8 3.0*
Romain Sato Sr. 6-5 16.0 7.9
Anthony Myles Sr. 6-9 10.0 6.4
Justin Cage Fr. 6-6 4.7 3.4
Justin Doellman Fr. 6-9 6.9 3.1

*- Assists per game

Coach: Thad Matta (3rd year, 71-22)
What to watch: The Musketeers are becoming more balanced offensively inside and outside, but expect senior guard Lionel Chalmers to have his hands on the ball in a close game. Chalmers has been making big plays in the second half of the season as Xavier has won nine of 10 games.


(5) DUQUESNE
(11-16, 6-10)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Elijah Palmer Sr. 6-7 14.1 6.1
Bryant McAllister So. 6-3 11.2 3.2
Kieron Achara Fr. 6-9 5.8 3.6
Jimmy Tricco Sr. 6-8 9.1 3.3
Martin Osimani Jr. 6-4 4.6 6.0*

*- Assists per game Coach: Danny Nee (3rd year, 29-56)
What to watch: Point guard Martin Osimani (5.96 assists per game) makes the Dukes capable of beating any team in the tournament including first-round opponent Massachusetts. A junior transfer, Osimani has turned a group of decent players into a well-functioning offense.


(6) LA SALLE
(10-19, 5-11)

Player

Yr. Ht. PPG RPG
Gary Neal So. 6-4 18.5 3.2
Steven Smith So. 6-8 17.3 8.0
Jermaine Thomas So. 6-2 7.2 2.5*
Rasheed Quadri Sr. 6-3 4.6 2.4
Mike St. John Fr. 6-8 4.5 4.5

*- Assists per game

Coach: Billy Hahn (3rd year, 37-53)
What to watch: The Explorers rely a lot on sophomores Gary Neal and Steven Smith. Both are great offensive talents, but must be able to produce against a zone defense. La Salle is 11th in the league in rebounding, which could be a problem against Rhode Island.

 




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