A-10 Quarterfinal Preview

ATLANTIC 10 QUARTERFINAL

No. 10 St. Joseph’s (18-12) vs. No. 2 VCU (24-7)

Tonight, 6:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center

Storyline: VCU has long ago secured a berth in the NCAA Tournament. It’s believed that St. Joseph’s has to win the A-10 tourney to secure a bid.

Coaches:

St. Joseph’s - Phil Martelli (18th season, 338-235). VCU – Shaka Smart, (fourth season, 108-35).

Projected Starters

ST. JOSEPH’S

Langston Galloway, 6-2 Jr., 13.3 ppg., 3.3 rpg.

Carl Jones, 5-11 Sr., 14.0 ppg., 2.7 apg.

C.J. Aiken 6-9, Jr., 10.8 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 2.7 bpg,

Halil Kanacevic, 6-8 Jr., 8.5 ppg., 7.0 rpg.

Ronald Roberts Jr., 6-8 Jr., 11.4 ppg., 8.5 rpg.

VCU

Darius Theus, 6-3 Sr., 6.9 ppg., 4.9 apg.

Rob Brandenberg, 6-2 Jr., 10.6 ppg., 2.8 rpg.

Troy Daniels, 6-4 Sr., 12.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg.

Treveon Graham, 6-5 So., 15.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg.

Juvonte Reddic, 6-9 Jr., 14.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg.

Notes: Galloway’s two free throws with 1.4 seconds left gave the Hawks a 58-57 opening win over Xavier…Against Xavier, Galloway had a team-high 14 points, while Kanacevic added 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists…Jones had 11 points but shot just 1 for 10 from the field…VCU has been idle since Sunday’s 84-76 loss at Temple…In the regular season, VCU scored a 92-86 overtime win over the visiting Hawks…In that game, Galloway had 22 points, Jones scored 21 and Aiken contributed 15 points and nine rebounds…Against St. Joseph’s Graham had a team-high 25 points for VCU…The key for the Hawks will be handling VCU’s pressure…The Rams have forced an average of 19.9 turnovers a game and that will be the key to this game.

-Marc Narducci                     

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