Monday, December 29, 2014

A-10 Quarterfinal Preview


A-10 Quarterfinal Preview



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.


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

Projected Starters


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.


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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Marc Narducci has performed a variety of jobs at The Inquirer since beginning with the paper in 1983. A long-time high school sports reporter in South Jersey, Narducci has also served as a beat writer for the 76ers, a backup Eagles and Sixers writer and has covered all the professional and colleges in the Philadelphia area. Among his duties at The Inquirer over the years, Narducci has covered one Super Bowl, two World Series and three NBA all-star games. Most recently he has covered the Philadelphia Union soccer team and this season will be adding college basketball duties, paying specific attention to St. Joseph’s. A life-long Southern New Jersey resident, Narducci is a 1977 graduate of Paul VI High and 1981 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Email Marc at and follow him on Twitter.

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