From the Home Office in Richmond, VA…

Coaches quotes coming later today, but for now let’s look at a few more conversation starters:

Road teams won four of the six games played on Saturday, stopping a run in which home teams had gone 15-3 over a 10-day stretch. For the season, home teams are 28-14 (.667) in CAA action. During non-conference play, CAA teams combined for a sparkling 38-13 (.745) record on their home courts. George Mason and VCU are a perfect 8-0 at home this season, while James Madison is 6-1, Delaware is 5-1 and Northeastern is 4-1.

VCU leads the nation in 3-point FG percentage defense (25.4%), ranks sixth in FG percentage defense (37.1%) and is 15th in scoring defense (58.6 ppg) through games of Jan. 20. The Rams have held five of their last nine opponents to less than 50 points and are allowing only 54.1 ppg in CAA play.

CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jamal Shuler, VCU

Sr., G, 6-3, 180, Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville

Shuler averaged 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as VCU took over first place with victories over Delaware and Old Dominion. The senior guard recorded his first career double-double with 26 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at ODU and poured in a team-best 21 points versus UD. For the week, Shuler shot 51.4% from the floor, including 10-of-19 from 3-point range.

CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dre Smith, George Mason

Jr., G, 6-0, 185, Houston, Texas/Lamar

Smith averaged 21.0 ppg in helping lead George Mason to its first two CAA road wins of the season. The junior guard set an NCAA record by going 10-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with a career-best 34 points as the Patriots topped James Madison. He also had nine points in a double-overtime win at Hofstra. For the week, Smith shot 63.6% from the floor and hit 13-of-18 from three.

 

CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Charles Jenkins, Hofstra

Fr., G, 6-3, 220, Queens, N.Y./Springfield Gardens

Jenkins averaged 20.0 points and 4.5 rebounds as Hofstra split its two games last week. The freshman guard matched a career-high with 21 points as the Pride posted a 67-58 road win at Drexel and scored 19 points in a double-overtime loss to George Mason. Jenkins, who has scored double figures in 14 of his last 15 games, shot 50% from the floor for the week.

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~ by mglitos on January 22, 2008.

6 Responses to “From the Home Office in Richmond, VA…”

  1. Yay, Dre!!

  2. Sucks for Will Thomas – what’s a guy got to do to get POW?
    Avgeraging 22.5 pts, 8 rbds, and 4 assists while shooting 80% from the field and a perfect 7-7 from the line just isn’t enough I guess.

  3. Only problem is that George Mason can only nominate one guy.

  4. Not really…look at what the two guys who got it did this week. Two choices that, to me, were clearly better than W. Thomas week…

  5. 1 pt. .5 rbd average better on 51% shooting vs. 80% shooting, but half the assists and twice the turnovers is clearly better? Especially when your not commanding double-teams every possession like Thomas does?

    Um, no.

  6. I’d look at the competition as well. VCU unseated the #1 team in conference and then creamed ODU. Pretty darn impressive week.

    Also, you already got one guy as co-player after a phenomenal performance…unlikely they’d pick two co-players of the week from same team unless they were far and away better. Again, in my opinion, Shuler wins this week.

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