Atlantic 10 Who's Hot/Who's Not
Xavier- The Musketeers have won their past four including their first two Atlantic 10 regular season games. In the last two alone, they defeated Fordham and Saint Louis by 26 points a piece. They were supposed to manhandle those team, but they are finding their rhythm after losing two-in-a-row to Duke and Butler. Derrick Brown and B.J. Raymond are living up to their potential while freshman center Kenny Frease scored 13 in a win over Virginia. That bodes well for the future. They are the hottest team in the league right now.
Duquesne- Really? Duquesne is hot? After coach Ron Everhart took exception to his team's poor effort in a double-digit home loss to Old Dominion by benching his starters, the team has rattled off six straight victories. While none of the squads they defeated are anything special, the Dukes are averaging a staggering (for them) 79 points per game this season. They have not scored less than 76 points during their win streak and have picked up 97 and 98 points in two of those contests. Aaron Jackson is carrying this team on his shoulders and picked up 30 points in the win against Charlotte. It's very early but should they continue at this pace, they will be a team to watch in February.
Fordham- Well, there is no shock here. It was quite expected. The Rams have lost six out of their last seven and are playing like the last place team in the conference. The lone bright spot, freshman Jio Fontan, has scored 52 points in the last three games but was limited to 10 against a good Xavier team. Their lone victories came against Lafayette and New Hampshire.
Charlotte- Oh, brother, (sigh) is this team inconsistent? After showing signs of life by winning four consecutive games after losing six in-a-row, they have now lost three more games. They ran into a hot Tulsa squad and played Maryland reasonably tough but it looks like they are well on their way to the lower bottom half of the Atlantic 10. They miss An'Juan Wilderness's presence in the lineup after he suffered a stress fracture in his foot. He should be back for the La Salle game and the 49ers should get back on track.