Jack Scheuer’s Off The Boards – January 22, 2014 Edition

Off The Boards

By Jack Scheuer

January 22, 2014 Edition

LaSalle came up big in last Saturaday’s exciting day at the Palestra, and not only because of what its basketball team did, but for something its students did not do. ESPN’s game day appearence was a big factor in attracting the standing room only crowd, and an exciting battle with Big 5 rival Temple had the large contingent of Explorer fans showing great enthusaisim throughout the action. As the game came down to its final seconds with a LaSalle victory a certainity, a rumor started that the students might storm the floor. Since the lack of security at either end of the court was evident, this could have been big-time trouble. Fortunately, common sense prevailed, the students kept their cool and behaved admirably. Court-storming has become old, especially when celebrating something that does not deserve to be celebrated, like defeating a team that had only seven players and a 5-10 record. So hats off to LaSalle for their big win, and for acting responsibly in front of a nationally televised audience.
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Creighton’s avalance of 3’s at the Wells Fargo on Monday was a sight to believe, and especially the performance of Ethan Wragge. If there is ever a 4-point shot, he’s your first pick. Here is an amazing stat regarding the 6-7 senior forward: He’s made 76 field goals so far this year, 74 of them are 3’s. That would indicate that you should never leave him. Easier said than done, because he gets open as a result of his team’s excellent ball movement. Creighton is a very good team, with a great player in Doug McDermott and his dad Greg is an excellent coach.
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Langston Galloway looks like the early favorite to be the Big 5′ leading scoring this season. The St.Joe’s senior has been on a roll of late, and his ability to make 3’s should land him the top spot. At the moment, Temple’s Dalton Pepper is his closest challenger. Nobody from Villanova will be be a threat because they get scoring from so many people, and that’s a good thing.
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Trivia Time: Who is the A -10’s all time leader in steals? Answer at the end of the column.
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Two undersized guards from the New England area are having terrific seasons. UConn’s 6-1Shabazz Napier is averaging a team leading 16 points and is also tops in rebounds and assists. Chaz Williams (5-9) ,from UMass, is at 16 ppg. and 7.2. assists. Both will get some All-American consideration…. Speaking of productive guards, Drexel’s Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat might be the highest scoring backcourt in the country. Fouch averages 18 ppg., Massenat,17.
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This and That: LaSalle’s excellent play of late has been because Tyreek Duren is completely healthy again and playing like Tyreek Duren, and the underrated Steve Zack keeps putting uo double-doubles. The Explorers are at St. Bonaventure tonight, then welcome big and talented VCU at the Gola on Saturday…. Also tonight, St. Joe’s goes for it’s ninth win in ten games hosting Rhode Island. The Hawks have to pick it up from the foul line, hitting on only 64.6% of their free throws….This will probably guarantee a loss within a week, but I think Arizona has a chance to go undefeated during the regular season. The Wildcats are that good….Best player in college who won’t make it in the NBA?; Ohio State’s Aaron Craft. Terrific defensive player, great smarts and hustle, but not real quick and a below par shooter….Leading scorer in Division One is Antoine Mason of Niagara. Son of NBA strong-man Anthony, he’s at 27.6 a game.
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Answer to Triva Time: Temple’s Pepe Sanchez totaled 365 steals.

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