VCU v George Washington

Atlantic 10 Tournament: VCU beats George Washington, but injuries are story

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VCU used a dominating second half to pull away from George Washington, knocking off the Colonials 74-55 in the Atlantic 10 semifinals. The Rams will advance to Sunday’s A-10 title game where they will take on St. Joseph’s.

VCU shot 13-for-23 from the floor in the second 20 minutes, and while their ‘Havoc’ defense wasn’t forcing turnovers the way we are accustomed to, it did take GW completely out of their rhythm offensively.

But none of that will matter in a week when the NCAA tournament kicks off.

What will matter is the status of a trio of guards that played in this game.

Let’s start with VCU’s Melvin Johnson. One of the biggest issues that the Rams have had this season is that they don’t have enough consistent perimeter jump shooters. It bogs them down when they’re forced to play in the half court offensively. Johnson was the most dangerous three-point threat on the Rams this season, but he went down with a left-knee injury during the game. He had to be helped off the court and spent the second half of the game sitting on the bench with a full cast on his leg.

If that injury is serious, it would be a massive blow to the Rams.

For GW, they are waiting to get Kethan Savage back. Savage was the team’s starting two-guard for much of the season but went down with a broken foot in mid-January. He returned to the floor on Saturday, but only played limited minutes. His return would be a major boost, as he’s one of the best penetrators on the roster as well as a good on-ball defender that can help take the pressure off of Joe McDonald as a ball-handler.

POSTERIZED: 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye dunks on defender without jumping

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Mamadou Ndiaye is one of the most unique players in college basketball.

Because he’s 7-foot-6.

Guys like that don’t come around often, and when they do, they do things like this: posterizing an opponent without having to jump.


[PHOTO: Ndiaye vs. 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall]

Ex-Duke guard, Marshall assistant Chris Duhon suspended after arrest

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Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended by the university after he was arrested on a charge of aggravateddrunken driving early Monday morning.

Duhon, who is currently in his second season at Marshall, was booked into the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch.

The athletic department released a statement saying that Duhon had been suspended later on Monday.

Duhon was a member of Duke’s 2001 National Title team. He played for the Blue Devils from 2000-2004 and spent nine years in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.