Semifinal action gets underway at 1pm ET in the A-10 Tournament. Not sure what the crowd will be like since Temple was upset yesterday (their game had the biggest crowd). Right now the crowd is sparse.
First up is the 8-seed UMass against 4-seed St. Bonaventure. The two teams met once this season, with UMass winning by nine points.
In their upset win over Temple, I was most impressed with 5-9 guard Chaz Williams, especially with a bigger defender guarding him. He has scored 20 points in UMass’ two tournament games. Jesse Morgan also played well in front of a large group of fans (he’s from Philly).
St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson, the A-10 Player of the Year, had a nice game in their win over St. Joe’s. What is impressive is that the 6-9 big guy bangs down low and can shoot from the outside.
The second game pits 2-seed Saint Louis against 3-seed Xavier. A win for Xavier should secure them a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
SLU has beaten Xavier twice during the regular season, the last one coming on February 28th.
The Billikens weren’t that impressive in their win over LaSalle. Xavier’s Tu Holloway played with the passion that’s been missing since the team’s brawl with Cincinnati.
Xavier big man Kenny Frease was very good on both offense and defense and will need another big game to advance.