Observations from the week of basketball:
Do not pass 30
Deon Edwin scored 21 points and Jimmy Hall scored 18 points as Kent State stopped Akron's 30-game home winning streak with a 70-67 win. The Zips owned the second-longest home winning streak in the nation behind No. 7 Oregon (41). The Golden Flashes (15-12, 7-7 MAC) handed Akron (22-5, 12-2) their second MAC loss. For the week Hall’s 19.5 points per game and Jaylin Walker 18.0 ppg were tops. Kent held their two opponents to 69.5 ppg, 44%on field goals and 26% from on 3-pointers.
Turning up the heat
Towson is the hottest team in the CAA having won six in a row and 11 of 12. The Tigers won twice last week (85-66 against Elon 75-65 against James Madison) to move into third place. Towson outrebounded opponents by a margin of 6.5. Junior Mike Morsell led the way, averaging 25.5 ppg with a season-high 32 points against Elon.
I will survive
SMU survived at home against Tulane — yes I said survived! Tulane was playing with house money and led by 15 points at halftime. SMU (23-3, 13-1AAC) eventually took the lead and won, but it wasn’t easy over the last-place team in the American. Semi Ojeleye scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half. SMU then wrestled a huge road win at Houston behind Ben Moore’s 18 points and 13 rebounds. SMU will not lose again in conference play.
Dayton’s senior success
Kyle Davis, Scoochie Smith, Kendall Pollard, Charles Cooke, Joey Gruden and Jeremiah Bonsu set the all-time program record for wins (99), passing the class of 2011. The Flyers have now won six straight and appear on a collision course with VCU on March 1.
LA Tech on a roll
Louisiana Tech is second in Conference USA with three games remaining in the regular season. Jalen Harris came off the bench and scored 21 points while drubbing Florida Atlantic, 95-69 Thursday night. Eric McCree's double-double beat FIU 77-61. McCree had his 12th double-double of the season, Jacobi Boykins scored 17 points in the win. The top four seeds receive a first-round bye and La Tech looks like the No. 2 seed.
New Orleans moved closer to the Southland title as Erik Thomas had 23 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to help New Orleans beat Central Arkansas 84-61 to stay atop the standings on Saturday. The Privateers (16-9, 11-3) have Stephen F. Austin on their heals. New Orleans and SFA play in the Big Easy on Thursday to settle this.
This week's key matchups
- Monday: UT Arlington @ Georgia Southern
- Wednesday: Furman @ ETSU
- Thursday: Towson @ UNC Wilmington; Stephen F Austin @ New Orleans
- Friday: Valparaiso @ Wright State; Oakland @ Green Bay; Harvard @ Yale
- Saturday: VCU @ Rhode Island; Georgia Southern @ Arkansas State; Louisiana Tech @ Rice
- Sunday: Middle Tennessee @UAB
Mark Adams is ASN's lead basketball analyst. Follow him on Twitter at @EnthusiAdams.