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BEYOND THE ARC | T is for triple and T.J. Cline

Observations from a week of college basketball:

T stands for Triple

As in triple double! T.J. Cline of Richmond has kept the Spiders at the top of the Atlantic 10 with a 7-2 record. He had 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists as Richmond knocked off Rhode Island 73-62. In Saturday's match up, a 101-90 win against Duquesne, he posted his first career triple-double (the school's first ever as well) with 34 points, 12 rebounds and a career high 11 assists.

Congratulations COACH NICK!

UNC Asheville head coach Nick McDevitt is just the third coach in league annals to win at least 15 games in his first four seasons in the Big South. UNCA is now 8-1 in the conference and Ahmad Thomas is playing like a Player of the Year candidate with 12 straight double-figure games.

Phoenix and 10

Elon drained 10 threes against Drexel on Jan. 19, which was its 11th game with at least 10 treys. Elon averages 10.0 threes per game, which tops the CAA and ranks 11th nationally. The Phoenix are shooting 38.3% from three in CAA play.

Miners are no Whiners

After a 12-game losing streak and opening conference play 1-3 the UTEP Miners have rebounded winning four of their last five games and are now 4-4 in CUSA.

Valpo x 2

Alec Peters became Valparaiso’s all-time leading scorer — passing Bryce Drew — with a 30-point game Jan. 22 against UIC. He now holds the school records for points and rebounds.

Speaking of Valpo, the Crusaders are now 8-1 as they have upped the ante in the Horizon League. Green Bay at 7-2 is still within striking distance. Valpo beat Wright State by 15 as Peters once again showed why he is the best player south of the Power ,5 scoring 25 points and hauling in 14 rebounds.

Belmont smarts

Belmont has more Academic All-Americans (14) than any other program in the country. Belmont has won 20+ games 10 of the last 11 years. That includes NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015. Belmont has won 15 conference championships (seven tournament, eight regular season) since 2006. Only Kansas and Gonzaga have won more conference championships over that span. The Bruins are 9-0 in a conference where every other team has at least three losses.

Furman-ting

Niko Medved has Furman playing their best basketball. The Paladins have escaped my attention up until now. They have four straight wins and winners of seven of their last nine. Devin Sibley is deadly from deep and Medved knows how to coach. Sibley averaged 24.5 points for the week as the Paladins notched wins over Western Carolina (83-57) and UNCG (73-67). Furman is in a first-place tie in the Southern Conference.

Aggies right at home on the range

New Mexico State is currently riding a 38-game WAC home winning streak, the second-longest conference home win streak in the country behind Stephen F. Austin. The Aggies are pretty good on the road as well as Ian Baker led the way with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a 74-69 win at Utah Valley.

Key Matchups This Week

  • 2/1 Richmond @ VCU
  • 2/2 College of Charleston at UNCW
  • 2/2 Belmont @ Murray State
  • 2/2 UNCG @ Chattanooga
  • 2/4 Princeton @ Harvard
  • 2/4 Akron @ Ohio

Mark Adams is ASN's lead basketball analyst. Follow him on Twitter at @EnthusiAdams

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