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Atlantic 10 statement on Xavier and Butler departing

Full text of the Atlantic 10 statement on Xavier and Butler leaving for the new Big East…

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade released the following statement on the departure of Xavier University and Butler University.

“I wish Xavier University and Butler University all the best in their new conference. They are two outstanding universities with outstanding people; our partnership has been mutually beneficial and successful. As a longtime strong A-10 member, Xavier’s departure is unfortunate. Butler’s departure is a by-product of the chaotic conference realignment environment. BU’s association with the A-10 has been a fun ride this year; no regrets from the Atlantic 10 for providing a home for them during the 2012-13 season.

“As a conference, we anticipated this move and are prepared to proactively move forward. The A-10 is strong – we have 16 basketball teams participating in the postseason and will focus on them right now. NCAA Postseason is an exciting time not to be overshadowed by conference realignment.

“Lastly I would like to acknowledge both presidents: Rev. Michael Graham and James Danko for their cooperation and professionalism in their management of this issue. It has been an honor to work with and for them.”

Pregame notes & thoughts: Butler at Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio – A few pregame thoughts and notes on today’s game between No. 17 Butler (13-2, 1-0) and Dayton (10-5, 0-1)…

**There aren’t many breathers in this year’s Atlantic 10, and this game qualifies as big for both teams. It might be bigger for Dayton as the Flyers are 0-1 in conference play and are at LaSalle next. Butler scored a huge road win at St. Joseph’s on Wednesday and has all sorts of momentum. Butler has lost just once since early November, to Illinois in the Maui Invitational championship game.

**As much as rankings don’t really matter, tangible proof of how much stronger the additions of Butler and VCU have made the A-10 can be found in this stat: After losing at VCU three nights ago, today marks the first time the Flyers have played back-to-back ranked opponents in-conference since the 1993-94 season when Dayton was a member of the Great Midwest Conference. It’s the first time they’ve played back-to-back ranked opponents, period, since the 2009 Puerto Rico tip-off.

**Butler coach Brad Stevens said this week that Dayton point guard Kevin Dillard might be one of the league’s best players. Dillard will have to play like it today. Butler is one of the nation’s best rebounding teams, has one of the top 3-point shooters in Rotnei Clarke and almost always plays an efficient game.

**Dillard leads Dayton at 15.1 points per game and 4.7 assists. He also has a team-high 21 steals. The Flyers have lost three of their last four.

**Butler’s starting point guard is walk-on Alex Barlow, a graduate of Cincinnati Moeller High School and the hero of Butler’s December upset of then No. 1 Indiana with the winning basket. Barlow’s parents are season ticket holders at Dayton, and Barlow said this week he’s seen “hundreds” of games at UD Arena through the years and played there every year in high school.

**Barlow scored 6 points in that Indiana game — as many as he scored the whole season last year as a freshman. He chose Butler after not falling in love with any of his Div. II scholarship offers and because he wants to be a college basketball coach one day. Stevens is a pretty good guy from which to learn — and now he’s counting on Barlow, who’s started the last eight games and is doing the little things — steals, assists, quality minutes — that Stevens always finds someone to do. His emergence at point guard has allowed Clarke to move to a more natural and more dangerous role off the ball.

**Said Barlow: “Obviously Butler is a great program. People talk about Butler’s magic, and what’s happened here is impressive, but it’s not really magic. It’s doing things the right way. There are no shortcuts. We’re not always the most athletic, most impressive team. It’s attention to detail and believing it’s going to work.”

Strong Ohio ties on Cousy Award list

The state of Ohio is well represented on the list of nominees for the Cousy Award.

With more than 80 nominees, lots of states are represented, actually. It’s just that Ohio is especially well represented.

Named for Basketball Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, the award annually goes to college basketball’s top point guard. The initial list will be narrowed to 20 in January, then to 10 in February, then to five by March 1. The winner will be announced at the Final Four.

Representing Ohio on the initial nominee/watch list…

Kevin Dillard, Dayton
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Trey Burke, Michigan (Columbus)
Pe’Shon Howard, Maryland (Cleveland)
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh (Canton)

Burke and McCollum are strong candidates to eventually be on the list of the five finalists.

Charge draft eight; UD’s Johnson picked in first

One year after reaching the D-League semifinals as an expansion team, the Canton Charge are closing in on the 2012-13 season with what will be a made-over roster.

The new look started with Friday’s D-League draft, from which the Charge came away with eight rookies. Their first selection: former Cleveland State guard D’Aundray Brown, who signed a contract with the Cavaliers shortly before the end of training camp. The Cavs are the Charge’s parent club.

Brown, 6-foot-4, was selected with the No. 10 overall pick. The remaining picks were as follows:

• Ryan Rossiter, a 6-9 forward from Siena (second round, 19th overall).

• Jorge Gutierrez, a 6-3 guard from California (second, 26th).

• J.P. Primm, a 6-1 guard from UNC-Asheville (third, 40th).

• Omari Johnson, a 6-9 forward from Oregon State (fifth, 74th).

• Assane Sene, a 7-0 center from Virginia (sixth, 92nd).

• Jordan Eglseder, a 7-1 center from Northern Iowa (seventh, 106th).

• Vernon Lewis, a 6-6 forward from Paul Quinn College in Dallas (eighth, 122nd).

Former Celtics forward JaJuan Johnson was selected first overall by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He was followed by other players with NBA experience — guard Andrew Goudelock (Sioux Falls), forward Justin Harper (Idaho) and guard Shelvin Mack (Maine), respectively.

Ex-University of Dayton small forward Chris Johnson was selected seventh overall by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Ex-Cavs swingman Christian Eyenga, a former first-round NBA pick, was selected one spot later by the Texas Legends.

Small forward Rashad Bishop (Cincinnati) was taken in the fourth round (64th overall) by the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and his college teammate, power forward Ron Allen, was taken in the sixth round (84th overall) by the Maine Red Claws.

Two other players with Ohio ties selected:

Trevon Harmon, a 6-1 guard from Cleveland State, by the Bakersfield Jam, in the seventh round (No. 123 overall); and Carlton Guyton, a 6-4 guard from Kent State, by the Erie BayHawks, one pick after Harmon.

With Butler in, A-10 wins realignment race again

You’ve heard of this whole realignment thing that’s reshaping college sports and threatens the future of several conferences, including the Big East, right?

No conference has done this wave of it better than the Atlantic-10.

While it’s football TV revenue that drives realignment in the first place, the A-10 is a basketball-first league that’s strengthened its basketball profile and overall quality. Both of 2011′s Cinderella Final Four teams, Butler and VCU, have joined the league and will begin play next fall.

Butler’s announcement came Tuesday afternoon. The previous plan had Butler remaining in the Horizon League for one more season. The A-10 will have 16 teams next basketball season.

The A-10 lost Temple (after the 2012-13 year) to the Big East, and that’s a significant loss. But getting Butler meant the conference got about as good a replacement for Temple as it could have hoped for, and getting VCU — and getting both immediately — is a slam dunk.

With Butler, Xavier and Dayton sharing the same air space, TV networks will put those games in key spots and rivalries should develop quickly. The same goes in Richmond, where the University of Richmond and VCU almost share the same zip code and aren’t far from the Philly schools. Butler’s Brad Stevens and VCU’s Shaka Smart are two of the country’s brightest young coaches and have become recognizable stars. This is a win-win situation for all involved.

Let’s be honest: Stevens and Smart won’t be at their current schools forever. Great, great move by the A-10 to ensure they’ll be in the conference for at least one year.

Both VCU and Butler bring back plenty for the 2013 college basketball season, as do Temple, Dayton, Saint Louis and St. Joseph’s. If Xavier’s highly-touted are freshmen are ready, the Musketeers could be an NCAA Tournament team again as well.

Might the A-10 be a five or six-bid league next March? It’s certainly possible. It’s definitely going to be a conference worth watching.