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CSN hoops tripleheader preview: Duke, UVA, American

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CSN hoops tripleheader preview: Duke, UVA, American

College basketball -- triple-header style -- comes to Comcast SportsNet on Saturday. Games involving locals American and Virginia sandwich a matchup between No. 2 Duke and CAA contender Delaware. Get your popcorn ready. Details below...

American (2-4) vs. St. Francis, Noon:  The Eagles, currently saddled with a three-game losing skid, return home for a clash with the Red Flash. American split its previous two home games including a 14-point loss to San Francisco despite 16 points from marathon man Daniel Munoz. The senior point guard is playing 38 minutes per contest, averaging 9.2 points and a team-best 3.8 assists.

No. 2 Duke (7-0) vs. Delaware (2-5), 2:00 p.m.: No need to sell the Blue Devils, considering the program's National Championship and Final Four pedigree, not to mention wins this season over then No. 2 Louisville, third-ranked Kentucky and No. 4 Ohio State. Center Miles Plumlee paces five double digit scorers with 19.9 points while yanking down 11.0 rebounds and sinking 65.3 percent of his field goal attempts. The Blue Hens murderers row schedule continues, having already lost this season to Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Temple and LaSalle. Expected to challenge George Mason and Drexel for the CAA regular season title, Delaware has its own double-double threat in Jamelle Hagins, who tallies 13.0 points and 13.4 rebounds. Guard and reigning CAA Player of the Week Devon Saddler leads the conference in scoring with 21.4 points.

Virginia (5-2) vs. Green Bay (3-3), 4: p.m.: Since losing to Delaware, the Cavaliers have won four straight including a 60-54 win at Wisconsin on Wednesday. Junior guard and leading scorer Joe Harris dropped a season-high 22 points on the Badgers while sophomore forward Darion Atkins (Landon) had a career-best 14. Virginia continues its battle against the cheeseheads, this time against coach Tony Bennett's Alma mater. During the winning run, the Cavaliers are scoring 71.5 points while allowing 51.2. No matter how long the streak lasts, Bennett's crew will be without sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon as the team announced this week the sophomore guard will redshirt this season while recovering from foot surgery. Guard Keifer Sykes leads the Phoenix with 16.3 points.

Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

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Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

Kyle Guy scored 29 points and hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes Friday, leading Virginia to a 76-67 victory against VCU.

Ty Jerome also hit from long range in the closing minutes and Virginia (3-0) saw its lead trimmed to three at 63-60 with five minutes left. Neither team scored for the next two minutes before Guy came off a screen right in front of the Cavaliers' and doubled their lead.

Issac Vann made it 66-62 with a driving basket for VCU (2-1), but Guy hit a pair of free throws and Jerome followed with a 3-pointer.

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Jerome added 13 points and seven assists for Virginia.

Vann led VCU with 19 points, Johnny Williams had 14 and Khris Lane 12.

THE BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers had little trouble with VCU's pressure, turning the ball over just five times and outscoring the Rams 12-5 off turnovers. They also outscored the Rams 18-0 on fast break points, but they were beaten on the backboards 36-26.

VCU: The Rams averaged 94.5 points in their first two games, but are still working to integrate what first-year coach Mike Rhoades wants them to do on offense and defense. Johnny Williams can be a force driving to the basket, and transfer Vann gives them another quality 3-point shooter.

UP NEXT

Virginia is at home on Sunday against Monmouth.

VCU faces Marquette in the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Saint Louis tops Virginia Tech behind Bess' 22 points

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Saint Louis tops Virginia Tech behind Bess' 22 points

NEW YORK -- Character was the theme espoused by Saint Louis coach Travis Ford and Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams.

Ford praised his team's ethos, as opposed to Williams, who wondered about his squad's makeup.

"What haunts me is our character was revealed in how we played," Williams said after Saint Louis topped Virginia Tech, 77-71, in the opening round of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.

"This was the first time I was caught off-guard," Williams said.

Javon Bess scored 22 points and Jordan Goodwin added 19 for Saint Louis (3-0).

"All week in practice we worked on getting back in transition," Goodwin said. "Make sure we help each other out. We take pride in our defense. Sometimes the offense might not go but every night we guard we're going to be there every play."

Despite getting a career-high 26 points from Ahmed Hill, Virginia Tech fell to 2-1. Justin Bibbs scored 15 in his first game of the season after sitting out the first two games for disciplinary reasons. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 10 before fouling out.

"They were tougher than us from start to finish," Williams said. "I didn't think we were ever in the fight. I don't think we were ever in the mix."

The eighth all-time matchup between the Atlantic 10 and Atlantic Coast Conference programs was taut as St. Louis' 61-49 advantage with 7:57 left was the largest lead for either team.

On the strength of an 11-3 run, though, Virginia Tech cut the deficit to 64-60. Four points is as close as the Hokies would get.

Davell Rovy's baseline layup pushed the lead back to 66-60. Bess made seven free throws and Goodwin three in the final minute to help seal the win.

"It was good to see," Ford said. "We've had some really poor performances from the free-throw line in some games -- exhibition games and different things; we've had some other games where we've shot them a little bit better -- it was good to see because I think that's when you're tested.

"I've seen that from Javon. I've seen that from Jordan and different guys. When it's on the line, they seem to rise to the occasion."

Benefiting an early-season game, there were areas in which Williams and Ford to work on with their teams. For the Hokies, free-throw shooting was a significant issue as they made only 23 of 36 (63.9 percent).

Saint Louis made just 4 of 18 from the arc.

"I thought they overwhelmed us," Williams said.