CSN Spotlight: CAA takes center stage


CSN Spotlight: CAA takes center stage

Tune in to CSN for great college football action ever week! Here's what to watch for in Week 3:

Delaware (1-1) at Villanova (1-1), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN

Villanova looks to keep their Battle of the Blue trophy as they host Delaware. The Wildcats have looked impressive in the early season, despite their 1-1 record, with a narrow loss to FBS UConn and a 14-7 win over Fordham. As a result, the Wildcats have climbed all the way to No. 3 in the FCS AP rankings.

Villanova came in with arguably the best quarterback in the FCS, but its their defense and rush attack that has really carried them in the early going. Robertson threw for 161 yards against Fordham last week, but the Wildcats rushed for 239 yards and held the Rams to only 182 total yards on offense.

Delaware will struggle to account for both Robertson and running back Javon White.

The Blue Hens have a strong rush attack of their own that carried them to victory last week. Despite managing only 58 yards passing against Lafayette, Kareem Williams and Joe Walker combined for 161 yards rushing. Will that be enough to pull off the upset over the Wildcats?

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Central Michigan (1-1) at Syracuse (2-0), Sat. 12:30 p.m. on CSN Plus

You've got to give credit to Syracuse. After starting quarterback Terrel Hunt went down in the first quarter of their first game, just about everyone counted out the Orange. Yet, they were able to gut out a tough win last week against Wake Forest and now have a chance to start 3-0 for the first since 1991.

To do it, they will have to get past Central Michigan. The Chippewas did not put up much of a fight last year in the Orange's 40-3 win, but quarterback Cooper Rush really hit his stride afterward later in the season and has kept right on rolling to start this year, completing 53 of 77 passes for 553 yards in two games.

This will be a much more confident group heading into the Carrier Dome.

The problem for Central Michigan is that the Syracuse defense that befuddled them last year looks just as stout this season. The Orange have forced seven turnovers in two games and are allowing only 25 yards on the ground.

This game is going to be won in the air, either by Rush finding holes in the secondary or by Syracuse shutting down the pass.

Albany (1-1) at James Madison (2-0), Sat. 3:00 p.m. on CSN

Tenth-ranked JMU has not been challenged yet this season, easily dispatching Morehead State and Lehigh in their first two games. If they want to make it three in a row, the Dukes better make sure they protect the football.

Albany is coming off a 35-7 win over Rhode Island in a game that was actually fairly even statistically. The difference was the six turnovers the Rams gave up allowing the Great Danes to run away with the victory. Albany, however, won't get as much help from JMU's offense.

The Dukes have managed 1,331 yards in their first two games. No, that's not a typo, they actually gained 1,331 yards in two games. They can beat you both through the air with quarterback Vad Lee and a bevy of dangerous receivers or on the ground with their stable of backs featuring junior running back Khalid Abdullah who has already rushed for five touchdowns.

JMU just might have too many weapons for Albany to handle.

VMI (1-1) at Richmond (1-1), Sat. 6:00 p.m. on CSN Plus

The season has gotten off to a rocky start for Richmond which is no surprise given that the Spiders had to replace quarterback Michael Strauss this year. Strauss set school records in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns for a season for Richmond and his absence has been felt early on. A 50-21 loss to Maryland was to be expected, a narrow 31-28 win over Hampton in which the Spiders had to overcome a 21-7 halftime deficit was not.

Despite the change in quarterback and having redshirt senior Seth Fisher in the backfield, the Spiders are still dependent on their pass attack with only 214 rushing yards over their first two games combined. Now they face a plucky VMI team capable of putting some points on the board.

The Keydets are averaging nearly 40 points per game and Richmond has been powerless to stop either Maryland or Hampton. Could an upset be in the works?

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.

After historic season, Virginia's Tony Bennett named AP Coach of the Year


After historic season, Virginia's Tony Bennett named AP Coach of the Year

SAN ANTONIO -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett isn't going to waver from his foundation, whether it's the philosophy that built the Cavaliers into a contender or the big-picture perspective that helps him handle the sting of a historically improbable loss.

Both ends of that approach are fully on display now as he is named The Associated Press men's college basketball coach of the year.

Bennett won the honor Thursday after his Cavaliers set a program single-season record for wins, dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference and reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era. Yet that wildly successful season ended abruptly in the most unexpected way: with the Cavaliers falling to UMBC to become the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed in NCAA Tournament history.

"They experienced things a lot of guys don't," Bennett said in an interview with the AP. "That kind of success? Oh my gosh. And then that kind of loss? ... But again, their body of work deserves to be celebrated.

"And then so much of what society looks at -- it begs the question -- is it just about how you do in March? Or is it about the whole thing? It's a fair debate (on) what matters. But I told them: I wouldn't trade this team for anything. Even the experiences, as hard as they are, this is part of the process."

Bennett was the runaway winner for the award, which is being presented at the Final Four. He earned 50 of 65 votes from AP Top 25 writers with ballots submitted before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee's Rick Barnes was second with five votes after leading the Volunteers to 26 wins and an NCAA bid despite being picked to finish 13th in the 14-team Southeastern Conference. First-year Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was third with four votes.

This marks the second time Bennett has won the award, the other coming in 2007 when he was at Washington State.

In Bennett's ninth season, the Cavaliers (31-3) went from being picked to finish sixth in the ACC to winning the regular-season race by four games -- the first to win the ACC by that wide a margin since 2000. It then won the ACC Tournament to complete a 20-1 run against league opponents.


Virginia also reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time since December 1982 and stayed there the final five weeks of the regular season, the last two unanimously.

And yet, the 48-year-old coach knows much of the focus will be on how things ended: that 74-54 loss to the Retrievers while playing without ACC sixth man of the year De'Andre Hunter.

Dealing with a roster of players in pained disbelief, Bennett said he has told them that they have "an unbelievable captive audience" waiting to see how they would handle it.

"I said how you respond to this will matter to your mom and dads, to your brothers, your sisters, your friends," Bennett said. "If they see that you're not fake about it, that yeah, of course you're going to be discouraged and down after a loss like that, but that you're OK. You can live with it.

"I said: you don't know the power that that's going to have in their life and in your life."

Bennett said he appreciated other coaches offering support, which included Syracuse Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim noting: "If I could hire a coach in this country and I could get Tony Bennett, there would be nobody in second place."

He said he's still reviewing what worked and what didn't, but "certainly you don't overreact" by changing everything that had brought the Cavaliers to this point.

This is, after all, a program that has been a 1-seed three times in the past five seasons with three ACC regular-season titles.

And Bennett won't be deterred from chasing more, even if it means stumbling a few more times on the way to reaching his goals.

"You better have something beyond the opinion of man or just how you feel, because this stuff is fleeting," Bennett said.

"So that's where obviously my faith is everything to me. You hear people talk about their faith in the lord and the relationship with the people that they care about, their family and their trusted friends. Those things stand the test of time. And that's what you have to draw from. And then you move on."