McConnell Named A-10 Top Rookie for Fourth Consecutive Week
Jan. 31, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne's T.J. McConnell (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) has been named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth week in a row, and fifth time this season, for his performance in Duquesne's Atlantic 10 wins at Fordham and versus Dayton this past week.
With the award, McConnell ties the school record for rookie honors in a season set by Robert Mitchell in 2006-07.
McConnell averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals as the Dukes extended their win streak to 10. The 6-0 freshman guard scored 14 points and became just the third freshman in school history, and first freshman since 1993, to hand out 10 assists in the win at Fordham. He followed that with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win over Dayton. McConnell, who shot .611 for the week, did not turn the ball over in either game to bring his Atlantic 10 assist-to-turnover ratio to 34-to-3.
McConnell, who also won A-10 Rookie of the Week on Dec. 13 and Jan. 10, 17 & 24, ranks fourth nationally in steals per game (2.9 spg.). He also ranks 17th in assist/turnover ratio (2.69-to-1).
In addition to leading the Atlantic 10 in steals, McConnell ranks among the Atlantic 10 top five in assist/turnover ratio (1st at 2.7), assists (3rd at 4.7), field goal percentage (4th at .543) and 3-point percentage (5th at .450).
Duquesne (15-5, 7-0), which received votes in the AP poll for the second consecutive week, puts its win streak on the line on Wednesday against George Washington (11-10, 4-3) at the Palumbo Center.
DUKES RECEIVE VOTES IN AP POLL FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Duquesne, by virtue of its wins at Fordham and over Dayton, received votes totaling 15 points in this week's Associated Press poll to move up to 33rd nationally. The Dukes received one point in the poll last week.
Duquesne also made its debut in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll on Monday with two votes.
DU, which is off to its best start since 1971-72 (16-4 on the way to a 20-5 finish), has won 10 in a row. The win streak, which is the fourth-longest current streak in the nation, is the longest by a Duquesne team since the 1970-71 team won 15 straight.
NATION'S CURRENT LONGEST WINNING STREAKS
1. 22 -- Ohio State -- vs. Michigan on Feb. 3
DU LEADS NATION IN ASSISTS AND TURNOVER MARGIN
According to the latest NCAA stats released today, Duquesne leads the nation in assists (19.1/g.) and turnover margin (6.9). Overall, the Dukes rank among the nation's top 20 in eight categories: assists (1st at 19.1), turnover ratio (1st at 6.9), steals (2nd at 10.2), scoring (10th at 81.8), scoring margin (14th at +14.9), assist/turnover ratio (14th at 1.4), blocked shots (16th at 5.6) and 3-point field goals per game (19th at 8.6).