With eight teams currently in the RPI Top 100, the Atlantic 10 Tournament is shaping up to be one of most competitive in all of Championship Week. Temple and Saint Louis look like the favorites, but they won’t face an easy road to the title when the event tips off on March 6th.
Tournament Site: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ with First Round games on the home floor of higher seeded teams
Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
- First Round: Tuesday, March 6th
- Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9th at 12:00, 2:30, 6:30, and 9:00 (CBS Sports Network)
- Semifinals: Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 and 3:00 (CBS Sports Network)
- Championship: Sunday, March 11th at 1:00 (CBS)
Seeding/Bracket Notes: Top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9th, and only the top 12 teams in the league participate in the tournament.
Atlantic 10 Tournament Outlook
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, Temple and Saint Louis appear to be the class of the A-10 with records of 10-2 and 10-3, respectively. However, seven other teams in the league have between four and seven losses, which should lead to a hotly contested tournament in Atlantic City. Since only the top four teams receive byes to the Quarterfinals, the last few games of the regular season are extremely important for the pack of teams behind the leaders.
The Owls have relied on outstanding guard play this season, as the trio of Ramone Moore, Khalif Wyatt, and Juan Fernandez form the backbone of this team. They are the team’s three leading scorers and assist men, and each one has made at least 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. Temple boasts one of the most efficient offenses in the country, and their defense has ramped up with the return of big man Micheal Eric, who missed part of the season with a knee injury.
Rick Majerus’ Saint Louis squad has won nine of its last 10 games thanks in large part to an incredibly stout defense that ranks in the Top 10 in terms of defensive efficiency on KenPom. The Billikens also have three double-digit scorers in Brian Conklin, Kwamain Mitchell, and Cody Ellis, while four others average at least 5.0 points.
Don’t count out teams like Xavier, Saint Joseph’s, La Salle, and UMass though. The Musketeers’ tumultuous season has been well chronicled, but they still have an incredibly talented backcourt and a number of players who have experienced tournament success in the past. Saint Joe’s boasts four players who score in double figures and ranks just inside the RPI Top 50. La Salle can fill it up from deep and has a talented quintet of scorers, while the Minutemen play at the second-fastest pace in all of college hoops and have shown flashes this season.
Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament History: Champions & MOPs
|Year||Atlantic 10 Tournament Champion||Atlanta 10 Tournament Runner-Up||Atlantic 10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player|
|1977||Duquesne||Villanova||Norm Nixon, Duquesne|
|1978||Villanova||West Virginia||Alex Bradley, Villanova|
|1979||Rutgers||Pittsburgh||James Bailey, Rutgers|
|1980||Villanova||West Virginia||Lowes Moore, West Virginia|
|1981||Pittsburgh||Duquesne||Lenny McMillan, Pittsburgh|
|1982||Pittsburgh||West Virginia||Clyde Vaughan, Pittsburgh|
|1983||West Virginia||Temple||Terence Stansbury, Temple|
|1984||West Virginia||St. Bonaventure||Lester Rowe, West Virginia|
|1985||Temple||Rutgers||Granger Hall, Temple|
|1986||Saint Joseph's||Penn State||Greg Mullee, Saint Joseph's|
|1987||Temple||George Washington||Nate Blackwell, Temple|
|1988||Temple||Rhode Island||Tom Garrick, Rhode Island|
|1989||Rutgers||Penn State||Tom Savage, Rutgers|
|1990||Temple||Massachusetts||Mark Macon, Temple|
|1991||Penn State||George Washington||Freddie Barnes, Penn State|
|1992||Massachusetts||West Virginia||Harper Williams, Massachusetts|
|1993||Massachusetts||Temple||Harper Williams, Massachusetts|
|1994||Massachusetts||Temple||Mike Williams, Massachusetts|
|1995||Massachusetts||Temple||Lou Roe, Massachusetts|
|1996||Massachusetts||Temple||Carmelo Travieso, Massachusetts|
|1997||Saint Joseph's||Rhode Island||Rashid Bey, Saint Joseph's|
|1998||Xavier||George Washington||James Posey, Xavier|
|1999||Rhode Island||Temple||Lamar Odom, Rhode Island|
|2000||Temple||St. Bonaventure||Quincy Wadley, Temple|
|2001||Temple||Massachusetts||Lynn Greer, Temple|
|2002||Xavier||Richmond||David West, Xavier|
|2003||Dayton||Temple||Ramod Marshall, Dayton|
|2004||Xavier||Dayton||Lionel Chalmers, Xavier|
|2005||George Washington||Saint Joseph's||Patt Carroll, Saint Joseph's|
|2006||Xavier||Saint Joseph's||Justin Cage, Xavier|
|2007||George Washington||Rhode Island||Maureece Rice, George Washington|
|2008||Temple||Saint Joseph's||Dionte Christmas, Temple|
|2009||Temple||Duquesne||Dionte Christmas, Temple|
|2010||Temple||Richmond||Juan Fernandez, Temple|
|2011||Richmond||Dayton||Kevin Anderson, Richmond|
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