As we draw closer to March Madness, I can’t help but to analyze each conference for teams either worth an At-large bid or one whom is on the bubble. Here, I examine the Atlantic 10 Conference, which according to KenPom is the 8th best conference. There is definitely several teams that I’ve had an eye on, which you can see in my previous post series “Great Year, At-large bid?”.
Best Teams: Saint Joseph’s Hawks, VCU Rams, Dayton Flyers, St. Bonaventure Bonnies, George Washington Colonials
At-large: Saint Joseph’s Hawks, Dayton Flyers
On The Bubble: St. Bonaventure Bonnies, VCU Rams, George Washington Colonials
Note: I could realistically see three teams coming out of the Atlantic 10 Conference. I think the St. Joseph’s Hawks and Dayton Flyers are firmly locked in as At-large bids, although I will mention that the Flyers have been killing their seeding with their recent skid. The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are super close and they have a huge upcoming game against the St. Joseph Hawks. A win would certainly get them out of the bubble and into the At-large territory. The VCU Rams have fallen out from being an At-large, as they’ve dropped three of their five games, two of which are to the bottom dwellers of the conference. They can however erase all that, as they have an important road game against the Dayton Flyers. As for the Colonials, their non-conference success had me thinking this was a top 25 team, but conference play would erase all that. I think their only hope is to win their remaining two regular season games and make it to the finals at the very least in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.