Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Predictions

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The Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament starts up today with a pair of games between the bottom dwellers of the division. The No. 13 Saint Louis Billikens take on the No. 12 George Mason Patriots, while the No. 14 La Salle Explorers face the No. 11 Duquesne Dukes. Neither team has been particular well this season, but the Dukes are coming off a road win over the No. 4 St. Joseph’s Hawks. If the Dukes can get past the Explorers, they would face the No. 6 Davidson Wildcats next. Anyways, I actually think that the Atlantic 10 Conference is very strong this year and could spew out three to four teams into the NCAA Tournament. The Dayton Flyers and St. Bonaventure Bonnies seem like locks as long as they avoid an upset in the quarterfinals. The St. Joseph’s Hawks were a lock until they drop their last two games, including that bad one to the aforementioned Duquesne Dukes.  Their first game in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament could potentially be against the George Washington Colonials, which would be a quality win to get them back in the good graces. Anyways, the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament schedule are as follows…

First Round: March 9 (American Sports Network)
Game 1: No. 13 Saint Louis Billikens vs. No. 12 George Mason Patriots
Game 2: No. 14 La Salle Explorers vs. No. 11 Duquesne Dukes

Second Round: March 10 (NBCSN)
Game 3: No. 9 Richmond Spiders vs. No. 8 Fordham Rams
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 5 George Washington Colonials
Game 5: No. 10 UMass Minutemen vs. No. 7 Rhode Island Rams
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 6 Davidson Wildcats

Quarterfinals: March 11 (NBCSN)
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 1 Dayton Flyers
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. No. 4 Saint Joseph’s Hawks
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. No. 2 VCU Rams
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. No. 3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies

Semifinals: March 12 (CBSSN)
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

Championship: March 13 (CBS)
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

Prediction: While the Dayton Flyers are the consensus favorite to win the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, the truth is, that it couldn’t be more wide open. I could literally see five different teams taking the cake, but I’m going to side with the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. Their the only team heading into the Tournament hot, as they’ve won five in a row and are 10-1 in their last eleven games. The St. Joseph’s Hawks have lost two in a row, the VCU Rams are 5-4 in their last nine games, the Dayton Flyers are 3-3 in their last six games and the George Washington Colonials are 4-4 in their eight games. Like I said, the Bonnies are the only team heading in with any momentum and I’ll take that and the play of Marcus Posley any day. 

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