Tag:A-10 NCAA Tournament Resumes
Posted on: March 2, 2008 4:15 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2008 9:52 pm

A-10 NCAA Tournament Resumes

Here is a breakdown of the possible NCAA Tournament teams from the Atlantic 10 (A-10). I will try to update this as much as I can, but I cannot promise a daily update.

All computer numbers are courtesy of ESPN.com's InsideRPI. The cities/states in parenthesis are where the neutral game was played. Bad losses are losses that I feel that the team should have won. I will list the team's best wins under good wins.

The Atlantic 10 is the highest non-BCS RPI conference in the nation (7th overall). The A-10 looked very good in the beginning of the year with Xavier, Dayton, and Rhode Island all nationally ranked in early January. The A-10 at one point had 4 teams in the RPI top 30. Then, Dayton lost Chris Wright for an extended period of time, and they went on a losing streak. Rhode Island and Massachusetts also went on losing streaks once conference play started. Now, in a league that looked like it could get 5 bids, 3 bids could be pushing it.

Locks: Xavier
Should be in: Massachusetts
Bubble teams in: St. Joseph's
Bubble teams out: Rhode Island, Dayton

Xavier (25-4, 13-1)
RPI: 6
SOS: 23
Non-Conference SOS: 17
Record against RPI top 25: 1-1
Record against RPI 26-50: 6-0
Last 10 games: 10-0
Road/neutral: 10-3
Good non-conference wins: Kent State (Illinois), Indiana (Illinois), Creighton, Cincinnati, Kansas State
Good non-conference losses: at Miami Ohio, at Arizona State, Tennessee
Good conference wins: Dayton, at Massachusetts, St. Joseph's, at Rhode Island, at Dayton
Good conference losses: none
Bad losses: none
Remaining schedule: at St. Joseph's, Richmond, A-10 Tournament

Massachusetts (19-9, 8-6)
RPI: 38
SOS: 46
Non-Conference SOS: 91
Record against RPI top 25: 0-2
Record against RPI 26-50: 1-0
Last 10 games: 6-4
Road/neutral: 9-6
Good non-conference wins: at Syracuse, at Boston College, Houston
Good non-conference losses: at Vanderbilt
Good conference wins: at Dayton, Rhode Island, at Rhode Island
Good conference losses: St. Joseph's, at St. Joseph's, Xavier
Bad losses: Fordham
Remaining schedule: La Salle, at George Washington, A-10 Tournament

UMass is back on track with a four game winning streak, and appear to be next in line after Xavier. They have good non-conference wins at Syracuse, at Boston College, and Houston, but the first two keep looking worse. The loss at home against Fordham really hurts. They have two winnable games before the conference tournament.

St. Joseph's (17-9, 8-5)
RPI: 51
SOS: 85
Non-Conference SOS: 139
Record against RPI top 25: 0-1
Record against RPI top 50: 2-2
Last 10 games: 6-4
Road/neutral: 10-5
Good non-conference wins: at Siena, Villanova
Good non-conference losses: at Syracuse, Gonzaga, at Creighton
Good conference wins: Massachusetts, at Rhode Island
Good conference losses: at Xavier
Bad losses: Holy Cross, La Salle, St. Jouis
Remaining schedule: Temple, at Xavier, Dayton, A-10 Tournament

St. Joseph's is currently on the right side of the bubble, but they need to win in order to stay on the right side. Today's game against Temple is a must win for them, since the last 2 are very tough. The wins over Siena and Villanova are holding up nicely. They have 3 very bad home losses as well.

Rhode Island (21-9, 7-8)
RPI: 55
SOS: 114
Non-Conference SOS: 198
Record against RPI top 25: 0-1
Record against RPI top 50: 2-3
Last 10 games: 4-6
Road/neutral: 10-6
Good non-conference wins: UAB (Daytona Beach), at Syracuse
Good non-conference losses: at Boston College
Good conference wins: Dayton
Good conference losses: at Dayton, at Massachusetts, Xavier, Massachusetts, St. Joseph's
Bad losses: at George Washington
Remaining schedule: Charlotte, A-10 Tournament

The Rams looked to be in good position to make the NCAA Tournament. They then went on a 5 game losing steak to put them 2 games under .500 in league play. Their 3 game homestand against Xavier, UMass and St. Joe's did not turn out the way Rhode Island wanted it too. They got a much needed win at La Salle on Saturday, and now must win against Charlotte to get to .500 in conference games.

Dayton (18-9, 6-8)
RPI: 36
SOS: 20
Non-Conference SOS: 38
Record against RPI top 25: 2-2
Record against RPI top 50: 0-1
Last 10 games: 4-6
Road/neutral: 5-6
Good non-conference wins: at Miami Ohio, at Louisville, Pittsburgh, Akron
Good non-conference losses: at George Mason
Good conference wins: Rhode Island
Good conference losses: Massachusetts, at Xavier, at Rhode Island, Xavier
Bad losses: at Richmond, at George Washington, Duquesne, La Salle
Remaining schedule: at St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's, A-10 Tournament

Dayton got off to a very fast start, going 14-1 in their first 15 games, which included victories at Louisville and Pittsburgh. Now, the Flyers are staring at a 4-8 mark in their last 12 games, which is not a good impression on the committee. They have so many bad conference losses, and they only have 1 win against URI/St. Joe's/Xavier. The next two games are must win games for Dayton, who could still get to .500 in league play with those wins. Since second leading scorer Chris Wright got hurt, Dayton is 5-8, so the committee may consider the injury to help the Flyers' cause.
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