Never sleep on the Atlantic 10 Conference. Although the A10 goes under the radar during the season, their teams tend to do better than expected in postseason play. Let’s take a look at how I think the conference will shake out.
1. Rhode Island. Basically, the Rams have the best backcourt in the conference with E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell, Stanford Robinson, and Jarvis Garrett. Also, the urgency of all four being seniors should prevent complacency from creeping in.
2. Saint Joseph’s. Whenever St. Joe’s has an experienced team, the Hawks always contend for the conference title. Injuries derailed them last season.
3. St. Louis. The Billikens have a unique situation in which transfers and freshman look to push St. Louis back to the top.
4. VCU. Virginia Commonwealth will continue to contend for the conference crown this season with Jonathan Williams running the show.
5. Davidson. The Wildcats have one of the best post players in the A10 in Peyton Aldridge (20.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg).
6. St. Bonaventure. Four starters return for the Bonnies. Their backcourt is electric with Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley.
7. George Mason. The Patriots have an experienced backcourt which should keep them in most games this season.
8. George Washington. The Colonials will look to build on momentum from last season after winning their last five regular season conference games.
9. LaSalle. The Explorers need to improve their defense.
10. Dayton. With only one starter returning, the Flyers may be stuck on the ground this season.
11. Richmond. Losing the A10 Conference Player of the Year means that the Spiders may be going down the water spout this season.
12. UMass. Massachusetts appears to be about a year away.
13. Fordham. For some reason, this basketball program never seems to build any momentum even though the university is located in New York, NY.
14. Duquesne. The Dukes seem to always be in rebuilding mode even though the university is located in Pittsburgh.
Source: Street & Smith. Pic is from Pixabay.com.