What’s Happening in the A-10?

Thus far, the Atlantic 10 has been just as exciting as expected.  Similar to last year, any team can be anyone on any given night.  Here are the current standings:


  1. Davidson 2-0
  2. Saint Louis 2-0
  3. VCU 2-0
  4. Dayton 2-0
  5. George Mason 2-1
  6. Duquesne 1-1
  7. Rhode Island 1-1
  8. George Washington 1-1
  9. St. Bonaventure 1-1
  10. La Salle 1-1
  11. Fordham 0-2
  12. UMass 0-2
  13. Richmond 0-2
  14. Saint Joseph’s 0-3

 

The most shocking thing to see is the very bottom of the conference and that’s St. Joe’s.  Picked 2nd in the preseason poll, the Hawks have lost each of their first 3 games all by double digits, 2 of them by over 20.  Joe’s had a brutal non-conference schedule, in terms of strength of schedule, but they came up with an impressive 20-point win over Wake Forest and a win over Loyola-Chicago.  Their 3-game skid to start conference play is shocking to everyone, but I think they will eventually get it going.  They’re just too talented, but they need to defend better.

This past Wednesday, there were some great games.  GW jumped out to a huge lead at home, but Dayton fought back to win a tough one.  Davidson had a 15-point lead over George Mason that was brought down to 1 midway through the 2nd half, but the Wildcats remained poised and came up with the win.  La Salle gave VCU all it could handle only losing by 6 at the Siegel Center.  The Explorers had a 9-point lead at the half.  UMass gave Saint Louis everything they had in an away game losing by only 3.  Luwane Pipkins had a shot to tie it, but missed.  Any team can win on any night in this conference.

 

Games To Watch This Saturday:

VCU vs. Davidson 2pm

These teams have had some battles in the past and if history repeats itself, this will be a must watch game.  Jon Axel Gudmundsson vs. Marcus Evans is going to be the matchup to watch.

St. Joe’s vs Duquesne 4pm

Can St. Joe’s get it going on the road? We shall see.

 

 

 

 

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