Predicting Brooklyn: Full A-10 tournament bracket predictions

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We’re just two days away from knowing exactly what this year’s Atlantic 10 tournament bracket will look like. We could wait until Saturday evening and get into that discussion with the official bracket OR throw some guesses out now and have some fun.

I like the later, so let’s get into it.

Session Game Time* Matchup# Television Score
First round – Wednesday, March 11
1 1 6:30 pm #13 Mason  vs. #12 Fordham
2 9:00 pm #14 SLU vs. #11 Duquesne
Second round – Thursday, March 12
2 3 12:00 pm #9 La Salle vs. #8 SBU NBCSN
4 2:30 pm #12 Fordham vs. #5 VCU NBCSN
3 5 6:30 pm #10 Saint Joseph’s vs. #7 UMass NBCSN
6 9:00 pm #11 Duquesne vs. #6 GW NBCSN
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 13
4 7 12:00 pm #9 La Salle vs. #1 Davidson NBCSN
8 2:30 pm #5 VCU vs. #4 Richmond NBCSN
5 9 6:30 pm #10 SJU vs. #2 Dayton NBCSN
10 9:00 pm #6 GW vs. #3 Rhody NBCSN
Semifinals – Saturday, March 14
6 11 1:30 pm #1 Davidson vs. #5 VCU CBSSN
12 4:00 pm #2 Dayton vs. #3 Rhody CBSSN
Championship – Sunday, March 15
7 13 1:00pm #1 Davidson vs. #2 Dayton CBS

I’ll actually let you fill in the champ.

Here’s the reality with this year’s tournament: This year’s Atlantic 10 is full of flawed teams.

I think that fact provides and exciting atmosphere at the Barclays Center (I picked a lot of chalk but don’t be surprised to see a ton of upsets) but I worry about the Atlantic 10’s chances in March.

  • Davidson has one of the best offensive teams in the country but remains undersized and questionable on defense.
  • Dayton has one of the best starting fives around but has ZERO depth and maxes out at 6’6 in the paint.
  • Rhode Island has some great pieces but like VCU, can go ice-cold on offense.
  • Richmond has nice pieces inside and out but have and undersized backcourt and too many bad losses (Mason, JMU, Wake, Northeastern) to inspire confidence in their ability to do damage in March against the four, five and six seeds of the world.

QUICK AWARDS PREDICTIONS

A-10 Player of the Year: Tyler Kalinoski – Davidson
A-10 Coach of the Year: Archie Miller – Dayton (beats Bob McKillop by one vote)
A-10 Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Martin – Rhode Island
A-10 Rookie of the Year: Eric Paschall – Fordham

 

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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