Rhode Island, GW kick off A-10 NIT action


The Atlantic 10 will be represented by VCU, Davidson and Dayton in this year’s NCAA tournament, leaving Richmond, George Washington and Rhode Island in charge of NIT duties.

Two A-10 teams will make ESPN appearances tonight in that NIT action. Rhode Island, a No.3 seed, will host Iona (26-8) at 7PM on ESPNU while fifth-seeded George Washington will travel to Pittsburgh (19-14) to take on the Panthers at the exact same time on ESPN.

The Richmond Spiders earned a No.1 seed and were revealed as the first team left out of the NCAA field (ouch!). They’ll host St. Francis Brooklyn (23-11) Wednesday night at 7:30PM on ESPN3 and will host the winner of UConn and Arizona State if they can survive the Terriers first.

Three wins would earn the Spiders, Rams and Colonials a trip back to New York, as the tournament’s semifinal and final games are held at the historic Madison Square Garden arena in Manhattan.



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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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