Rhode Island, GW kick off A-10 NIT action

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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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