It was a banner year for A-10 basketball. Six teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament with the Dayton Flyers soaring all the way to the Elite 8. The Billikens took the regular season title while the Hawks lifted the hardware in Brooklyn and both SLU and VCU cracked the AP top-10 during the regular season.
But athletic departments are more than just men’s basketball. The conference’s highest profile sport may hog the headlines but that doesn’t stop the league office from handing out the trophies outside of the Barclays Center each March.
We got out our quill and ink, put a few lumps of coal on the fire and got to number crunching to see how successful the conference’s athletic departments were from top to bottom this past academic year.
We tabulated the scores by taking the points earned in each sport (12 for first, 12 for second, etc.) and dividing them by the number of teams participating in those sports — just as they do in a conference such as the SEC that awards all-sports awards.
VCU led the conference due to strong showing in both their men’s and women’s sports, ranking first overall among men’s teams with a score of .7386 as well as fourth in on the women’s side with a score of .6483. Saint Louis was the only other program to rank in the top five on both sides but finished fifth in each. Duquesne finished first overall among women’s sports with a score of .6863, which helped carry them to a second place overall finish.