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Weekend Preview, Games to Watch in the A-10

It’s been a rather light week around the Atlantic 10, but that doesn’t mean it lacked excitement! Duquesne pulled off yet another come from behind victory, this time shocking Rhode Island at home. Richmond pulled the rug out from under Saint Louis, picking up a shocking road win. La Salle and GW both picked up home wins against fellow conference standings doormats and Dayton also kept pace with a home victory over Saint Joseph’s.

Now, let’s take a look at the top games of the weekend:

Saturday February 2

Dayton vs Duquesne | 2 ET | ESPN+

This game features teams tied in the A-10 standings at 6-2, and one will gain a significant advantage moving forward after today. The Flyers enter having won three of their last four contests, losing only to first place George Mason during that stretch. They’ve been rather consistent, but I believe have fallen off of people’s radar again. Duquesne pulled off a miracle win over URI this week, and enter having won six of their last seven games, falling only to VCU during that span. Say what you will about the Dukes, their average margin of decision (including both wins and loses) is just 3.9 points throughout all eight A-10 games they’ve played so far. To be 6-2 with that stat is quite remarkable. If that’s any indication, this should be one heck of a game!

Rhode Island vs Saint Louis | 4 ET | CBSSN

This is an interesting game to me, as both teams are coming off rather brutal losses from this week. Rhode Island blew a 19-point lead at Duquesne, while Saint Louis put forth a rather uninspiring performance at home against Richmond. Sitting a 5-3 in the A-10 and having lost three straight games, Saint Louis is likely finished in their hopes of an at-large bid. Their only likely path now is to help themselves the rest of the way through conference play, and storm through Brooklyn. This is a very tough road matchup for the Billikens, and this is do or die time for them. As for the Rams, sure, Wednesday night was a really tough loss, but this team still has quite a lot of talent. I’m not quite sure what to expect from this game, but regardless, grab the popcorn!

VCU vs George Mason| 6:30 ET | NBCSN

This is arguably one of the biggest games for George Mason, if not the biggest game of the season. The Rams present a formidable foe, and VCU owns the all-time series record 39-20, including a 6-21 record at home. This rivalry is one that dates back to the days of the CAA, and is the 60th all-time meeting. Mason enters having won 11 of their last 14 games, dating back to the Emerald Coast Classic, while VCU has won seven of their last nine games. The Rams will seek to avenge their loss to George Mason a year ago, when the Patriots erased an 11-point deficit with 5 minutes to go, capped off by Ian Boyd, well, being Ian Boyd…

A Look at the Week Ahead…

It’s a busy week ahead around the Atlantic 10. Tuesday will feature a double-header of La Salle hosting cross-town rival Saint Joseph’s followed by Saint Louis hosting Dayton. Wednesday features a five-game slate, headlined by Davidson hosting Rhode Island. Additionally, George Mason will travel to RichmondGW will host VCUDuquesne will host St. Bonaventure and Fordham will travel to face UMass. Finally, in prime-time on Friday night, Saint Joseph’s will host Saint Louis.