CBB Review highlights the ins and outs of every conference tournament leading up to Selection Sunday. Up next: The Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The Atlantic 10 Tournament has become one of the better, more historic conference tourneys in recent years. As always, multiple teams at the top have chances to claim the automatic bid.
Players to Watch
- Hyunjung Lee, Davidson
- Josh Oduru, George Mason
- Noah Fernandes, UMass
- Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure
Luka Brajkovic has rightfully received the most attention around the conference but Lee is arguably more important to Davidson’s success. His length, shot-making ability, quickness off-ball make the South Korean phenom an appealing NBA prospect.
Oduro quietly led the entire Atlantic 10 in scoring by a wide margin, at 18.0 points per game. Of his 177 field goals this year, 118 of them have come at the rim. A true post player.
For UMass to make any noise, Noah Fernandes needs to be an alpha. He is a great shot creator and capable driver who averaged over 14 points and nearly 6 assists per game.
Osunniyi is one of the most impressive two-way players that mid-major college basketball has to offer. He was third in the A10 with a 60.7% effective field goal percentage and led the conference in block rate.
Team to watch: Saint Louis
The Billikens have had a rather underwhelming season but don’t be mistaken — the capability is still there. They have the ability to shoot the lights out on any given night and are one of the better rebounding teams in the conference. Gibson Jimerson is a capable guard who can score on all three levels. Even though they are not in the top four, Saint Louis is a great value bet for the A10 Tournament.
Atlantic 10 Tournament Simulation
Opening Round – Wednesday, March 9
12. La Salle vs 13. St. Joseph’s – 1 p.m., ESPN+
La Salle extends their winning streak to four games with a first-round conference tournament win.
11. Rhode Island vs 14. Duquesne – 3 p.m., ESPN+
The Rams’ stout defense cuts off interior scoring and propels URI to the second round.
Second Round – Thursday, March 10
8. Fordham vs 9. George Mason – Noon, USA Network
Fordham’s surprise season comes to an end as they can’t keep up with George Mason’s far superior offense.
5. Saint Louis vs 12. La Salle – 2:30 p.m., USA Network
It’s been a tough season for the Explorers and they will eventually run out of gas. Saint Louis will be no match for them.
7. George Washington vs 10. Massachusetts – 6 p.m., USA Network
UMass has played a lot more looser since the announcement of McCall being let go after the season. They are 2-0 since and will grab another win in the conference tournament.
#6 Richmond vs #11 Rhode Island – 8:30 p.m., USA Network
URI makes a push but eventually, Richmond pulls away from the Rams’ anemic offense.
Quarterfinals – Friday, March 11
1. Davidson vs 9. George Mason – Noon, USA Network
In a rematch of last week, Davidson overwhelms with offensive weapons and grabs another win.
4. St. Bonaventure vs 5. Saint Louis – 2:30 p.m., USA Network
St. Bonaventure has difficulty defending the rim, and the Billikens have a knack for finishing their chances. The Bonnies’ disappointing season comes to an end.
2. Dayon vs 10. UMass – 6 p.m., USA Network
The Minutemen are able to compete but simply can’t make enough stops. Dayton advances.
3. VCU vs 6. Richmond – 8:30 p.m., USA Network
VCU’s stifling defense allows them to take a hard-played, emotional rivalry rematch.
Semifinals – Saturday, March 12
1. Davidson vs 5. Saint Louis – 1 p.m., CBSSN
Upset alert! Saint Louis continues their miracle run as they are a team that could keep up with Davidson’s three-point-making ability but also diversify their offense.
2. Dayton vs 3. VCU – 3:30 p.m., CBSSN
VCU simply can’t find timely buckets when they need them. Flyers go to the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship.
Finals – Sunday, March 13
2. Dayton vs 5. Saint Louis – 1 p.m., CBS
Dayton is able to control the tempo and claim the Atlantic 10 Tournament crown for the second time in three years. Nothing is left in doubt; the Flyers are going dancing!