Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Atlantic 10

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Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at Atlantic 10 Conference:

 

How many bids can the A-10 get in 2012-13?

The answer is certainly multiple and the answer could end up being anywhere in the range from four to six when all is said and done. While on-the-court play and non-conference resume builders will determine who and how many teams will dance in 2013, the hype and expectations that the league is building this year is incredible.

The additions of both VCU and Butler give the A-10 two of the nation’s most notable Cinderellas in recent memory and each will have the ability to contend for a conference crown in their first season. Saint Louis and Temple once again provide consistency near the top of the league, while both St. Joseph’s and UMass will make this title race all that much more interesting.

So, can all six of the aforementioned teams make a run at March? What about Dayton, LaSalle, and an Xavier squad, who despite recent losses, are fresh off a Sweet 16 appearance? It was only a season ago when we saw St. Bonaventure make a run in the conference tournament and steal a bid into the bracket.

The parody and competition runs deep in what should certainly be an exciting year within the league.

 

Atlantic 10 Conference Prediction:

1. VCU

2. Butler

3. UMass

4. Saint Louis

5. Temple

6. St. Joseph’s

7. Dayton

8. LaSalle

9. Xavier

10. Richmond

11. St. Bonaventure

12. George Washington

13. Charlotte

14. Fordham

15. Rhode Island

16. Duquesne

 

First Team All-Atlantic 10 Prediction:

G Chaz Williams, Jr., UMass

G Kevin Dillard, Sr., Dayton

G Khalif Wyatt, Sr., Temple

F Juvonte Reddic, Jr., VCU

F C.J. Aiken, Jr., St. Joseph’s

 

Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Prediction:

Chaz Williams, Jr., UMass

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Brad Stevens, Butler

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Semaj Christon, Fr., Xavier

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Xavier advanced to the Sweet 16

 

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse

 

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