A-10 Emerging As One Of The Most Competitive Conferences In NCAA

By Sean Labar

The A-10 has been one of the most exciting conferences in college basketball thus far. With about a month left in the regular season, there is no single team that is running away with the first place crown.

In fact, there are no teams that are undefeated and no teams with even one loss. There are, however, seven teams with two losses, setting the stage for an exciting month of February.

It is evident that the additions of Butler and VCU have upgraded the competition within the conference, and teams like St. Louis, Charlotte, Temple and La Salle are rising to the occasion. Xavier has always been a strong program, this season is no different.

The A-10 has an RPI of seven in the country, putting it ahead of the SEC and Missouri Valley conferences. I think there is a legitimate shot it could send four or five squads to the NCAA tournament.

Who will win the conference? I’m sticking by my guns and going with VCU. The Rams have hit a little adversity over the last few weeks in losses to Richmond and La Salle. They bounced back on the road against Rhode Island and should beat Fordham at home tonight. Shaka Smart knows what it takes to have a team ready down the stretch and I expect that to be the x-factor going forward.

This will not be an easy task for the Rams. Butler is playing strong, and on paper, is probably the most dynamic team in the league. Rotnei Clark is arguably the best player in the A-10, and with him on the floor, the Bulldogs can hang with the nation’s best. On March 2, Butler will travel to VCU. I think that could very well be a preview of the conference championship.

There are another five or six teams that are perfectly capable of bringing home an A-10 title. There will be some great basketball coming from an unlikely conference heading into March.


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