Are the LaSalle Explorers a Dark Horse to Win the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament?

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Has anyone figured out the Atlantic 10 Conference yet?

With Selection Sunday just over a week away, the conference is guaranteed to receive multiple bids to the Big Dance. However, it’s unclear at this point just how many teams will qualify.

One of those squads that has seemingly done enough to earn a spot within the NCAA Tournament field is LaSalle. The Explorers will end the regular season with a difficult match-up on the road at Saint Louis and with it could come a potential drop in their seeding if they cannot come up with the huge road win.

Either way, let’s talk about the conference tournament. Things are moving to Brooklyn, New York this season and they are sure to be wild if the regular season has provided any sort of indication.

The Explorers, who currently sit in third place in the standings with an 11-4 league record, appear to be one of the squads that could potentially be a dark horse within the field. We know who the favorites are and we know who the top dogs are, but this could play right into the hands of LaSalle, given the focus will be on a few others to produce. LaSalle has expectations in Brooklyn, but in terms of a public perspective, they don’t compare to the likes of VCU, Butler, Temple or those Billikens of Saint Louis.

Don’t count the Explorers out as a team that could win the Atlantic 10 Tournament. I mean, why would you? The regular season has been wild and teams have just continuously been jostling for position near the top of the standings since January.

We will be able to tell a lot about LaSalle’s overall potential on Saturday however, when they make the trip to Saint Louis to face the red-hot Billikens.

 

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