The Saint Louis Billikens will have the chance to defend their Atlantic 10 title in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but it will not be easy thanks to their tough road schedule in the conference.
Unlike last season, the Billikens will play the VCU Rams twice on the season. Well, they did play VCU twice last season, but only once during the regular season. As expected, one game will be played at home and the other on the road.
However, Saint Louis will also have to play La Salle and Massachusetts on the road, which is the only matchups against those teams during the regular season. Talking about rough. Sure, the conference will be losing some good teams, but La Salle and Massachusetts will both be good enough to compete for a conference title.
The Billikens did play those teams at home this past season, though, so it is only fair that they switch off.
Rapping up the away schedule will be games played against Dayton, Duquesne, George mason, Road Island and Saint Joseph’s.
There are clearly some easy games in there, but playing on the road is never an easy thing in college basketball. Saint Louis may have had a 13-3 record in the conference last season, but that will be a very tough feat in the 2013-14 season because of key players no longer being on the team and the tough road schedule in conference play.
Yes, the Billikens will be talented enough to compete for an A 10 title, but the edge may go to a different team just because of how tough this schedule is looking. Not to mention, VCU could very well have its best team yet.
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