UPDATE: Mark Adams on the Atlantic 10

Lead analyst Mark Adams previews the A10 (click here for final bracket): 

The A-10 was predictable until an injury to VCU’s Briante Weber at the end of January changed the dynamics of the conference race. I still predict the Rams will win their tournament, but this is a deep conference with top players and teams. Here’s what I see:


Virginia Commonwealth




Quality Wins: Texas A&M, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miss, @ St Bonaventure

Elite National Rankings: The Flyers have been a top-30 defensive team all season long, holding opponents to about 60 points. They have also defended the three well; opponents are only 30 percent from beyond the arc.


  • Ability to score. When the Flyers score more than 65, they are undefeated but are just 6-5 when scoring less.
  • Team defense has been consistently stingy.
  • Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre are a solid 1-2 scoring punch, typically producing 30 points a game for the Flyers.


  • Depth. Just seven players get significant minutes.



Quality Wins: @ U Mass, Dayton, @ George Washington
Elite National Rankings: The Wildcats have been a top 25 scoring team all season, averaging close to 80 points per game. They approach 40 percent from three-point range and share the wealth, averaging more than 17 assists per game.
• Davidson is a dangerous team led by one of the most under-rated guards in the country in Tyler Kalinoski, who produces 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
  • This team gives up points at just below 70 per game.
Mark Adams

Mark Adams

Mark Adams is a college basketball analyst for American Sports Network and on the ESPN family of networks. Adams was a college basketball coach for 17 years who was known as a program rebuilder. During those years, he took over programs that were a combined 28-54 (.341) in the season prior to his arrival compared to his combined final season record at those same three schools of 59-32 (.648). In addition to his coaching career, Adams was the director of athletics at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. In his spare time, Adams has written eight books, most recently, “Why We Win- Followership and Leadership Strategies for Team Success,” “Redwoods- Spread Your Roots and Coach Your Team to Success!” “Winning in Overtime: Championship Sales Strategies From a Championship Coach!” and two children’s stories titled: “Bucky’s Best Friend” and “A Boy Named Bucky.” Adams is a national motivational speaker, published author, business consultant and was recently inducted into the Rocky Mountain College athletic Ring of Honor. Basketball Coaching Experience 1991-96: Head Coach, Central Connecticut State University (led country in blocked shots 1995 and 1996 1989-91: Assistant Coach, Washington State University 1985-89: Head Coach, Western Oregon University, (West Division Champions) 1982-85: Head Coach, Rocky Mountain College, Montana, (NAIA National Tournament Bid) 1979-82: Assistant Coach, Idaho State University under Lynn Archibald