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:

 AUTOMATIC BID

Virginia Commonwealth



LIKELY TO RECEIVE AT AN-LARGE BID

Dayton

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.

Strengths:

  • 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.


Weakness:

  • Depth. Just seven players get significant minutes.




Davidson
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.

Strengths:

• 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.

Weakness:

    This team gives up points at just below 70 per game.

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