Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Don't Stop Believing

The top four teams in the A-10 at the end of the regular season receive byes in the first round of the conference tournament. Currently, the standings look like this:

1) Rhode Island (10-3)
2) Xavier (9-3)
2) Massachusetts (9-3)
4) St. Joseph's (8-4)
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5) George Washington (7-5)
6) Fordham (7-6)
7) Dayton (6-6)
7) Saint Louis (6-6)

A game out of that crucial fourth spot, the Colonials close the season with games at home against Richmond, at LaSalle, at Charlotte, and at home against Duquesne. What do all four of these teams have in common? Losing records in conference play. On the other hand, St. Joseph's still has to go to Xavier and hosts Massachusetts on the final day of the regular season.

More food for thought: what would happen if the Colonials slip into that fourth spot and Rhode Island wins the regular season title? Xavier and Massachusetts would be on the other side of the bracket.

Just some things to consider with roughly 10 days left in the regular season.

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