The Atlantic 10 basketball tournament kicks off tonight at 6:30 pm when St. Louis faces George Mason in the opening game. Duquesne and La Salle have the second game of the night, which tips off at 9 pm. This tournament has huge NCAA tournament implications not only for the Rams, but for virtually all of the top 5 seeds.
Wednesday, March 9
Game 1: 6:30 PM – No. 12 George Mason vs. No. 13 St. Louis
Game 2: 9:00 PM – No. 11 Duquesne vs. No. 14 La Salle
Thursday, March 10
Game 3: Noon – No. 8 Fordham vs. No. 9 Richmond
Game 4: 2:30 PM – No. 5 George Washington vs. George Mason/St. Louis winner
Game 5: 6:30 PM – No. 7 Rhode Island vs. No. 10 Massachusetts
Game 6: 9:00 PM – No. 6 Davidson vs. Duquesne/La Salle winner
Friday, March 11
Game 7: Noon – No. 1 Dayton vs. Fordham/Richmond winner
Game 8: 2:30 PM – No. 4 St. Joes vs. Game 4 winner
Game 9: 6:30 PM – No. 2 VCU vs. Rhode Island/Massachusetts winner
Game 10: 9:00 PM – No. 3 St. Bonaventure vs. Game 6 winner
Saturday, March 12
Game 11: 1:30 PM – Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner
Game 12: 4:00 PM – Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner
Sunday, March 13
Game 13: 12:30 PM – Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner
Based on the way the bracket turned out, the likeliest path for VCU to reach the finals would be to beat Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, and Dayton. That’s a doable task for the Rams, as they’ve beaten Rhode Island twice, St. Bonaventure once, and lost to Dayton by 1 in OT.
VCU would likely need to at least reach the semifinals to solidify it’s NCAA tournament resume, but winning the tournament is the surest way to ensure a ticket to the big dance.
Dayton is a virtual lock to earn a berth into the tournament, but VCU, St. Joes, St. Bonaventure, and George Washington all need a solid effort this week to keep their season alive.
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