This Week in the A-10 (2/22)
As we get closer and closer to March Madness, let's check on everyone's fourteen favorite DMV/Midwest/Northeast teams in the Atlantic 10! After a pretty rough February that saw the conference pretty much eat itself alive, we're getting closer and closer to the big conversation reaching the level that A-10 fans expected in the beginning of the year. Let's break down what you may have missed last week.
Is the A-10 once again a three-bid league?
Not yet, but according to bracketologists like Joe Lunardi and Andy Katz, there is a very feasible path for three teams in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Right now, with Davidson in the tournament proper, Dayton in the First Four Out, and the Bonnies in the Next Four, the A-10 may be a few key wins away from three teams in the tourney. Of course, several things will have to happen in order for that dream to become a reality. First, all three of these teams will need to win out, or get as close to winning out as possible during the regular season. Dayton and Davidson play each other in their respective regular season finales, so I think if you're a general A-10 fan, you'll have to root for the Wildcats in this situation. As we enter the tournament, the Wildcats will have to lose in the semifinals or finals for a multi-bid A-10 to happen in 2022.
Mason and Fordham duke it out in a mid-table battle
As these teams on top duke it out for bids in 2022, what are the middle of the pack teams playing for at this point in February? If you're Fordham or George Mason, this past Sunday was a game to prove how far your program has developed in just one season as a new head coach. Kim English and Kyle Neptune, two first-year head coaches in the conference, had their teams duke it out in an instant classic, with Fordham coming out on top 50-47 behind 17 points from Chuba Ohams. Both of these coaches were handed the keys to historic, yet recently underperforming programs in the offseason, and in just about eight months or so, have turned them into teams that could seriously compete in this conference over the next few seasons. With Coach Neptune specifically, Fordham has been able to get off some solid wins, and challenge top teams in the conference even after the departure of Antonio Daye, as well as continued injuries with Chuba Ohams and Darius Quisenberry.