NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Rhode Island, which won the regular season title with a 15-3 conference record, will be the No. 1 seed for next week’s Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Capital One Arena in Washington. The 14-team tournament begins Wednesday with the championship final set for Sunday, March 11.
All five days of the championship will be televised.
In addition to Rhode Island, second-seeded St. Bonaventure (14-4), No. 3 Davidson (13-5) and No. 4 Saint Joseph’s (10-8) earned byes into the quarterfinal round of the championship. Rhode Island plays at noon on Friday, followed by Saint Joseph’s at 2:30 pm. The Bonnies open the evening session at 6:00 pm and Davidson will close out the quarterfinals at 8:30 pm.
Seeds five through 10 earn byes into the second round and will play Thursday on NBCSN. George Mason (9-9) is seeded fifth and will play the winner of No. 12 La Salle (7-11) and No. 13 Massachusetts (5-13) at 2:30 pm Thursday. La Salle and UMass will meet Wednesday in the first round at 6:00 pm on Stadium.
No. 6 Saint Louis (9-9) will open play Thursday at 8:30 pm against the winner of the late first-round game between No. 11 George Washington (7-11) and No. 14 Fordham (4-14). The Colonials and Rams game will tip off at 8:30 pm on Wednesday
Seventh-seeded Richmond (9-9) will play 10-seeded Duquesne (7-11) at 6:00 pm on Thursday in the second round, with the winner playing No. 2 St. Bonaventure. No. 8 VCU (9-9) faces No. 9 Dayton (8-10) at noon on Thursday for the right to play Rhode Island in the quarterfinals.
Two tiebreakers were necessary