Top-Shelf Tilt Tips Off Weekend Hoops
VCU Rams (20-6; 8-3 A-10)
at MASSACHUSETTS Minutemen (20-5; 7-4 A-10)
7:00 pm | Mullins Center
WHO WANTS NEXT?--The Atlantic 10 on Tuesday launched a branding campaign at WhoWantsNext.com. Visit the Microsite at WhoWantsNext.com, share the video and read more about the branding efforts
Saint Louis, which has won a record 17 straight, moved up to No. 10 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls this week. VCU is receiving votes in both polls also.
In the latest Bracketologies, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has five A-10 teams in the Big Dance (UMass, Saint Louis, VCU, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s and Richmond).Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has the same five A-10 teams in his bracket. Both of them list Richmond and Dayton among those just outside the field.
The Atlantic 10 completed its non-conference schedule by winning 71 percent of those non-league games. A-10 teams also have registered six wins over ranked teams and 16 wins against the big five conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12).
The A-10 has nine of its 13 teams in the top 100 of the RPI ratings, six teams in the RPI top 50 and seven teams in the top 68 (NCAA Tournament field size). The league also ranks sixth among all conferences in the RPI and has nine teams in the top 100 of the Pomeroy Ratings and eight in the Sagarin Ratings top 100.