Field Set For 2009 A-10 Men's Basketball Championship
March 7, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - For the third straight year, Xavier is the top seed for the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship, to be held Mar. 11-14 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
As a result of their 12-4 record in league action, the Musketeers (24-6) are the first A-10 program to enter the Championship as the No. 1 seed for three consecutive years since Temple in 1998-00. Ranked 17th in the Associated Press top 25 and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll, XU seeks its fifth title in program annals and third in five years. Led by senior B.J. Raymond (13.83 ppg.) and forward Derrick Brown (13.8 ppg.), Xavier has held 18 of its 30 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting on the year.
Having won six of its last seven games to end the regular season, Rhode Island (22-9/11-5) is seeded second and earned a first round bye, as did No. 3 Dayton (25-6/11-5) and fourth-seeded and 2008 champion Temple (19-11/11-5). Dayton's 25 wins are its highest regular-season total in team history, while the Owls seek to become the first A-10 program to defend its title since the Owls accomplished the feat in 2000-01. URI is led by senior guard Jimmy Baron, the conference's career leader in three-point field goals made with 345.
The 2009 A-10 Championship commences on Wednesday, Mar. 11, as eighth-seeded La Salle (18-12/9-7) faces No. 9 Saint Louis (17-13/8-8) at 12:00pm, while fifth-seeded Saint Joseph's (16-14/9-7) meets No. 12 Charlotte (11-19/5-11) at 2:30pm. The 6:30pm matchup on Wednesday includes of seventh-seeded Duquesne (18-11/9-7) versus No. 10 Massachusetts (12-17/7-9), while sixth-seeded Richmond (17-14/9-7) squares off against No. 11 St. Bonaventure (15-14/6-10) at 9:00pm. Duquesne's 18 victories are its highest total since the 1980-81 campaign, while St. Bonaventure advances to the A-10 Championship for the first time since 2005.
Opening round, quarterfinal and semifinal matchups can all be viewed live on www.atlantic10.org. Fans can subscribe beginning Tuesday, Mar. 10, for the cost of $7.95 per game. CBS College Sports All-Access subscribers for each A-10 school can watch the contests involving their team for free. However, monthly subscribers will be required to purchase the contests via pay-per-view.
2009 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship
Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City, N.J.
Wednesday, March 11
Game 1 - #8 La Salle vs. #9 Saint Louis - 12:00
Game 2 - #5 Saint Joseph's vs. #12 Charlotte - 2:30
Game 3 - #7 Duquesne vs. #10 Massachusetts - 6:30
Game 4 - #6 Richmond vs. #11 St. Bonaventure - 9:00
Thursday, March 12
Game 5 - #1 Xavier vs. #8/#9 winner - 12:00 (CBS C)
Game 6 - #4 Temple vs. #5/#12 winner - 2:30 (CBS C)
Game 7 - #2 Rhode Island vs. #7/#10 winner - 6:30 (CBS C)
Game 8 - #3 Dayton vs. #6/#11 winner - 9:00 (CBS C)
Friday, March 13
Game 9 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner - 6:30 (CBS C)
Game 10 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner - 9:00 (CBS C)
Saturday, March 14
Finals - 6:00 (ESPN2)
*CBS C - regionalized coverage by CBS College Sports Network. Check local listings