The end of the regular season in college basketball represents a time where teams are scrambling to get that one big win that will get them into the NCAA tournament. This is what motivates teams like the Minnesota Golden Gophers to beat the Indiana Hoosiers. That win could have punched the ticket for Minnesota to go to the Big Dance; however it is not as easy for smaller conferences.
This week the conference report takes a look at the Atlantic Ten.
The Butler Bulldogs are a sheer lock for the big dance as they have been ranked in the Top 25 nearly all season long. Butlers coach Brad Stevens has a history of making miracles during March Madness so it will be good to see them get the call, but who else in the conference deserves the nod?
The St. Louis Billikens actually lead the conference and only recently jumped into the college basketball rankings after beating both Butler and VCU. They win with defense and will undoubtedly get in along with Virginia Commonwealth University. Like Butler, VCU has a legacy of playing well in the Big Dance so these three teams should advance leaving the rest of the teams looking for a signature win to get the invite.
The conference has ten teams that have double-digit win totals but in reality only a few have the resume to move on in March. La Salle is 19-4 on the season with nine wins in conference which is as many as Butler. Temple also has 19 wins on the season and eight wins in the conference. The big win over Memphis by Xavier still gives this team a chance, but it is unlikely that more than one of these teams will move on.
Anything can happen in March and it will be very interesting to see how the A10 is represented in the tournament.
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