Atlantic 10 – Get to know it a little better

21 Oct

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

We’ve ranked the projected order of finish in the Atlantic 10. We’ve picked the all-conference team. We’ve named the best freshmen and best sleepers. What else can be done? Easy, pick the questions that need answers and dig up answers to trivia questions that can make you sound like the smartest guy or girl at the sports bar.

Five Questions About the A-10

The thought is that Xavier and Temple will finish 1st and 2nd, but who will finish 3rd? St. Bonaventure could shock the league behind the play of Andrew Nicholson.

Is the A-10 more than a two bid league this season? No, most of the programs don’t have the type of non-conference schedule that would garner an at large bid. Outside of a team winning the conference tournament not named Xavier or Temple, the A-10 should only get two bids.

How will conference realignment affect the A-10? While a definitive answer has yet to surface, the A-10 could be the target for bigger conferences to raid, namely the Big East. Dayton, Xavier, and Temple are all attractive schools when it comes to basketball, even though football is what is driving the realignment.

How far can Tony Taylor carry George Washington? The do-it-all New York native has the talent to keep GW in contention throughout the season. If Losan Kromah can return to form than George Washington could be a team that surprises.

Who will step up for Fordham? Last season was almost a one man show for Chris Gaston. If the Rams want to go anywhere in the A-10 this season, someone will need to step up and contribute points in order to stop opposing defenses form doubling Gaston. Freshman Devon McMillan could be the answer, while it will take time for him to adjust to the college game, McMillan has the talent to become an All A-10 player before he graduates.

Ten Things You May Not Know About the A-10

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy has shaved his mustache off after Dionte Christmas graduated. It was arguably the best mustache in college hoops last year. (See video above.)

George Washington leads the conference in regular season championships with 13 but hasn’t won one since 2008.

Temple and Xavier have won 10 of the past 12 conference tournaments. The other two? George Washington in 2003 and Charlotte in 2009.

URI freshman Jonathan Holton goes by the nickname “Sponge”.

St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli’s wife, Judy Marra, had a movie made about her college team, Immaculata College and it premiered in Philadelphia on Friday night the title is “Mighty Macs”.

Besides Phil Martelli, fellow A-10 coaches Fran Dunphy and John Giannini made a point to see “Mighty Macs” as did Drexel’s Bruiser Flint and Villanova’s Jay Wright.

Xavier head man Chris Mack started his coaching career as a JV basketball coach at McAuley High, an all-girls school in Cincinnati, in 1993.

Dusquene, George Washington, and UMass are the only original members of the A-10 still in the conference.

Dayton has the biggest basketball arena in the A-10, it seats over 13,000 people.

Xavier has the toughest non-conference schedule. They will face Georgia, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, and Purdue at home, while facing Memphis and Vanderbilt on the road.

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