The 2017 Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament begins Wednesday, March 8, with two first-round games at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The league’s top four seeds won’t be in action until Friday.
Massachusetts and St. Joseph’s will tip-off the action at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and Saint Louis and Duquesne will followup that contest at 8:30 p.m. Dayton clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament with a 79-72 win over VCU on Thursday, pushing the Rams down to the No. 2 seed.
Here’s the full bracket and schedule for this week’s Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament.
Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament 2017 bracket
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2017 Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament schedule
Wednesday, March 8 (First-round)
Game 1: No. 12 seed Massachusetts vs. No. 13 seed St. Joseph’s | 6 p.m. | ASN
Game 2: No. 11 seed Saint Louis vs. No. 14 seed Duquesne | 8:30 p.m. | ASN
Thursday, March 9 (Second-round)
Game 3: No. 8 seed La Salle vs. No. 9 seed Davidson | 12 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Game 4: No. 5 seed St. Bonaventure vs. Game 1 winner | 2:30 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Game 5: No. 7 seed George Mason vs. No. 10 seed Fordham | 6 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Game 6: No. 6 seed George Washington vs. Game 2 winner | 8:30 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Friday, March 10 (Quarterfinals)
Game 7: No. 1 seed Dayton vs. Game 3 winner | 12 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Game 8: No. 4 seed Rhode Island vs. Game 4 winner | 2:30 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Game 9: No. 2 seed VCU vs. Game 5 winner | 6 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Game 10: No. 3 seed Richmond vs. Game 6 winner | 8:30 p.m. | NBC Sports Network
Saturday March 11 (Semifinals)
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | 1 p.m. | CBS Sports Network
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner | 3:30 p.m. | CBS Sports Network
Sunday, March 10 (Championship game)
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner | 12:30 p.m. | CBS
Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament preview
Dayton went 15-3 in Atlantic 10 play to seize just its second regular season league championship, as it’ll open up against either La Salle or Davidson on Friday at noon ET. Meanwhile, VCU finished 14-4 in the conference, setting itself up for a duel with George Mason or Fordham. Below the Rams (14-4), Richmond and Rhode Island each went 13-5 against its A-10 foes, but the Spiders clinched the third seed because of their 11-point win over the Rams in late January.
Within the middle of the conference standings, St. Bonaventure leads the way with an 11-7 mark in the A-10. However, George Washington, who went 10-8 in conference play, appears to be one of the hottest team headed into the tournament, winning five consecutive games to wrap up its regular season. On the other hand, George Mason and LaSalle, who each boasted a 9-9 record in-conference, ended the campaign on a sour note; the Patriots lost four of their last five regular season games, and the Explorers didn’t do much better, either, dropping three of their last four.
Following those programs, Davidson holds the next best record in A-10 play at 8-10, but like many of the aforementioned schools, it’d need to win the tournament to receive a bid into March Madness. Last season, St. Joseph’s, Dayton and VCU all made it in. In the 2013-14 season, the conference also placed three schools (George Washington, Massachusetts, Saint Louis) into the bracket.
According to BracketMatrix.com, which weaves together predictions from numerous experts across various platforms to form a consensus bracket, Dayton and VCU will represent the conference in the NCAA tournament. The Flyers are projected to enter the Big Dance as a No. 7 seed, along with VCU notching a No. 9 seed. Additionally, Rhode Island is expected to be one of the first four teams out. If the Rams end up facing Dayton in the semifinals, though, as well as knocking them off, the A-10 should receive three tickets to the NCAA tournament.