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A-10 Quarterfinal Preview

#1 Dayton Flyers vs. #9 Richmond Spiders

Previous Meeting
Mar. 1 @ Richmond – Dayton 85 Richmond 84

This will be the second time these two teams meet in a 10-day period. The Spiders were in control of the game going up by as much as 10 in the second half until Dayton’s offense got into a rhythm with the help of Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke. Dayton forward, Kendall Pollard will play despite not being 100 percent. Richmond is more than capable of pulling off the upset regardless of Pollard’s status. The Flyers have not been playing their best ball down the stretch but by winning a share of the regular season A-10 title, they can rest easy knowing that they will be in the NCAA Tournament win, lose or draw.

Richmond 77 Dayton 73

#4 Saint Joseph’s Hawks vs. #5 George Washington Colonials

Previous Meeting

Feb. 10 @ George Washington – St. Joe’s 84 GW 66

First of all, if George Washington loses, they will not lose by 18. I expect the game to be much closer. Both teams sport dynamic duos, GW with Pato Garino and Tyler Cavanaugh and St. Joseph’s with Isaiah Miles and A-10 Player of the Year DeAndre Bembry. With the Colonials on the bubble, they will likely be fighting for their tournament lives. This one has the makings of a good ole slobberknocker in what could be the game of the day.

St. Joseph’s 68 George Washington 64

#2 VCU Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen

Previous Meeting

Feb. 11 @ UMass – UMass 69 VCU 63

The Rams will look to scrub the taste out of their mouths after losing in Amherst in February in a game where they got outplayed. UMass was in complete control of their game against Rhody, but nearly coughed up the game yesterday against Rhode Island. UMass cannot afford to have that happen against VCU. Both teams will look to push the pace, but the fresher legs of VCU will likely get them the win.

VCU 76 Massachusetts 65

#3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. #6 Davidson Wildcats

Previous Meeting

Jan. 2 @ St. Bonaventure – St. Bonaventure 97 Davidson 85

This is my runner-up for best game of the day. Both teams love to score as they are in the top four in scoring offense in conference play. Both teams sport their own terrific trifectas with St. Bonaventure’s Marcus Posley, Dion Wright and Jaylen Adams and Davidson’s Jack Gibbs, Peyton Aldridge and Brian Sullivan averaging roughly 54 points per game. You can expect a shootout between these teams that could go either way. If the game gets physical, St. Bonaventure should have the advantage as Davidson is not a team known for getting physical. Should be a fun game to watch.

St. Bonaventure 86 Davidson 81

A-10 Semi-Final Games

#4 St. Joseph’s Hawks vs. #9 Richmond Spiders
#2 VCU Rams vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies

Who Will Make It to the A-10 Quarterfinals

#8 Fordham Rams vs. #9 Richmond Spiders

Previous Meetings
Jan. 10 @ Fordham – Richmond 93 Fordham 82
Feb. 13 @ Richmond – Richmond 71 Fordham 67

I like Richmond in this game. Richmond is one of my sleeper teams coming into this weekend’s tournament. Richmond has a high-powered offense that is more than capable of withstanding the defense of any Atlantic 10 team. While the Spiders have disappointed this season after their fourth place finish in the A-10 last season, the tournament could give them some new life as a win against the Rams could give them confidence going into a Friday afternoon game against the Dayton Flyers.

Richmond 82 Fordham 73

#5 George Washington Colonials vs. #13 Saint Louis Billikens

Previous Meeting
Feb. 6 @ Saint Louis – Saint Louis 65 George Washington 62

The Billikens come into today’s game with a win against the George Mason Patriots last night, 83-78. Even though they upset GW two months ago, I’m taking the Colonials in today’s game. George Washington head coach, Mike Lonergan will have his guys rested and ready to avenge their January loss. Kevin Larsen could have a big day against the Billikens in the post. Do not expect the Billikens to score 80 or more in back-to-back games as they are the second-to-worst team in the conference in scoring offense.

George Washington 78 Saint Louis 62

#7 Rhode Island Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen

Previous Meetings
Feb. 2 @ Massachusetts – Massachusetts 61 Rhode Island 56
Mar. 2 @ Rhode Island – Rhode Island 68 Massachusetts 50

This is one of the trickiest games to predict. While Rhode Island is the better team on paper, however how many guys on paper can play for them? You cannot help but to feel bad for them, since this was supposed to be their year at the top of the Atlantic 10. Rhody did defeat UMass last week with only seven guys getting quality minutes. Rhody has enough to beat UMass, but will they have enough in the tank at the end to do it is the question. UMass will look to play fast to try to wear down the Rams and the Rams will likely play at a slower pace. It will likely come down to which team can impose their style. The game could go either way, but I’m taking the Minutemen in a nail-biter.

UMass 74 Rhode Island 72

#6 Davidson Wildcats vs. #14 La Salle Explorers

Previous Meeting
Feb 10 @ Davidson – Davidson 79 La Salle 66

The gameplan for any team going against the Wildcats is simple, stop Jack Gibbs. Easier said than done. However, the Explorers did that in their last matchup limiting Gibbs to eight points, but they still lost. Think about what could happen if Jack Gibbs has a decent day. The same can be said for any team that oppose Davidson.

Davidson 87 La Salle 68

Friday Predictions

#1 Dayton Flyers vs. #9 Richmond Spiders
#4 St. Joseph’s Hawks vs. #5 George Washington Colonials
#2 VCU Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen
#3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. #6 Davidson Wildcats