#1 Dayton Flyers vs. #9 Richmond Spiders
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
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
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
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