A Look at the Atlantic 10 Entering Conference Play

Dec 15 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Rotnei Clarke (15) celebrates the victory over the Indiana Hoosiers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Butler defeats Indiana in overtime 88-86. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With non-conference play pretty much over and Atlantic 10 play starting this week, we figured now would be as good a time as any to see how teams are stacking up against their preseason projections thus far. Obviously all 16 teams have played non-conference schedules with varying degrees of difficulty, so some records may be inflated (or deflated), but this is the most accurate representation of the teams so far. Plus, as Bill Parcells said, “You are what your record says you are.” Let’s have a look:

As you can see, the biggest movers thus far are Charlotte and Saint Joseph’s. While Charlotte’s record is very impressive, their schedule to date has been pretty weak. Meanwhile, St. Joe’s has played a tough schedule and has actually logged a win versus a ranked team (Notre Dame, who was #20 at the time). So we should probably expect a correction in those two teams once conference play gets rolling. Temple and St. Louis also fall into that category – they’ve played a very challenging schedule so far and both have logged “signature” wins in the first halves of their respective seasons. Still, with the exception of these few outliers, it looks like the A-10 coaches were pretty perceptive.

Who do you expect to see moving around as conference play wears on? Let us know in the comments!

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