Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Tu Holloway (52) puts up a shot past Baylor Bears forward Quincy Miller (30) in the first half of the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

How Many Atlantic 10 Teams Will Make the NCAA Tournament?

Rhody fans know firsthand how stacked the Atlantic 10 is this year. With the additions of the Butler Bulldogs and VCU Rams, the conference is definitely looking at multiple NCAA Tournament berths this season. And even though Rhody fans have to wait a year or two before even thinking about the Big Dance, it’s hard not to ask… Just how many A-10 teams will land on the bracket in March? Let’s look at the top six contenders:

 

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Butler Bulldogs

Record: 21-5 (8-3)
RPI: 18
SOS: 58
KenPom Ranking: 52
Good Wins: Gonzaga, Indiana, North Carolina
Bad Losses: (none)

 

 

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Charlotte 49ers

Record: 18-7 (6-5)
RPI: 57
SOS: 95
KenPom Ranking: 113
Good Wins: Butler, La Salle
Bad Losses: George Washington, Richmond

 

 

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La Salle Explorers

Record: 18-6 (8-3)
RPI: 34
SOS: 73
KenPom Ranking: 45
Good Wins: Butler, VCU
Bad Losses: Central Connecticut State

 

 

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St. Louis Billikens

Record: 19-5 (8-2)
RPI: 46
SOS: 91
KenPom Ranking: 33
Good Wins: Butler, New Mexico
Bad Losses: Rhode Island, Washington

 

 

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Temple Owls

Record: 17-8 (6-5)
RPI: 51
SOS: 60
KenPom Ranking: 82
Good Wins: St. Louis, Syracuse
Bad Losses: Canisius, Duquesne, St. Bonaventure

 

 

Virginia Commonwealth Rams

Record: 21-5 (9-2)
RPI: 37
SOS: 85
KenPom Ranking: 18
Good Wins: Memphis
Bad Losses: Richmond

 

The way we see it, Butler, VCU, St. Louis, and La Salle are locks. There has been some debate about the Explorers, but their wins over both Butler and VCU have to put them in. Our thinking is that both Charlotte and Temple could both miss the tourney, but of those two, Temple might have the best shot. Yes, they have some bad losses, but they also have a few more signature wins than Charlotte, plus a higher RPI and a stronger schedule. A lot can happen to any of these teams between now and March 17th, and maybe even a seventh team (UMass?) can sneak into the mix.

What say you, Rhody fans? Who is going dancing from the A-10? Let us know in the comments!

Tags: Atlantic 10 Basketball Butler Bulldogs Charlotte 49ers La Salle Explorers St Louis Billikens Temple Owls Virginia Commonwealth Rams

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