After a hot start, Atlantic 10 teams are dropping like flies in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Last night saw the St. Louis Billikens and Butler Bulldogs bow out, and the Temple Owls joined them when they fell this afternoon. The A-10 has slipped and is now 6-4 in The Dance after starting 6-0.
Following the exit of the VCU Rams yesterday afternoon, St. Louis was up next as they faced the #12 seed Oregon Ducks. The Pac 12 champs are clearly underseeded, and they came out on fire against the Billikens. In a game that was never that close, Oregon came away with a 74-57 win, ending the season for Jim Crews and St. Louis. Dwayne Evans scored 16 points and grabbed nine boards in the loss.
Next up was Butler, and their loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles was more of the heart-breaking variety. The Bulldogs held a 35-27 halftime lead before Marquette put together a great second-half rally to pick up a 74-72 win. Butler had a chance at the end of this one, but an Andrew Smith three-pointer was off the mark as time expired. First team All A-10 member Rotnei Clarke led the Bulldogs with 24 points.
Capping off the struggles for the A-10 was Temple, who led #1 seed Indiana for nearly the entire game this afternoon before faltering down the stretch. The Hoosiers were able to rally for a 58-52 win in Dayton, and they’ll now move on to the Sweet 16. Khalif Wyatt played through a thumb injury to lead all scorers with 31 points.
The lone Atlantic 10 team remaining in the Tournament is the 13-seed La Salle Explorers, who are currently taking on the Ole Miss Rebels. Tune in to TruTV now to see if the A-10 can move at least one team along to the Sweet 16.