We’re five games into Rhody’s Atlantic 10 schedule, so let’s look around the conference and see how other teams are stacking up to URI’s 5-0 start.
Davidson – The Wildcats are 4-1 in conference play and their one loss was at Richmond. Their offensive firepower will be something to keep an eye on.
Dayton – The Flyers are 3-2 in conference and they could cause future problems for the Rhode Island Rams. They won by double digits at home over St. Bonaventure and dropped 106 for a blowout win at home over VCU. However, they lost unexpectedly at Duquesne and vs Massachusetts.
Duquesne – While serving as the surprised of the league thus far, the Dukes are off to a 4-1 start in conference games. Their home win vs Dayton showed some promise, but their road loss at VCU showed that Keith Dambrot’s team might not be ready to be at the top of the conference just yet. With two games remaining against St. Bonaventure and road games at Dayton and at URI, time will tell what this team is truly made of.
Fordham – The Rams are 1-4 in the Atlantic 10. Their one win was at home vs Richmond and their losses have all been ugly. Fordham could potentially finish last in the conference.
George Mason – The Patriots are currently 3-2 in conference play and their wins have continually come as a result of Otis Livingston’s heroics. URI handled the Patriots at home.
George Washington – The Colonials are in the basement of the league with the other teams that have gone 1-4 in conference. This team’s disappointing performances are expected due to the relatively young roster that they possess. URI rolled over the Colonials on the road.
La Salle – After producing decent non-conference results, La Salle could potentially be the most disappointing team in A-10 play. Currently at 1-4 in the standings, the Explorers are searching for answers. They haven’t played well without B.J. Johnson, and ever since their 12-point road loss at URI, they’ve sliding downwards.
Richmond – After horrendous performances throughout non-conference play, Spiders fans have repeatedly asked for Chris Mooney to be fired. But the Spiders are now a surprising 2-3 in the A-10. They should be no problem for a team like URI but their roster of young talent could upset a team that takes them for granted.
St. Bonaventure – After all of the preseason hype, the Bonnies have not held up their end of the bargain. Mark Schmidt’s team is hanging on to their opportunity to remain in contention of attaining an at-large bid into the 2018 NCAA Tournament. While sitting at 2-3 in the A-10, they have lost by 10 at Dayton, by seven at Saint Joseph’s, and by 14 at URI. Bonaventure may not be what everyone made them out to be.
Saint Louis – After an impressive neutral court victory over Virginia Tech in the 2K Classic, the Billikens have disappointed in conference play. Given a short bench due to injuries and suspensions, Travis Ford’s team is grasping for air.
Saint Joseph’s – The Hawks have been a pain in the side of a couple of the Atlantic 10’s preseason favorites. Although SJU has lost at George Washington, George Mason, and UMass, they pulled huge upsets over St. Bonaventure and VCU on their home floor. Luckily, URI gets to play Phil Martelli’s team at the Ryan Center.
UMass – Matt McCall’s team has been a pleasant surprise for the A-10. Originally picked to finish towards the bottom of the conference, the Minutemen are 3-2 in conference games. They have two games on their schedule against URI to show how far they’ve come.
VCU – VCU may be holding serve at home when a conference opponent comes into town but they’ll need to get better on the road fast if they want any realistic hope for an at-large bid. Mike Rhoades’ team has three conference wins and losses at Saint Joseph’s and Dayton. If VCU continues to play the way that they did at Dayton, their fans will be sorely disappointed this season. When URI comes into town on February 2, both teams should be ready for a rock fight.