13 March 2013

2013 Atlantic 10 Tournament Predictions

After an extended stay in the legendary Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the Atlantic 10 is riding the Garden State Parkway north, hooking a right onto Route 440 through Stalen Island and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn and will play its tournament at the Barclays Center for the new five years. How about that? And I haven't been to the Barclays Center but I have heard it is awesome, so there's that. Here are my predictions.

1st Round - March 14
#8 Richmond vs. #9 Charlotte (NBC Sports Network, 12:00)
Pick: Richmond

#5 Butler vs. #12 Dayton (NBCSN, 2:30)
Pick: Butler

#7 Xavier vs. #10 St. Joseph's (NBCSN, 6:30)
Pick: St. Joseph's

#6 UMass vs. #11 George Washington (NBCSN, 9:00)
Pick: George Washington

Quarterfinals - March 15
#1 Saint Louis vs. #8 Richmond (A-10 Network, 12:00)
The Spiders are not nearly as good enough offensively to crack a stout Billikens defense.
Pick: Saint Louis

#4 La Salle vs. #5 Butler (A-10 Network, 2:30)
I'm going to be honest, I do not love the Bulldogs this year and they have been a little too inconsistent for my taste. Plus, we all know what tournament they really care about.
Pick: La Salle

#2 VCU vs. #10 St. Joseph's (A-10 Network, 6:30)
Delonte West is not walking through that door, although that would be awesome.
Pick: VCU

#3 Temple vs. #11 George Washington (A-10 Network, 9:00)
The Colonials just do not have the gas for another upset, particularly against a rolling Temple club.
Pick: Temple

Semifinals - March 16
#1 Saint Louis vs. #4 La Salle (CBS Sports Network, 1:30)
When these two last played, SLU won by 23. Yeah, about that.
Pick: Saint Louis

#2 VCU vs. #3 Temple (CBSSN, 4:00)
We just saw what happened the last time these clubs played and with the Owls rolling, I'm not getting off that wagon.
Pick: Temple

Final - March 17
#1 Saint Louis vs. #3 Temple (CBS, 1:00)
But when the Billikens last played Temple, they lost by ten. And again, Temple is rolling.
Pick: Temple

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