The Xavier Musketeers edged Temple to win the regular season Atlantic 10 title by game and will enter the A-10 tournament as the #1 seed. Temple, Richmond & Duquesne finished #2-4 and along with Xavier have all earned a first round bye. This is the fourth time in the last five years that Xavier has entered the A-10 tourney as the top seed, but Temple has ended up winning it for the past three years. This season, Temple is seeking its conference record 10th A-10 tourney title.
The first round takes place at the campus of the higher seeds on Tuesday, but both of the Philly schools in the first round will have to go on the road. #10 seeded La Salle will head to Western New York to face St. Bonaventure. St. Joe's, who was the last team to qualify for the A-10 tournament will head to the nation's capital to face #5 seed George Washington.
The tournament then shifts to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday for the quarterfinals. Temple is set to face the winner of the La Salle/ St Bonnies game, so we have the potential of an all Philly quarterfinal matchup. Should St. Joe's get by GW, they'll have #4 seed Duquesne.
Tuesday, March 8
First Round - Campus Sites
#10 La Salle at #7 St. Bonaventure - 5:00 p.m.
#12 Saint Joseph's at #5 George Washington - 7:00 p.m.
#11 Saint Louis at #6 Rhode Island - 7:00 p.m.
#9 Dayton at #8 Massachusetts - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 11
Quarterfinals - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City, N.J.
Game 5 - #1 Xavier vs. #8/#9 winner - 12:00 p.m.
Game 6 - #4 Duquesne vs. #5/#12 winner - 2:30 p.m.
Game 7 - #2 Temple vs. #7/#10 winner - 6:30 p.m.
Game 8 - #3 Richmond vs. #6/#11 winner - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
Semifinals - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City, N.J.
Game 9 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner - 1:00 p.m.
Game 10 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 14
Finals - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City, N.J.
Game 11 - Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10 - 1:00 p.m.