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Bracket Bits: Will Atlantic-10 grab extra bids?

BRACKET BITS

Another crazy weekend. Consider the Atlantic-10: Temple upset Villanova, Xavier topped rival Cincinnati, and Rhode Island won at Boston College.  Of course, LaSalle got hammered at Kansas and St. Joe’s went ice-cold at Minnesota.  As for Dayton and Richmond, the Flyers and Spiders stayed out of the fray.  Which leads to an important question … how many extra at-large bids can the A-10 collect in March? 

On one hand, A-10 teams have posted additional noteworthy wins: Georgia Tech (Dayton), Louisville (Charlotte),  Mississippi State, Missouri (Richmond), Virginia Tech (Temple), Cincinnati (Xavier), and Creighton (Dayton, Xavier).   League teams are also 4-1 vs. the ACC.  But before we award bids too early, consider that A-10 teams have a losing record against every other BCS conference (0-1 vs. Pac 10).  Combined, teams from the Atlantic 10 are 13-28 vs. foes from the Big 6 conferences.  Now, when it comes to at-large selection, teams are officially evaluated on individual merit, not how the overall group performed.  But league vs. league records and conference RPI are available should a committee member ask.  Hard to say how each member views such data.

Several A-10 teams have played their way into at-large consideration.  Among the surprises are Richmond and Temple.  How many teams emerge will be determined by conference performance.  It would be far better for three or four teams to dominate the league than for five or six to be bunched together. 

Some other Bracket Bit takeaways from this past weekend …

  • New Mexico’s win over Texas A&M in Houston could pay big dividends.
  • Kansas State has the look of a dangerous team after thumping UNLV on the road.
  • Could Mississippi State be regaining some projected form?
  • Georgetown should be a factor in the Big East race (of course, we thought so last year, too).
  • Purdue won its first true road game at Alabama
  • Injuries and turnovers have left Louisville with major questions.
  • Butler saved some of its non-conference season by holding off Ohio State.
  • The Buckeyes hope Evan Turner heals quickly.
  • Kentucky is starting to look like a No. 1 seed.
  • Kansas has yet to be tested away from home (or by anyone).
  • Oklahoma has quietly started to rebound from a disasterous start.

More to come in the weekend look ahead.  As always, send a rebound.

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