Which Team Will Win the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Title?

February 27th, 2009

Xavier Musketeers (23-5, 11-3)
Games Left: Dayton, at Richmond
-The Musketeers figure to be a slight favorite over the Dayton Flyers who defeated them over two weeks ago in Dayton. They may be looking to avenge that loss but the Flyers are much improved this year and could pull the upset on the road. Richmond should be an easier task. They have the easiest road of the four teams and control their own destiny, unlike anyone else.

Rhode Island Rams (21-8, 10-4)
Games Left: at Duquesne, UMASS
-Rhode Island is the hottest team in the league, but Duquesne will present a challenge. They are a streaky team, just like Rhode Island, and traditionally play well at home against better foes. UMASS could also surprise the Rams if they are not careful.

Dayton Flyers (23-5, 9-4)
Games Left: Temple, at Xavier, Duquesne
-The next three games will determine just what the Flyers need to do to get in the NCAA tournament. A win in two of the last three would virtually assure the Flyers of an NCAA bid. However, Temple will be hungry to get back in the picture after the loss to LaSalle. Xavier will be aching to defeat them after being trounced by their rivals. Duquesne is dangerous and should not be overlooked. They need to win all three to have a chance.

Temple Owls (17-10, 9-4)
at Dayton, St. Joe’s, at GW
-Temple must win all three. Defeating Dayton, who has not lost at home, will be a monumental task. If that occurs, they will face a crestfallen St. Joe's team that once was in second place in the A-10 but has returned to the pack recently. That will be a tough game for both teams. GW is no cupcake to conclude the schedule but the most important games are the first two.