Saint Louis Claims Top Seed for Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Saint Louis has claimed the regular season title and the top seed for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, which begins Wednesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Billikens captured their second consecutive regular season title outright with a 13-3 conference record and will receive a bye to the quarterfinals.
VCU is the second seed and will also receive a bye into the quarterfinals. The Rams finished 12-4 in league play. George Washington and Saint Joseph’s tied for third place at 11-5. GW defeated the Hawks during the regular season, giving the Colonials the tiebreaker advantage and the No. 3 Seed. Saint Joseph’s will be seeded fourth to claim the final quarterfinal bye.
No. 5 Dayton finished at 10-6 and tied with Massachusetts. The Flyers won the regular season matchup with UMass and claim the head-to-head tiebreaker, making Dayton the fifth seed and the Minutemen No. 6. Richmond finished at 8-8 and will be seeded seventh, just ahead of 7-9 La Salle at No. 8. St. Bonaventure is 6-10 and will be the No. 9 seed. Duquesne and Rhode Island tied at 5-11, and Duquesne earns the No. 10 seed and Rhode Island is No. 11 based on head-to-head results.
George Mason and Fordham are No. 12 and 13 respectively and will square off in the championship’s opening round Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. The Mason/Fordham winner advances to play No. 5 Dayton at 2:30 pm on Thursday. No. 8 La Salle and No. 9 St. Bonaventure tip off the Thursday first round at noon. No. 7 Richmond faces No. 10 Duquesne at 6:30 pm Thursday. Sixth-seeded UMass and No. 11 Rhode Island play in Thursday’s final game at 9:00 pm.
The La Salle/Bona winner advances to face No. 1 Saint Louis at Noon Friday in the quarterfinals. The winner between Dayton and the Mason/Fordham game will face No. 4 Saint Joseph’s at 2:30 in the quarterfinals. Second-seeded VCU plays the Richmond/Duquesne winner at 6:30 pm Friday and third-seeded GW faces the Massachusetts/Rhody winner at 9 pm Friday.
The semifinals will be played Saturday at 1:30 and 4:00 pm and the championship final will tip off on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
Every game of the first round, quarterfinals, semifinals and final will air on live television. The first round will be carried by NBCSN and selected regional affiliates (the regional games will also be streamed on Atlantic10.com). The quarterfinals will all air on NBCSN. CBS Sports Network will carry the semifinals, and CBS will again air the championship game as part of the network’s Selection Sunday coverage.
Tickets for the championship can be purchased through Ticketmaster, Atlantic10.com, BarclaysCenter.com or at the Barclays Center Box Office.