By Marc Lawrence — Talk about needing a road map. The Atlantic 10 Conference Championship stretches from March 3 to March 14 spanning four different venues.
The first round of games will take place at Siegel Center near VCU, with the second and third rounds played between there and the Robins Center near Richmond. The championship game will to be played at the University of Dayton Arena a week after the rest of the event.
The tournament will include all 14 teams within the conference, with the top-10 teams receiving a first-round bye. The top-four teams win an automatic bid to the quarterfinals.
Surprisingly, St. Bonaventure enters as the No. 1 seed, but No. 3 according to tourney odds at +375. They might still earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament even without a win in this event.
The Bonnies (13-4, 11-4 Atlantic 10) did lose on the last night of the regular season 55-52 at Dayton, but were No. 28 in the NCAA’s NET and 34 in Ken Pom’s rankings.
What you need to know today, though: Saint Joseph’s star guard Ryan Daly returned three games ago since being sidelined thumb injury and COVID related cancellations and scored 69 points.
The Hawks were 3-0 SUATS in those games.
From this week’s PlaybookSports.Com Basketball Newsletter: Given Louisville’s incredible 17 consecutive wins in it’s series against Virginia Tech, it’s time for another DIA DIA (dominating dog in action, doing it again) call Wednesday night.
And it doesn’t hurt knowing that the Hokies are 5-12 ATS at home in conference clashes when playing with 3 or more days of rest.
Fly redbirds, fly.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: From Victor King’s NBA Power Ratings & Day To Day Trends: The Indiana Pacers are 5-0 ATS in double one-day rest games versus division foes.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS at home when coming off consecutive road games.
You know what to do.