Atlantic 10 Championship Bracket Announced
March 4, 2018
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Rhode Island, which won the regular season title with a 15-3 conference record, will be the No. 1 seed for next week’s Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Capital One Arena in Washington. The 14-team tournament begins Wednesday with the championship final set for Sunday, March 11.
All five days of the championship will be televised. Stadium will air Wednesday’s first-round games while NBCSN will carry the entire second round Thursday and all four quarterfinal matchups Friday. CBS Sports Network will air the semifinals Saturday at 1:00 and 3:30 pm. The championship final is set for 1:00 pm on CBS Sports as part of their annual Selection Sunday coverage.
In addition to Rhode Island, second-seeded St. Bonaventure (14-4), No. 3 Davidson (13-5) and No. 4 Saint Joseph’s (10-8) earned byes into the quarterfinal round of the championship. Rhode Island plays at noon on Friday, followed by Saint Joseph’s at 2:30 pm. The Bonnies open the evening session at 6:00 pm and Davidson will close out the quarterfinals at 8:30 pm.
Seeds five through 10 earn byes into the second round and will play Thursday on NBCSN. George Mason (9-9) is seeded fifth and will play the winner of No. 12 La Salle (7-11) and No. 13 Massachusetts (5-13) at 2:30 pm Thursday. La Salle and UMass will meet Wednesday in the first round at 6:00 pm on Stadium.
No. 6 Saint Louis (9-9) will open play Thursday at 8:30 pm against the winner of the late first-round game between No. 11 George Washington (7-11) and No. 14 Fordham (4-14). The Colonials and Rams game will tip off at 8:30 pm on Wednesday on Stadium.
Seventh-seeded Richmond (9-9) will play 10-seeded Duquesne at 6:00 pm on Thursday in the second round, with the winner playing No. 2 St. Bonaventure. No. 8 VCU (9-9) faces No. 9 Dayton (8-10) at noon on Thursday for the right to play Rhode Island in the quarterfinals.
Two tiebreakers were necessary in the seeding for the Championship. George Mason, Saint Louis, Richmond and VCU are all tied at 9-9. The multi-team tiebreaker separated out the fifth-seeded Patriots and eight-seeded VCU. The Billikens and Spiders reverted to the head-to-head tiebreaker, with SLU beating Richmond twice during the regular season. The multi-team tiebreaker also was needed to separate Duquesne, George Washington and La Salle, which are tied at 7-11.
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