George Washington beats Dayton tonight and further muddies the bubble situation from the Atlantic 10. Richmond, GW, and Xavier are all fighting for bids. It’s possible two of them will get in. It’s possible none of them will get in. But it’s most likely that one and only one will get a bid. Whomever finishes 2nd in the A-10 West should get the bid. Here’s how the conference standings look now:
Team/Record (Remaining games)
Dayton/10-2 (@#57 Xavier, vs. #154 LaSalle, vs. #93 Rhode Island, @ #179 Duquesne)
GW/9-3 (@ #179 Duquesne, vs. #43 Richmond, @ #57 Xavier, @ #154 LaSalle)
Richmond/7-5 (vs. #154 LaSalle, @#93 Rhode Island, @#62 GW, vs. #141 UMass)
Xavier/6-5 (vs. #38 Dayton, @#187 St. Bonny, vs. #179 Duquesne, vs. #62 GW, @#79 Temple)
The schedule favors Richmond a little, but they have two games to make up on GW. No doubt the February 28th game between Richmond and GW will have major at-large implications. If Richmond wins and can pull into a tie with GW for 2nd, they’ll get first dibs on an at-large spot assuming they win their first round game in the A-10 tourney. If GW wins, they’ll probably need to have won their other remaining regular season games to get a bid. Their RPI rank is 62, and it won’t get much better if another loss is thrown in there.