The Atlantic 10 Conference Championship stretches from March 3 to March 14. 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.
The opening round of the tournament will air on ESPN+. NBCSN will broadcast the second and third rounds of the event before turning over coverage to CBSSN for the semifinals. The Atlantic 10 Conference championship game will air on CBS Sunday, March 14.
St. Bonaventure enters as the No. 1 seed but No. 3 according to bettors from DraftKings Sportsbook 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 KenPom.com rankings.
VCU (50 KenPom, 37 NET, +225 odds) and Saint Louis (41 KenPom, 50 NET, +245 odds) will also be mentioned for at-large bids, but no one is assured of anything without the golden ticket to The Big Dance this tournament provides.
Wednesday, March 3
Game 1: No. 13 St. Joesph’s 72-66 over No. 12 LaSalle
Game 2: No. 11 George Washington 53-49 over No. 14 Fordham
Thursday, March 4
Game 3: No. 9 Duquesne 67-62 over No. 8 Richmond
Game 4: No. 5 UMass 100-66 over No. 13 St. Joesph’s
Game 5: No. 7 Dayton 84-72 over No. 10 Rhode Island
Game 6: No. 6 George Mason 73-59 over No. 11 George Washington
Friday, March 5
Quarterfinal 1: No. 1 St. Bonaventure 75-59 over No. 9 Duquesne
Quarterfinal 2: No. 4 Saint Louis 86-72 over No. 5 UMass
Quarterfinal 3: No. 2 VCU 71-64 over No. 7 Dayton
Quarterfinal 4: No. 3 Davidson 99-67 over No. 6 George Mason, 5:30 p.m. ET, on NBCSN
Saturday, March 6
Semifinal 1: No. 1 St. Bonaventure 71-53 over No. 4 Saint Louis
Semifinal 2: No. 2 VCU 64-52 over No. 3 Davidson
Sunday, March 14
Championship: No. 1 St. Bonaventure 74-65 over No. 2 VCU
The Bonnies are back in the field of 68 for the first time since 2012. With five players scoring double digits, they also bring a Top 20 defense that can disrupt plenty of teams. It’s possible they’re seeded as the favored team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.