Atlantic 10 (3)
The A-10 has three very good teams and not much else. Temple is down which left the door open for some new teams to make an impact.
Xavier (19-4, 10-1)
Key Players: F David West, G Romain Sato
Good Wins: Purdue, Cincinnati, Creighton, Dayton
Good Losses: Stanford, Mississippi State, Alabama
Bad Losses: Richmond
Outlook: Xavier is in. The Musketeers have a number of good wins and their losses have come against quality opponents. They started the season slow, but have been playing great basketball as of late.
Dayton (19-4, 11-1)
Key Players: G Brooks Hall, F Keith Walekowski
Good Wins: Marquette
Good Losses: Duke, Xavier
Bad Losses: Miami (OH), Saint Louis
Outlook: Dayton is all but assured of a spot in the Dance. They have a great RPI despite only having one quality win.
St. Joseph's (18-4, 8-3)
Key Players: G Delonte West, G Jameer Nelson
Good Wins: Boston College, Gonzaga
Good Losses: Dayton
Bad Losses: Pacific, George Washington
Outlook: The Hawks are going to be tough to keep out of the NCAA Tournament as well. Baring a big collapse, St. Joe's will be in. They lack a very good win and a loss to Pacific never looks good.
Rhode Island (15-8, 7-5)
Key Players: G Dustin Hellenga, G Brian Woodward
Good Wins: USC, St. Joe's, Providence
Good Losses: Pitt, Xavier, Kent State
Bad Losses: Buffalo, St. Boniventure
Outlook: The only thing keeping these guys in their record. The Rams have a couple of good wins, but too many bad losses have their RPI too low to get in without a A-10 Tournament championship.
Atlantic Sun (1)
This conference has a pair of decent teams, but only the tournament champion will get in.
Troy State (19-5, 10-2)
Key Players: G Ben Fletcher, G Rob Lewin
Good wins: Arkansas
Good Losses: Auburn, Georgia Tech
Bad Losses: Central Florida, Mercer
Outlook: The class of the conference, they will be the favorite in the conference tournament. Despite a great record, they have no shot at an At-Large
Mercer (18-5, 10-2)
Good Wins: Troy State
Good Losses: Florida State, Iowa State
Bad Losses: Harvard
Outlook: Mercer has played well, but despite an 18-win season, they will need to win the tournament to get in.
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