Massachusetts (23-7/13-3) earned a share of the regular season crown for the first time since winning the A-10 East Division in 1995-96. Led by senior forward Stephane Lasme, who leads the Conference in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and blocks (5.13 bpg), the Minutemen are vying for their first A-10 Championship since 1996.
George Washington (20-8/11-5) garnered the third seed with a mark of 11-5 in league action while reaching the 20-win mark for the third consecutive season. Rhode Island (17-13/10-6) and Fordham (17-11/10-6) tied for fourth at the end of the regular season, but URI earned the fourth seed by virtue of the league's tie-breaking procedures.
The opening round of the 31st Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship commences on Wednesday with four games. Eighth-seeded Dayton (18-11/8-8) meets ninth-seeded Charlotte (14-15/7-9) at noon, followed by No. 5 Fordham versus 12th-seeded Richmond (8-21/4-12). The second opening round session begins at 6:30 pm with Saint Louis (18-12/8-8), seeded seventh, squaring off against tenth-seed Duquesne (10-18/6-10). The final contest of the opening round matches sixth-seeded Saint Joseph's (17-13/9-7) against Temple (12-17/6-10), the 11th seed.
The Championship continues with quarterfinal round play on Thursday, March 8. Xavier opens quarterfinal round action at 12:00pm by facing the winner of the Dayton-Charlotte game. Then it's Rhode Island against either Fordham or Richmond at 2:30pm. The evening session of the quarterfinal round begins at 6:30pm with Massachusetts taking on the Saint Louis-Duquesne winner, while George Washington squares off against the Saint Joseph's-Temple victor in the nightcap.
Semifinal round play takes place on Friday, March 9, beginning at 6:30pm. The final round of the Atlantic 10 Championship will be played on Saturday, March 10. Tip-off is 6:00pm.
Tickets for the 2007 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office by calling 609-348-7000, at TicketMaster locations (800-736-1420) or online at www.ticketmaster.com.