Atlantic 10 Holds No. 7 Conference RPI

Rhode Island, which eked out a 2-point win over Duquesne this past Sunday, lost for the second time on the road -- a 68-61 upset at Saint Louis Thursday. The Atlantic 10 Conference's hold on seventh place RPI, among 31 leagues, is still strong. This report looks at the league story and lists, along with W-L records, each of the 14 teams' RPI & SOS (schedule strength) from CollegeRPI.com's data.

The difference between no. 7 Atlantic 10 and no. 8 Missouri Valley conferences grew by seven points, to 0.0058. For comparison, there are just 0.0034 points between the top two leagues, ACC and Pac-10.

See our earlier story for conference comparisons, as of yesterday. CollegeRPI.com is updated each day, which is why it's our chosen source for information.


The Rams picked up their only intra-conference win on Sunday against Duquesne via a clutch jump shot by junior Jimmy Baron with 3.2 seconds left.

URI entered last evening's game as the A-10's only nationally-ranked team that had not suffered a road loss this week -- (AP 14/18 ESPN) Dayton and Xavier (20/20) were upset Wednesday. Unfortunately for Rhode Island (23/21), this turned out to be true because they had yet to play.

DU fans are wondering, "What if?"

An interesting 10 days for the Billikens. The same team that scored just 20 points in last Thursday's loss at GW, on Saturday forced Dayton to overtime before the Flyers could keep their home winning streak alive with a 68-57 victory. Clearly, those 20 points were the aberration for SLU.

The agreement that brought Rich Majerus back to coaching was one of the reasons a number of media analysts predicted the Atlantic 10 would be stronger this season. The Billikens (10-7, 1-2 A-10) are catching up to those prognostications.

Three Atlantic 10 Conference teams are in the top 20 RPI (Dayton, Xavier and URI); Duquesne and Saint Joseph's make it five in the top 50. More than half of the league (8 teams) are in the top 100.

Earlier stories listed each team's overall strength of schedule (SOS). This report shows the non-conference SOS, which can be a deciding factor when the NCAA committee selects the last at-large teams.

Between the overall and non-conference figures, the overall is generally higher; good data to support the growing prosperity in this conference.

For example, Duquesne's overall SOS is 86, the non-conf. is 111. Even Temple, the epitome of scheduling difficulty, sees this result. The Owls' non-conference SOS is 9; overall it's number 3! For the Bonnies, it's plus-39 slots.

Yes Virginia, the Atlantic 10 is stronger this year.

There are five games Saturday, one a non-conference, Philly Big 5 matchup, and another Sunday. The schedule:

Saturday

Duquesne @ Fordham   2:00 p.m. FoxSports Pgh, 
                               CSTV reg.
Charlotte @ UMass    4:00 p.m. MASN  (Balt/DC)
La Salle @  Richmond 4:00 p.m. Comcast NE &
                               Phila. & MA
St. Joe's @ Penn     7:30 p.m. ** Philly Big 5 **
Xavier @ GW          8:00 p.m. Fox Sports Ohio

Sunday

Temple @ St. Louis   2:00 p.m. KPLR (MO),
                               Comcast NE & Phi.
                               Sportsnet NY


Atlantic 10 Standings
RPI & Strength of Schedule (SOS)
January 18, 2008


                                               Non-Con
RPI   Team             Conf  Overall   RPI #s  SOS
 95   Charlotte        2-0   11- 5     0.5463  153
 12   Dayton           2-1   14- 2     0.6390   73
 15   Xavier           2-1   14- 4     0.6277   12
 47   Saint Joseph's   2-1    9- 5     0.5831  103
128   Richmond         2-1    9- 7     0.5260  101
 21   Massachusetts    1-1   12- 4     0.6193   59
 44   Duquesne         1-1   11- 4     0.5871  111
 54   Temple           1-1    7- 8     0.5789    9
222   George Wash.     1-1    5- 7     0.4653  219
218   La Salle         1-1    6- 9     0.4668  206
 18   Rhode Island     1-2   15- 3     0.6227  137
115   Saint Louis      1-2   10- 7     0.5346  119
175   Fordham          1-2    7- 8     0.4947  193
264   St. Bonaventure  0-3    6-11     0.4350  296

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