Atlantic 10

Atlantic 10 basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Does VCU remain the conference favorite after UMass' 8-0 start?
Atlantic 10: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

The Atlantic 10 was one of the biggest losers in conference realignment. Losing Xavier, Temple and Butler robbed the league of three of its most high-profile and well-respected programs.

The A-10 may not have the stature it once did, but not all is lost at the top of the conference.

Thanks to surprising starts for Dayton and George Washington, the Atlantic 10 has scored early season wins over Gonzaga, New Mexico, Creighton and Virginia. At least five teams will enter conference play with hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

College Basketball: 2013-14 VCU Rams Preview

Havoc to reign again in Atlantic 10
College Basketball: 2013-14 VCU Preview

This preview and more on VCU and the Atlantic 10 are available in the Athlon Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preseason Annual. The magazine is available online or on newsstands everywhere.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: MWC, MVC, A-10 and more

The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14
<p> The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14.</p>

After Florida Gulf Coast reached the Sweet 16 and Wichita State reached the Final Four, teams outside of the college basketball power structure are starting to reach even footing. At least on the court.

Beyond the major surprises in the NCAA Tournament, this is an interesting time for mid-major programs. The Mountain West showed surprising depth last season, a trend that should continue as the league expands. Even though Creighton left the Missouri Valley and Temple, Xavier and Butler left the Atlantic 10, there’s plenty to watch in both leagues.

Ole Miss-La Salle sets up 2013's most unlikely NCAA Tournament pairing

After pair of upsets, Ole Miss and La Salle play for trip to the Sweet 16
<p> Ole Miss-La Salle sets up 2013's most unlikely NCAA Tournament pairing</p>

The Sweet 16 will feature either Ole Miss or La Salle.

Let that sink in a bit. Ole Miss and La Salle have been also-rans in their leagues for roughly a decade, and now one of them will reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Just to be clear, the fact that Ole Miss is a No. 12 seed and La Salle is a No. 13 is probably the least strange part about this round of 32 matchup:

NCAA Basketball: John Calipari's Top 20 All-Time Freshmen

From UMass to Kentucky, no one has coached freshmen quite like Cal
<p> College basketball: John Calipari's top 20 freshmen</p>

Even since his first season as a college head coach at UMass, John Calipari has thrived with freshmen. That season in 1988-89, Calipari had a rookie Jim McCoy, who averaged 19.8 points per game.

That freshman and that team didn’t resemble the recruiting empire Calipari built at Memphis and Kentucky where a glut of talented freshmen sign with Cal, win a ton of college games in one year and then go on to be NBA Draft picks.

2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament

Saint Louis tries to keep hot streak going against hungry A-10 field
<p> 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament</p>

March Madness is just getting started as the college basketball season shifts to the conference tournaments. Titles will be won, NCAA Tournament spots will be clinched or lost all over the country. Here’s what to watch in the Atlantic 10.