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Atlantic-10 finishes first round with perfect record

Quick, list the nation’s best conferences. Big 10. ACC. Big East … Atlantic 10?

Few might suggest that the mid-major conference actually tops the powerhouses on the overall college basketball supremacy charts, but the A-10 has certainly made a statement through the early NCAA tournament days. Its teams are 6-0 in the First Four and opening round, including two wins by No. 13 La Salle.

Per Patrick Stevens of USA Today/D1scourse/Whatever publication he’s writing for these days, this is kind of a big deal:


Here’s where the Atlantic 10 members stand for their second-round matchups:

Midwest: No. 4 St. Louis vs. No 12 Oregon (Saturday, 7:10 p.m. in San Jose)

West: No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (Sunday, TBA in Kansas City)

East: No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Marquette (Saturday, 7:45 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.)

No. 9 Temple vs. No. 1 Indiana (Sunday, TBA in Dayton, Ohio)

South: No. 5 VCU vs. No. 4 Michigan (Saturday, 12:15 p.m. in Auburn Hills, Mich.)

Purely based on matchups, the conference has a legitimate shot to place five teams in the Sweet Sixteen. Temple obviously has the toughest road, but Marquette struggled against Davidson and VCU’s “Havoc” defense always gives Coach Shaka Smart’s team a chance. One win would tie the A-10’s all-time record. Five would shatter it.

Check out the full Atlantic-10 history in the WaPo’s extensive NCAA tournament database here.

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