A-10 Tournament 2014: Bracket, TV Schedule, Dates, Live Stream Info

Sterling XieCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2014

Can anyone stop Jordair Jett and Saint Louis?
Can anyone stop Jordair Jett and Saint Louis?Associated Press

The 2014 Atlantic 10 tournament has a new look, featuring 13 teams after years of conference realignment. However, the stakes remain high, as the conference could receive as many as six or as few as three bids to the NCAA tournament.

Thus, there will inevitably be some early contests that serve as de facto elimination games, making for high drama in one of the best mid-major conferences in the country. For those looking to catch all the action, check out the full TV and streaming information below:

Atlantic 10 Tournament Bracket and TV Schedule
Game No.TeamsDateTime (ET)TV InfoLive Stream
1No. 12 George Mason vs. No. 13 FordhamWed, March 127 p.m.TBDN/A
2No. 8 La Salle vs. No. 9 St. BonaventureThu, March 13NoonRegionalN/A
3No. 5 Dayton vs. G1 WinnerThu, March 132:30 p.m.NBCSNNBC Sports Live Extra
4No. 7 Richmond vs. No. 10 DuquesneThu, March 136:30 p.m.NBCSNNBC Sports Live Extra
5No. 6 UMass vs. No. 11 Rhode IslandThu, March 139 p.m.RegionalN/A
6No. 1 Saint Louis vs. G2 WinnerFri, March 14NoonNBCSNNBC Sports Live Extra
7No. 4 Saint Joseph's vs. G3 WinnerFri, March 142:30 p.m.NBCSNNBC Sports Live Extra
8No. 2 VCU vs. G4 WinnerFri, March 146:30 p.m.NBCSNNBC Sports Live Extra
9No. 3 George Washington vs. G5 WinnerFri, March 149 p.m.NBCSNNBC Sports Live Extra
10G6 Winner vs. G7 WinnerSat, March 151:30 p.m.CBSSNCBS Sports
11G8 Winner vs. G9 WinnerSat, March 154 p.m.CBSSNCBS Sports
12G10 Winner vs. G11 WinnerSun, March 161 p.m.CBSCBS Sports
via Atlantic10.com

Here's a visual look at the bracket, courtesy of Atlantic10.com.

So what should fans watch out for at the A-10 tourney? Here are the storylines and players to keep an eye on, as well as a prediction for the conference champion.

 

Bubble Teams

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 7: Guard Langston Galloway #10 of the St. Joseph's Hawks drives to the basket against the VIllanova Wildcats on December 7, 2013 at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The A-10 currently features a trio of bubble teams: George Washington, Saint Joseph's and Dayton.

Of those three, the Colonials are undoubtedly in the best position. It might actually be a stretch to even say they are truly on the bubble. With an RPI of 25, per ESPN's Joe Lundari, and quality wins over Creighton and VCU, a win over sixth-seeded Massachusetts in the quarterfinals would likely punch George Washington's ticket.

Conversely, Dayton has vacillated between the last four in and first four out for the past few weeks. Some, like Yahoo!'s Brad Evans, see the Flyers as currently in the field, though with little margin for error:

Dayton's first game against Duquesne will not move the needle with the selection committee, so the Flyers might need to beat St. Joe's to feel better about their chances. The Rams handled the Flyers in Ohio, 80-66, back on Jan. 22, though Dayton was in the midst of a four-game losing streak that represented the low point of its season.

St. Joe's is the trickiest case. Despite being the second seed, the Hawks are burdened down by a trio of bad losses to Temple, Richmond and La Salle. Phil Martelli's squad missed a golden opportunity to effectively cinch a berth with a loss to George Washington and might need a win over Saint Louis in the semifinals to avoid sweating out Selection Sunday.

 

Top Players

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23:  Jordair Jett #5 of the Saint Louis Billikens drives against Ben Carter #32 and Johnathan Loyd #10 of the Oregon Ducks in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at HP Pavilion on March
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In an oddity, the conference's top five scorers are all from bottom-half teams unlikely to make much noise. Langston Galloway of Saint Joseph's is one of the few players from a contending team capable of taking over offensively. As Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis notes, the senior guard has had one of the best careers in school history:

He has done it rather quietly, but Saint Joseph's senior guard Langston Galloway is about to close out one of the best careers in the history of that storied program. He has already set the school's all-time record for made threes in a career (319 and counting), and he will finish third on the all-time scoring list behind Jameer Nelson and Bernard Blunt. 

Galloway is far from the only dynamic guard in the conference, however. The Billikens emerged with a 64-62 win over UMass Sunday after Jordair Jett hit the game-winner, with Minutemen guard Chaz Williams missing at the buzzer. The finish may have been a fitting symbolic preview of how the conference's Player of the Year award race will end:

The senior Jett has broken out after three relatively anonymous seasons, and his ability to both facilitate the offense and score efficiently has kept Saint Louis' offense afloat. The Billikens win with defense, and while Jett contributes on that end with 1.5 steals per game, he is vital to Saint Louis scoring effectively against tougher tournament defenses.

Meanwhile, Williams has had the green light all year in Amherst, attempting a team-high 12 shots per game, including 4.4 threes per game. Williams is not the most efficient scorer, shooting just 39.9 percent on the season, but with nine 20-point games, he is explosive enough to change a game's complexion.

 

Prediction

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Saint Louis stands out as the clear-cut favorite, but it will face some stiff challenges during the tournament. The Billikens will likely need to play two of George Washington, VCU, UMass or St. Joe's. Jett's game-winner salvaged a tough recent stretch, as Saint Louis had lost its previous three contests.

Thus, the top seed has shown vulnerability after surging into the Associated Press Top 10 in February. With VCU and UMass standing as likely NCAA tournament locks, the two squads could serve notice as trendy dark horses with an upset over the Billikens. 

Still, Saint Louis' stifling defense is a weapon few in the conference can crack. None of the aforementioned teams ranks in the top 50 in offensive efficiency, per KenPom.com. Of the five teams to defeat the Billikens, three have fit that criteria.

That's not to say the tournament is a coronation for Saint Louis, as the Billikens have not shown the recent form necessary to make them overwhelming favorites. Still, when evaluating the entire regular-season body of work, Saint Louis is clearly the best team and should win the A-10 tournament.