Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Atlantic Ten Power Rankings

Here are my Atlantic Ten power rankings heading into this week's matchups.

Atlantic Ten Power Rankings

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Butler and La Salle are the top two teams in this week´s Atlantic 10 Power Rankings. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)
Butler and La Salle are the top two teams in this week's Atlantic 10 Power Rankings. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

Here are my Atlantic Ten power rankings heading into this week's matchups.

1. Butler (20-4, 7-2).  Saturday’s 59-56 victory over George Washington enabled the 14th-ranked Bulldogs to become to the 19th Butler teams to record at least 20 victories in a season.

2. La Salle (16-6, 6-3).  The Explorers made a school-record trying 18 three-pointers in Saturday’s 89-53 rout of Fordham. The 18 three-pointers are most by a Division I team since Longwood made 20 against Virginia Military Institute on Dec. 20, 2011.

3. Virginia Commonwealth (19-5, 7-2). The Rams forced 17 turnovers in Saturday’s 68-61 win at Charlotte to improve to 19-0 when forcing 15 or more turnovers.

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4. St. Louis (18-5, 7-2). The Billikens won their sixth game in a row by holding Richmond to 23.3 percent shooting in Saturday’s 56-46 decision.

5. Massachusetts (16-6, 6-3). The Minutemen are 11-1 this season when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.

6. Xavier  (13-9, 6-3). The Musketeers are second in the A-10 in scoring defense (61.5 points per game) and third in field-goal percentage defense (40.8).

7. Temple (16-7, 5-4). The Owls are on their first winning streak since notching back-to-back victories on Jan. 12 and 16.

8.  George Washington (11-11, 5-4).  The Colonials came close to pulling off a huge come-from-behind upset in front of a home sellout against Butler on Saturday.

9. Richmond (14-10, 4-5). The Spiders had their five-game home winning streak snapped in Saturday’s setback to St. Louis. Richmond is still 12-2 at home.

10. Charlotte (17-6, 5-4).  The 49ers have lost two straight and four of their last six games.

11. St. Bonaventure (11-11, 4-5).  Eric Mosley scored 21 points to lead the Bonnies to their third A-10 road win of the season in Saturday’s 67-61 victory at Rhode Island.

12. Dayton (13-10, 3-6). The Flyers have lost three of their last four games with their lone victory being Wednesday’s 60-54 decision over St. Joe’s.

13. St. Joe’s  (13-9, 4-5). What happened to the Hawks? St.Joe’s has lost two straight after an emotional home victory over Temple on Feb. 2.

14. Fordham (6-18, 2-7). The Rams ranks last in the conference in scoring defense (76.6 points) and scoring margin (-11.3 points).

15. Rhode Island (6-16, 1-8). Rhody has lost six straight and nine of its last 11 games.

16. Duquesne (7-16, 0-9). It’s hard to believe the Dukes once a 4-3 record. Since then, Duquesne is 3-11 with 11 consecutive setbacks.

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