We’ve already discussed the struggles of the Atlantic 10 this season.
Wednesday, the conference hopefully hit rock bottom. Because if it gets much worse than this, we may be looking at a one bid league.
The conference went a dismal 2-8 last night, highlighted by a 1-3 performance from the league’s top four teams.
Temple bounced back from an ugly performance at the Old Spice Classic with a 65-53 win over Central Michigan, but one win over a MAC opponent doesn’t do much to erase the issues the Owls have. This is an offensively challenged team. No one is averaging more than 10.7 ppg, and their two best players — Juan Fernandez and Lavoy Allen — are not capable of creating their own shots. Temple needs Rahlir Jefferson and Ramone Moore to develop into guys that can go and get 10 or 12 ppg.
Xavier finally got burned after playing with fire all season long, losing to Miami OH 75-64 last night. The Musketeers barely hung on the beat Western Michigan and IPFW, and if it wasn’t for Tu Holloway’s tremendous play this young season, Xavier would be in a lot of trouble. Injuries and eligibility issues have sapped this of their depth, and unless a guy like Jay Canty can improve by leaps and bounds, the Muskies look like they may be in some serious trouble.
In Dayton, things looked bad for the Flyers when they were drubbed by 34 points by a mediocre Cincinnati team. Things got worse last night, as Dayton dropped a 73-68 decision to East Tennessee State. And this was supposed to be a tournament team?
At least Richmond has the out that they lost on the road to a good team. Old Dominion, who won last night 77-70, has beaten Clemson, Xavier, and now Richmond, and their only loss is by three to Georgetown. But the Spiders already have a road loss to Iona, and who knows if that win over Purdue will look as good as it does right now come March.
Part of the problem here is that the A-10 struggling in the non-conference gives the league a lower overall profile. Wins in conference are not going to make up as much ground as they did last season.
Can the A-10 turn it around?