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WATCH: Five Atlantic 10 games on NBCSN highlight terrific weekend of hoops

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There is an absolutely loaded slate of Atlantic 10 action on NBCSN this weekend.

As it stands, Saint Louis is currently sitting all alone in first place in the conference at 5-0 with five teams just a game back of the Billikens, who beat St. Joseph’s on Friday night.

Four of those five teams will be in action on NBCSN, including Dayton, who pays a visit to St. Bonaventure in what is the game of the day. The action heats up in Olean, N.Y., at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, after Richmond visits Davidson and URI takes on La Salle and right before UMass heads south to Richmond to pay a visit to VCU and the Siegel Center.

VCU, like Davidson, is a game out of first place.

On Sunday, the fourth second-place team will be in action, as Duquesne treks through the snow to the Smith Center to pay a visit to George Washington.

Here is the full schedule:

RICHMOND at DAVIDSON, Sat. 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)
RHODE ISLAND at LA SALLE, Sat. 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)
DAYTON at ST. BONAVENTURE, Sat. 4:30 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)
UMASS at VCU, Sat. 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)
DUQUESNE at GEORGE WASHINGTON, Sun. 4:00 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)

Bracketology: All Hail the Wolverines

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With Duke’s home loss to Syracuse, and with the status of Blue Devils’ point guard Tre Jones uncertain following a shoulder injury, Michigan climbs the final rung on the latest Seed List ladder.

The Wolverines hold the No. 1 overall position in today’s bracket, followed closely by Virginia and Tennessee.

The real debate involved the fourth No. 1 seed position.

One could make a compelling case for Duke, Kansas, or Michigan State.

The Blue Devils were without two of their primary players for much of the loss to Syracuse.

In the end, however, the Jayhawks’ eight Group 1 wins, plus victories over both Tennessee and Michigan State, proved to be the difference.

UPDATED: January 17, 2019

EAST REGION VCU vs. Pittsburgh
WEST REGION Texas vs. Arizona State
SOUTH REGION Norfolk State vs. Prairie View
EAST REGION Sam Houston vs. UMKC

SOUTH Louisville   EAST – Washington, DC          
Columbus Columbia
8) NC State 8) Kansas State
9) Mississippi State 9) Minnesota
Salt Lake City Des Moines
5) Florida State 5) VILLANOVA
12) LIPSCOMB 12) VCU / Pittsburgh
4) Marquette 4) Maryland
Des Moines Jacksonville
6) Nebraska 6) Indiana
11) SAINT LOUIS 11) Arizona
3) HOUSTON 3) Kentucky
Jacksonville Tulsa
7) LSU 7) Auburn
10) TCU 10) Syracuse
2) Duke 2) Texas Tech
15) RIDER 15) UTSA
WEST – Anaheim MIDWEST – Kansas City
Tulsa Columbia
8) Purdue 8) Ohio State
9) St. John’s 9) Seton Hall
Hartford San Jose
5) Iowa 5) Louisville
12) Texas / Arizona State 12) MURRAY STATE
4) North Carolina 4) Oklahoma
San Jose Hartford
6) Iowa State 6) BUFFALO
11) WOFFORD 11) Temple
3) NEVADA 3) Virginia Tech
Salt Lake City Columbus
7) Wisconsin 7) Ole Miss
10) Cincinnati 10) WASHINGTON
2) GONZAGA 2) Michigan State

Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN      First 4 OUT Next 4 OUT
TCU Texas Butler Clemson
Cincinnati Arizona State UCF San Francisco
Temple VCU Florida Fresno State
Arizona Pittsburgh Alabama Dayton

TOP SEED LINE: Michigan is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Virginia, Tennessee, and Kansas

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 10 (10): MICHIGAN, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, Ohio State, Minnesota

ACC (9): VIRGINIA, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh

SEC (6): TENNESSEE, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State

BIG 12 (6): KANSAS, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Iowa State, TCU, Texas

Big East (4): VILLANOVA, Marquette, Seton Hall, St. John’s

American (3): HOUSTON, Cincinnati, Temple

Pac 12 (3): WASHINGTON, Arizona, Arizona State

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

Atlantic 10 (2): SAINT LOUIS, VCU

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), UTSA (C-USA), Georgia State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Weber State (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Sam Houston (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Lipscomb (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Radford (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), UMKC (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Lehigh (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)

WATCH: A full slate of Atlantic 10 action on NBCSN, headlined by Saint Louis-La Salle

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There is a fun slate of Atlantic 10 games on the NBCSN airwaves this weekend, and it will kick off with a game that I will be doing sideline reporting for: Saint Louis at La Salle.

Now, Saint Louis is a pretty good team this season. They’ve beaten Butler and Oregon State at home and won at Seton Hall. I’m not sure that it is going to be enough to get them into the NCAA tournament bubble picture come Selection Sunday, but as of today, they are one of the First Four Out, according to the resident NBC Sports bracketologist Dave Ommen.

La Salle is no pushover. Since Saul Phiri returned to the lineup, the Explorers have won three of four after losing their first ten games of the season, and with the addition of Jack Clark, who is coming off of an ACL tear, they suddenly have positional size and versatility. The things that new head coach Ashley Howard has been preaching are starting to sink in. This is a dangerous team with a chance to win some games in this league.

Sunday will feature two games, as UMass pays a visit to Dayton and George Mason will head to Kingston to take on Rhode Island.

All in all, it is a fun slate of games.

Here is the full schedule, with links to where they can be streamed:

SAINT LOUIS at LA SALLE, Sat. 6:00 p.m. (stream)
UMASS at DAYTON, Sun. 3:30 p.m. (stream)
GEORGE MASON at RHODE ISLAND, Sun. 5:30 p.m. (stream)

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WATCH: Live Atlantic 10 action on NBCSN this weekend

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There is a full slate of Atlantic 10 basketball on NBCSN this weekend, featuring a number of the top teams in the conference as well as a couple of potential future pros.

The best game on the slate is Duquesne at Davidson, as a pair of 9-4 A-10 title contenders square off in Steph Curry’s old stomping grounds on Saturday evening. George Mason has been much improved of late after a slow start to the season, and they’ll cap off a triple-header on Sunday when they host St. Bonaventure.

Dayton, Saint Joseph’s and a surprising UMass team will all be in action as well.

Here is the full schedule of games:

LA SALLE at UMASS, Sat. 1:00 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)

DUQUESNE at DAVIDSON, Sat. 6:00 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)

RICHMOND at DAYTON, Sun. 12:00 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)

GEORGE WASHINGTON at SAINT JOSEPH’S, Sun. 2:00 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)

ST. BONAVENTURE at GEORGE MASON, Sun. 4:00 p.m. (NBCSN) (stream)

VIDEO: Dayton’s Obi Toppin throws down between-the-legs dunk during a game

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Dayton’s Obi Toppin arrived at school with the reputation for being one of the best dunkers in high school hoops.

And that was before he threw down an Eastbay during a game: