There was a logjam atop the Atlantic 10 standings for much of the regular season as VCU, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton, St Bonaventure and even George Washington jockeyed for position inside those top five spots. All that means is that betting value is ripe for the picking in the conference tournament futures board.
VCU is the favorite to win the tournament at online shop Sportsbook at +200. The Rams have lost only four conference games this season (14-4), but two of those defeats came to bottom-third programs Massachusetts and George Mason.
Saint Joseph’s currently have a 13-5 conference record but come in at +500 on the futures board. The Hawks scored a victory over a Top 25 opponent when they trumped Dayton 79-70 as 1-point home favorites back on February 17.
Speaking of the Flyers, they finished the season in a three-way tie for first in the conference and come in at +350. They are currently on a bit of cold streak, however, having lost three of their last six games.
“The Field” doesn’t exactly present a ton of value as they are .500 (Rhode Island) or worse (everyone else) in conference play.
There is certainly a lot to be excited about for A10 backers as value is plentiful.
Odds as of March 7 at Sportsbook
The Davidson Wildcats went 23-6 SU and a scorching 22-4 ATS during the regular season, and they're the top seed and betting favorite at the sportsbooks on the odds to win the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament this week.
Davidson sits as the 9/4 chalk at online sportsbook Sportsbook on the Atlantic 10 Tournament odds, followed by No. 5 VCU and No. 2 Dayton at 7/2, No. 3 Rhode Island at 11/2, No. 6 George Washington at 6/1, and No. 4 Richmond at 15/2.
Davidson, Dayton, Rhode Island, and Richmond all get a bye into Friday's quarterfinals, while VCU and George Washington have a bye into Thursday's second round. The other two second-round matchups are No. 8 Massachusetts vs. No. 9 La Salle, and No. 7 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 10 Saint Joseph's.
The first-round games on Wednesday are then No. 12 Fordham vs. No. 13 George Mason, and No. 11 Duquesne vs. No. 14 Saint Louis. All four of those schools in action on Wednesday are distant longshots at 500/1 on the odds to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Sportsbook.
Atlantic 10 Tournament Odds at Sportsbook
Rhode Island 11/2
George Washington 6/1
St. Bonaventure 20/1
La Salle 25/1
Saint Joseph's 66/1
George Mason 500/1
Saint Louis 500/1
Atlantic 10 Tournament Schedule
Sportsbook Rounds - March 11-12
Quarterfinals - March 13
Semifinals - March 14
Championship Game - March 15
After knocking off top seed Saint Louis on Friday night St. Bonaventure will move on to the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament on Saturday to face Saint Joseph's.
St. Bonaventure topped Saint Louis 71-68 in the quarterfinals of Atlantic 10 Tournament betting action on Friday, while fourth-seeded St. Joseph's knocked off Dayton by a score of 70-67.
The other A-10 semifinal on Saturday will have second-seeded VCU taking on third-seeded George Washington. VCU topped Richmond 71-53 in the quarterfinals on Friday, while George Washington beat Massachusetts 85-77.
Saint Louis will go up against St. Bonaventure on Friday as those schools meet in the quarterfinals of Atlantic 10 Tournament betting action at the sportsbooks.
Saint Louis, the top seed, will be hitting the hardwood for the first time in the tournament, while No. 9 St. Bonaventure is coming off an 82-72 victory over No. 8 La Salle in second-round action on Thursday.
The other three quarterfinals at the A-10 Tournament are No. 2 VCU vs. No. 7 Richmond, No. 3 George Washington vs. No. 6 Massachusetts, and No. 4 St. Joseph's vs. No. 5 Dayton.
VCU is the second seed at the Atlantic 10 Tournament but the favorite on the Atlantic 10 Tournament betting lines at the sportsbooks as that event prepares to get underway on Wednesday night.
VCU sits as the +175 favorite on the Atlantic 10 Tournament odds at Sportsbook, ahead of top-seeded Saint Louis (+320), third-seeded George Washington (+800), sixth-seeded Massachusetts (+825), fifth-seeded Dayton (+850), and fourth-seeded Saint Joseph's (+1000).
The Sportsbook round matchup of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Wednesday has George Mason (+10000) taking on Fordham (+100000), with that Sportsbook tipping off against Dayton at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday.
The other three games on Thursday are La Salle (+3500) vs. St. Bonaventure (+3300), Richmond (+2600) vs. Duquesne (+20000), and Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island (+14000). Saint Louis, VCU, George Washington, and Saint Joseph's all have a bye into the tournament's quarterfinals on Friday.
Atlantic 10 Tournament Odds at Sportsbook
Saint Louis +320
George Washington +800
Saint Joseph's +1000
St. Bonaventure +3300
La Salle +3500
George Mason +10000
Rhode Island +14000
Atlantic 10 Tournament Schedule
Sportsbook Rounds - March 12-13
Quarterfinals - March 14
Semifinals - March 15
Championship Game - March 16
A crowded field of 12 teams in this year’s Atlantic 10 Tournament has been reduced to four for today’s semifinals. In Game 1 No.1 Saint Louis will face No. 5 Butler. The Billikens opened as 3.5-point favorites and are 2-0 both straight-up and against the spread against the Bulldogs this year.
In the second game No. 2 VCU will square off against the surprising No. 6 Massachusetts Minutemen, who ousted No. 3 Temple 79-74 as 4.5-point underdogs on Friday. The Rams won the only previous meeting 86-68 as 12-point home favorites this season.
It will be a full slate in today’s Atlantic 10 quarterfinals starting with No. 1 Saint Louis taking on No. 9 Charlotte. Following that game, the No. 4 LaSalle Explorers will square off against the No. 5 Butler Bears, who are trying to win this title in their first season in the conference.
The early game in the bottom half of the bracket pits No. 2 VCU, another new face in the A-10, against No. 10 St. Joseph’s. The No. 3 Temple Owls take to the court in the day’s final game to face No. 6 Massachusetts.
This year’s Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tips off this Thursday night with four first-round matchups that feature the last eight seeds in the conference.
The first game pits the No. 8 Richmond Spiders vs. the No. 9 Charlotte 49ers. The Sportsbook of this game will advance to face No. 1 Saint Louis in Friday’s quarterfinals. Both these teams went 8-8 straight-up in conference play, but the Spiders won the only meeting this season by 20 points as 2.5-point home favorites on the college basketball betting lines.
Next up, the No. 5 Butler Bulldogs take on the No. 12 Dayton Flyers with the Sportsbook moving on to face No. 4 LaSalle on Friday. Butler beat the Flyers on the road in mid-January in a game that closed as a pick'em and ended its first season in A-10 play tied with Temple and LaSalle at 11-5, but dropped to fifth on a tie-breaker.
Then the No. 7 Xavier Musketeers and the No. 10 Saint Joseph’s Hawks will battle it out for the right to play No. 2 VCU in Friday’s quarterfinals. Saint Joseph’s beat Xavier 59-49 earlier in the season as a 5.5-point favorite with the total staying well UNDER the 126-point closing line for totals bettors at the sportsbooks.
The final game on Thursday’s slate is a matchup between the No. 6 Massachusetts Minutemen and the No. 11 George Washington Colonials. Whichever team comes out on top will square off against No. 3 Temple in the quarterfinals. The Minutemen dropped a three-point decision to George Washington in late January as 6.5-point favorites at home.
While there are a couple of potential sleepers in that Sportsbook group of eight teams - especially the Butler Bulldogs - the real action in this tournament will probably not heat up until Saturday’s semifinals. The potential matchups for that round if everything goes chalk would be the No. 1 Billikins against the No. 4 Explorers out of the top half of the bracket and the No. 2 Rams against the No. 3 Owls from the bottom half. Temple just closed out its regular season with an 84-76 victory over VCU as a 1-point home underdog.
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Odds - courtesy of Sportsbook:
Saint Louis +200
Virginia Commonwealth +220
La Salle +850
St. Joseph's +2100
George Washington +7000
Thursday, March 14 - First Round
12 PM ET – No. 8 Richmond vs. No. 9 Charlotte
2:30 PM ET – No.5 Butler vs. No. 12 Dayton
6:30 PM ET – No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 Saint Joseph’s
9 PM ET – No. 6 Massachusetts vs. No. 11 George Washington
Friday, March 15 - Quarterfinal Round
12 PM ET – No. 1 Saint Louis vs. No. 8/9
2:30 PM ET – No. 4 LaSalle vs. No. 5/12
6:30 PM ET – No. 2 VCU vs. No. 7/10
9 PM ET – No. 3 Temple vs. No. 6/11
Saturday, March 16 - Semifinal Round
1:30 PM ET – No. 1/8/9 vs. No. 4/5/12
4 PM ET – No. 2/7/10 vs. No. 3/6/11
Sunday, March 17 - Championship Game
1 PM ET – Semifinal 1 Sportsbook vs. Semifinal 2 Sportsbook