Sunday, December 27, 2009

How the Atlantic 10 has fared so far

As non-conference play is winding down, here's some stats provided by the Atlantic 10 league office regarding the conference's performance in men's basketball so far this season:

• Entering play on Dec. 28, the A-10 10 is the fourth-ranked conference in the RPI ( and its 102-53 (.658) overall record is on pace to be the fourth-highest winning percentage in non-league action in A-10 history.

• 36 of the league’s 102 victories have come on the road or on neutral courts.

• The A-10 is the top-rated conference in Strength of Schedule according to RealTime RPI.

• Nine of the conference’s 14 teams have registered at least one victory over a BCS school.

• George Washington edged East Carolina in overtime on Dec. 22, 84-80, to improve to 4-0 on the road and surpass its road win total (three) from all of last season. The last time the Colonials won their first four road games was 1947-48 (6-0).

• Temple has cracked the national rankings for the first time since the 2001-02 season as it comes in at No. 21 in the AP top 25 and 25th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

• Richmond’s 56-53 victory over #13/#13 Florida and Temple’s 71-65 win at previously unbeaten Seton Hall on Dec. 19 raised the league’s total to 15 victories over teams from BCS conferences and five wins over ranked opponents this season.