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A-10 nets four NCAA tournament bids

By Caleb Childers
On March 14, 2012

While people traditionally think that the power conferences are the only ones having success in college basketball, the Atlantic-10 conference is challenging that notion. This year the Atlantic-10 is sending four teams to the NCAA
tournament, which is more than the Pac-12 is sending. The A-10 has not been a one-bid conference since the 2005 tournament, and this does not look like it will change anytime soon. Xavier is a 10 seed while Temple is all the way up as a 5 seed, Saint Louis is a 9 seed, and St. Bonaventure rounds
out the group as a 14 seed. Throughout the conference's history, it has had a total of 20 different members including when Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Villanova played in all sports except football in the early 1980s.
Xavier joined the A-10 in 1995 alongside current members Dayton, Fordham and LaSalle.
UMass advanced to the Elite 8 in 1995 and the Final 4 the following
year under emerging coach John Calipari. Although these wins have since been vacated, the idea of the A-10 being a basketball
power has stayed.
Currently, last year's national runner-up, Butler, has only 11 tournament appearances and only one member in its conference in the tournament.
A traditionally strong mid-major conference is the Missouri Valley Conference, which has two teams in this years tournament and only one team last year.
While other mid-major conferences
are bragging about their tournament successes and trying
to show that they belong, the A-10 is consistently sending multiple
teams to the tournament, and this year is no exception.

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