Dear Gary (on the A-10's start)
Posted on: November 25, 2009 12:06 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2009 12:12 pm
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Is it me or is the Atlantic 10 doing surprisingly well as a conference so far?
I think it's just you, Neil.
Hard to say a conference is doing well when the team picked first, Dayton, already has two losses, including one on a neutral court to the team picked fourth in the Big 12 (Kansas State). The team picked second in the A-10, Xavier, remains undefeated, but the Musketeers haven't played anybody. The team picked third in the A-10, Richmond, has a loss to William & Mary. And the team picked fourth in the A-10, La Salle, lost by double-digits on a neutral court to South Carolina. So the top four in the A-10 aren't off to great starts, although it's only fair to note that Temple -- with a one-point loss to Georgetown and victory over Siena -- appears to be better than anticipated.
Either way, as a league, the A-10 isn't doing surprisingly well.
I still believe in Dayton, I like Xavier, and I'm willing to give Temple the benefit of the doubt because the Owls have looked good. But when three of the supposed top four in a league already have losses (and the fourth hasn't beaten anybody), it's difficult to get too excited. So let's give it a few more weeks, take a closer look and reexamine it then.