How much of a recruiting bump has VCU seen its Final Four run in 2011? What about George Mason and Butler? We take a look.
How will the Atlantic 10 change after one year in which it had more NCAA bids than any other in conference history?
This was as anticipated a matchup as any in Atlantic 10 regular-season history, with multiple national media outlets in attendance and no shortage of hype. It wasn't even for first place, but it involved two ranked teams and, more importantly, Butler's Brad Stevens and VCU's Shaka Smart. This game, though, didn't wind up about Boy Wonder or the other young, rising star in the profession.
Several teams needed to make statements on Thursday, and a few succeeded. Meanwhile, Illinois continues its fall.
The Atlantic 10 picked up a big boost when VCU and Butler joined the league immediately -- and it's paying off already. They are the two favorites heading into conference play.

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