Atlantic 10 Basketball: Preseason Predictions

(voted on by coaches and media, first-place votes in parentheses)

Men

1. Xavier (59)
2. Massachusetts (4)
3. Saint Louis
4. Charlotte (1)
5. GW
6. Dayton
7. Fordham
8. Saint Joseph’s
9. Temple
10. La Salle
11. Rhode Island
12. Richmond
13. Duquesne
14. St. Bonaventure

Reigning Atlantic 10 basketball champion Xavier is heavily favored to finish first in the league this year. GW overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to beat Xavier in Cincinnati last season. The Musketeers lost to Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March.

Women

1. GW (13)
2. Temple (2)
3. Xavier (3)
4. Saint Joseph’s
5. Charlotte
6. Richmond
7. Dayton
8. Massachusetts
9. La Salle
10. Duquesne
11. Rhode Island
12. Saint Louis
13. St. Bonaventure
14. Fordham

The Colonials earned 13 of 18 possible first place votes. Juniors Kimberly Beck and Sarah-Jo Lawrence were selected to the All-Conference First Team and Defensive Team. The Colonials made it to the second round of the round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

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