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A10 Best Case/Worst Case

Following media day a few weeks ago I wrote a piece for CoxSports that dissects the best and worse case for each team in the league. Basically taking each team and giving them a boom or bust scenario for each. Click this link here to be directed to the site to check out the article. Below is the start of the piece…


Preseason polls are an inexact science that is often proven flawed months later. A year ago, Atlantic 10 newcomer Davidson was tabbed to finish 12th in the conference, and those same Wildcats won it outright.  Still, Atlantic 10 Media Day provided a starting point of sorts for the season and allows each coach to talk-up, or talk-down, their club for the first time.

For a team to reach their goals, all the parts need to come together. For some clubs, everything may go wrong instead. So what will it take for each team to go boom, or how can it all fall apart? The season is starting and each team will start building their resume for March. Hoops is here, so let’s take a look at some best case/worst case scenarios for all of the Atlantic 10 programs.


Goes Boom If: The Wildcats quickly adjust to life without stud guard Tyler Kalinoski, they score the ball anything close to last year and listen to their fantastic head coach who knows a thing or two.

Goes Bust If: The offense comes back down to Earth putting more pressure on their defense and the loss of Kalinoski lingers into league play (highly unlikely) while the team has an A-10 version of the “sophomore slump”.

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A member of the class of 2008, Nolan spent four years as a student assistant with the program. He has written professionally for such outlets as espn.com/insider, Athlon Sports Magazines, Cox Sports Online and Blue Ribbon Previews. Ian was named one of the “140 Personalities to Follow in College Basketball” on twitter by The Sporting News.