Last season three teams in the conference made the post season according to basketball odds and the Atlantic 10 will look to get even more teams in this year.
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College basketball odds will show that George Washington won the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season while Xavier got an at-large berth. Maureece Rice led third-seeded George Washington to the A-19 title. GW got wins over Saint Joseph’s (58-48), Saint Louis (60-40) and Rhode Island to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year and 10th time in program history. Fans of college basketball odds remember that Massachusetts played in the NIT. George Washington was destroyed in the tourney losing 77-44 to Vanderbilt in college basketball odds. Xavier beat BYU in college basketball odds to advance before losing a tough 78-71 overtime game to #1 Ohio State. Massachusetts won their first game in the NIT versus college basketball odds as they beat Alabama in overtime 89-87 before losing to West Virginia in college basketball odds in the next round 90-77.
The big news in the off-season for fans of basketball odds came from Saint Louis as they hired Rick Majerus as their new head coach. Fans of college basketball odds know Majerus has been working for ESPN the last three years. He has a 422-147 career coaching record. He has taken 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament and four to the NIT. Experts at college basketball odds know he never had a losing record in 12 seasons at Utah. He has coached in four Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights and the 1998 National Title game. Many experts that follow college basketball odds expert Majerus to lead Saint Louis to the post season beginning this year. Xavier and Saint Joseph’s will also be tough in the Atlantic 10 this season and should contend versus the college basketball odds but the team to beat is probably Rhode Island.
Fans of basketball odds see that the Atlantic 10 will also have winning teams in Fordham, Dayton, Duquesne and George Washington. Teams that could compete for a winning record according to college basketball odds experts include Temple, NC Charlotte, and Richmond. Teams such as La Salle, Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure are probably in for losing seasons against basketball odds.