Atlantic 10 Basketball: 2020-21 power rankings heading into conference play

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Atlantic 10 Basketball has featured some of the best mid-majors in the country, and have shown early on that they deserve to be a multi-bid league.

If there is one word to describe Atlantic 10 Basketball entering 2021, it is “bloodbath.”  Of the 14 teams, eight currently rank in the top 100 in KenPom, three are currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, and eight teams currently carry an overall winning record.

Since I ranked the Atlantic 10’s teams last month, quite a bit has changed.  Richmond – the preseason favorites in the A-10 – finally came back down to earth after their win at Kentucky, George Washington had three players transfer in the span of a week, and three A-10 teams were finally able to play their first games.

According to Lunardi’s latest projection on December 29th, Saint Louis, Richmond, and Davidson are all slated to qualify for the NCAA Tournament – but the A-10 could produce a few more potential bubble teams.  VCU, St. Bonaventure, URI, and even Dayton have produced a handful of impressive performances and picked up some resume-building wins.

That is all without mentioning other teams like Duquesne, a potential sleeper in the A-10 that has finally been able to get back to action, UMass, who sport a First Team All-Conference talent in Tre Mitchell, and George Mason, who has been a thorn in a handful of quality teams’ sides.

There have been some mix-ups from top-to-bottom since December’s rankings, and these are bound to change come this time next month.  For a lot of these – particularly for the teams in the middle-of-the-pack – they could easily be swapped and moved about and there could be a legitimate argument made.

But – with the first Saturday of college basketball in 2021 over and done with – here is where the 14 A-10 teams currently rank moving forward in the new year.

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