Busting Brackets

Atlantic 10 Basketball: UMass, Davidson, and GW rises in latest power rankings

It's been a good opening couple of months for Atlantic 10 teams such as UMass, Davidson, and GW. Where do they stand in the latest power rankings?
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14. Fordham Rams - 5-6

After losing two all-conference stars (Darius Quisenberry and Khalid Moore), the big question for the Rams was how they'd replace the offensive production. To this point, the answer is they haven't. Josh Rivera, the transfer from Lafayette, leads them in scoring with 11.2 ppg.

They do have five players with at least 8.4 ppg to this point, including potential 6th Man of the Year guard, Will Richardson (8.9 ppg). But the 269th scoring offense has certainly had some rough outings, including 45 points in a loss to Abilene Christian and 55 against St. John's. Still, this is a team that remains tough defensive and remains a tough out for other A-10 teams. Central Connecticut State and Columbia round out their non-con schedule.

13. Saint Louis Billikens - 7-5

Depending on whether you take the 40-point loss to Southern Illinois out of the way or not, Saint Louis has been a team right on the cusp of being decent, with several close losses. With an actual frontcourt, SLU has shown to be competitive. But without Sincere Parker (17.3 ppg) for a least a few more weeks, the team is relying solely on Gibson Jimeron (16.8 ppg) and Terrence Hargrove for the majority of offensive production.

The introduction of center Bradley Ezewiro could be a game-changer for the Billikens. The transfer from Georgetown had 17 pts in the win over Louisiana Tech. If he has an impact inside and Parker can return from his injury, this roster could suddenly play spoiler in the Atlantic 10.