4. St. Bonaventure Bonnies - 7-3
The Bonnies added two key pieces to the roster this offseason and both of them have paid off well. Charles Pride is a double-digit scorer who shoots over 40% from deep, while former Cincy guard Mika Adams-Woods is having an A-10 POY campaign, leading the team with 15.3 ppg and 4.2 apg on 60% shooting from the field and over 50% from deep.
The returning pieces such as Chad Venning and Moses Flowers have played well, while guys like Daryl Banks and Kyrell Luc have taken steps back in the main rotation. St. Bonaventure has a win over Oklahoma and has improved since its home loss to Canisius. They have Binghamton and Akron to round out league play before a pair of road games to open up in the A-10.
3. Duquesne Dukes - 8-2
The Dukes have one of the best backcourts in the A-10 with Dae Dae Grant (18.8 ppg) and Jimmy Clark (16.9 ppg and 4.0 apg). And while they don't have a frontcourt player in double figures, Duquesne has plenty of depth, led by Andrei Savrasov and Foussenyi Drame. And they're expected to get NC State center transfer Dusan Mahorcic back as soon as this weekend.
It's been literal decades since this program has made the NCAA Tournament and so far, they haven't hurt themselves yet, with losses to just Princeton and Nebraska. The hope is that wins over UC Irvine, Bradley, College of Charleston, and maybe Santa Clara if they beat them this weekend can become real resume-builders. But so far, the Dukes have played up to its high preseason expectations.