3. VCU Rams
VCU is 5-5 on the season but has played a fairly difficult schedule to this point, though they do have a pair of "bad" losses to both McNeese State and Norfolk State. Of course, if my prediction on the Cowboys in the Southland works out, this could end up not being a Quad 4 defeat.
They're a team that doesn't have a ton of scoring depth outside of Utah State transfer Max Shulga and Zeb Jackson, who is averaging nearly 15 ppg. They have two guards who haven't played yet this season in Sean Bairstow and Joe Bamisile. Bairstow has dealt with a preseason injury but should be back sometime before the end of the month.
Bamisile is the key piece, a rare three-time transfer from Oklahoma, GW, and Virginia Tech. At the two power conference stops the 6'4 struggled to get on the floor and produce. But in the year he was in the Atlantic 10, Bamisile averaged 16.3 ppg and 5.0 rpg while shooting 35% from deep.
If VCU gets that kind of production from Bamisile along with Bairstow being ready to go, that's two all-conference caliber talents joining the team for A-10 play. That could very well put them in contention for the title alongside Dayton. Of course, we'll have to see how all of the pieces mesh together.