Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Betting Advice and Analysis

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Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Betting Advice and Analysis
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The Atlantic 10 Conference, which began tournament play Wednesday, wraps up with the title game on Sunday.

A handful of teams have a shot at claiming the tournament crown, thereby earning an automatic spot in the 68-team NCAA men’s tournament.

The A-10 tournament, being played at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., showcases the league’s 14-team field, including Davidson, Dayton, Virginia Commonwealth, St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis.

The odds below are provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.

Favorite: Davidson Wildcats

The Wildcats ripped through their schedule this season, posting a 25-5 record, including a 79-78 win in December over the SEC’s Alabama Crimson Tide.

Davidson finished the season with the Atlantic 10 player of the year (Luka Brajkovic) and coach of the year (Bob McKillop).

A steady shooter with a 58.7% field goal percentage, Brajkovic, a 6-foot-10 Austrian, also grabbed 7.23 rebounds a game.

Look for McKillop to guide the Wildcats to the tournament championship. Take Davidson at +330.

Top Contender: Dayton Flyers

Boasting early season wins over Miami and Kansas, the Flyers (22-9) closed out the season by winning six of their last seven games, including an 82-76 home victory over conference rival Davidson.

With the A-10 sixth man of the year (Koby Brea) and rookie of the year (DaRon Holmes II), the Flyers, named for the Wright Brothers’ connection to the Ohio city, are poised to soar at the conference tournament.

At +360, Coach Anthony Grant’s Flyers are a sold wager that could result in a payday for bettors.

Challenger: Virginia Commonwealth Rams

In true March Madness fashion, the Rams (21-8) are peaking at the right time to run the table at the conference tournament in D.C.

After an uneven start, VCU has been on a roll. Since losing to Davidson, 63-61, on Jan. 18, the Rams have powered through their schedule, winning 11 of their last 13 games, including a 70-68 road win over the Wildcats in neighboring North Carolina.

Coach Mike Rhoades’ Rams have allowed the 10th fewest points per game in the nation. Defense is always crucial and is especially important in a single-elimination bracket.

With the top three teams all having a legitimate shot at the A-10 title, taking VCU at +380 is not a high-risk wager.

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