Saint Joseph's, Dayton, VCU Headed to NCAA TournamentMar 13, 2016
NEW YORK, NY - Saint Joseph's, the 2016 Atlantic 10 Champions, and A-10 regular season champions Dayton and VCU were selected for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. All three Atlantic 10 teams will play on Friday, March 18.
Dayton vs. Syracuse in St. Louis, Mo. (12:15 p.m. ET, CBS)
VCU vs. Oregon State in Oklahoma City (1:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
Saint Joseph's vs. Cincinnati in Spokane, Wash. (9:57 p.m. ET, truTV)
It is the ninth straight season the A-10 has earned multiple at-large NCAA Tournament bids, marking the 31st time in the league's 40-year history that the conference received multiple NCAA bids.
Saint Joseph's (27-7) was selected as the eighth seed in the West Region and will take on ninth-seeded Cincinnati in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, March 18 (9:57 p.m. ET, truTV). The Hawks clinched their second tournament berth in three years by virtue of defeating VCU in the Atlantic 10 Championship game. The Bearcats are in the field via an at-large berth.
This is Saint Joseph's 13th postseason appearance, and seventh NCAA Tournament berth under head coach Phil Martelli. Saint Joseph's will make its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance this week; the Hawks are 18-24 all-time in Tournament play.
The Dayton Flyers (25-7) return to the Big Dance for the third consecutive season. UD enters the 2016 NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region with a match up against the Syracuse Orange on Friday, March 18 (12:15 p.m., CBS). Dayton has won five NCAA Tournament games the previous two years, one of six schools (Kentucky, Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan State and UConn) to accomplish that feat.
This is the first time the Flyers made the NCAA Tournament in three straight seasons since 1965 through 1967. Coach Archie Miller is 5-2 in the NCAA Tournament, and is one of five coaches with at least five NCAA wins in his first four seasons.
VCU (24-10), the weekend's runner-up in the A-10 Championship, earned a 10 seed and will face seventh-seeded Oregon State in Oklahoma City (1:30 p.m. ET, TNT). VCU will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and for the 15th time in program history. It is the sixth at-large selection in school history.