2012–13 Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball season

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2012–13 Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Number of teams 16
TV partner(s) CBS College Sports Network
Tournament
Atlantic 10 men's basketball seasons
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2012–13 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#16 Saint Louis 13 3   .813     28 7   .800
#25 VCU 12 4   .750     27 9   .750
Butler 11 5   .688     27 9   .750
La Salle 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
Temple 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
UMass 9 7   .563     21 12   .636
Xavier 9 7   .563     17 14   .548
Charlotte 8 8   .500     21 12   .636
Saint Joseph's 8 8   .500     18 14   .563
Richmond 8 8   .500     19 15   .559
Dayton 7 9   .438     17 14   .548
St. Bonaventure 7 9   .438     14 15   .483
George Washington 7 9   .438     13 17   .433
Rhode Island 3 13   .188     8 21   .276
Fordham 3 13   .188     7 24   .226
Duquesne 1 15   .063     8 22   .267
2013 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
As of March 28, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012–13 Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball season marks the 37th season of Atlantic 10 Conference basketball. The season marks the first for new members Butler and VCU, and the last for departing members Temple and Charlotte. The 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament will be held for the first time at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Preseason[edit]

Prior to the season, the Atlantic 10 welcomed new members, Butler and VCU. The two schools joined the conference immediately, rather than waiting a season as Butler initially intended, because they "weren't going to be allowed to play in the respective conference tournaments."[1] With the addition of these programs, the conference sits at 16 teams for one year, yet the conference slate stayed at 16 games. "The league had to be creative with its schedule knowing that it would be for only one season. Every team will play each team once with one rivalry game twice."[1]

The conference moved the conference tournament to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, after six seasons in Atlantic City. Analysts predict "the league's Big Apple debut might result in a record number of bids for this stacked conference."[1] The contract lasts for five years. "I just think it's going to be a rebirth of college basketball in New York," said Fordham coach Tom Pecora, who was born in the borough.[2]

For the 2012–13 season, Butler lost Ronald Nored to graduation and Chrishawn Hopkins to a violation of team rules, but returned nearly every other significant player and added key players in transfer Rotnei Clarke and freshman Kellen Dunham.[3]

Charlotte's Chris Braswell "might be the best big man in the league, and the 49ers have a good recruiting class entering the fold."[3] Dayton's frontcourt garnered press for its depth, with Kevin Dillard returning as point guard, along with transfers Vee Sanford and Matt Derenbecker.[3]

"Va. Tech transfer Tyrone Garland joins a loaded perimeter group" at La Salle, and Massachusetts "could be a title threat" with point guard Chaz Williams, who returned along with three other starters following a run to the NIT semifinals.[3][4]

2012 A10 tournament champion Saint Bonaventure faced potential struggle after the loss of Andrew Nicholson, who "was a dominant force throughout his career."[3] However, the Bonnies returned Marquise Simmons and Michael Davenport from injuries.[4] Saint Joseph's returned everyone "from a team that was in the mix for an NCAA bid until late."[3]

Saint Louis was the favorite among many analysts because, although it lost Brian Conklin, the team returned Kwamain Mitchell and "locks down on D."[3] The Billikens are without coach Rick Majerus, who "is taking a leave of absence for health reasons."[4] Majerus died on December 1, 2012, prompting Commissioner Bernadette McGlade's statement, "The entire Atlantic 10 family is grieving tonight over the loss of coach Majerus. His undeniable knowledge and love of the game was known to all, and he was an excellent teacher committed to the student-athlete. This passion made his impact on A-10 basketball over the past five years immeasurable. He will be missed at Saint Louis , within the A-10 and nationally; our prayers and condolences are with coach Majerus’ family and the Saint Louis University community."[5]

Perpetual favorites Temple and Xavier both lost "key weapons" but neither were expected to have a "huge drop" as Temple's "Scootie Randall will be healthy [and] Khalif Wyatt is back" and Xavier adds Semaj Christon and Isaiah Philmore.[3] However, Xavier lost all of its starters and half of its "highly regarded recruiting class (Myles Davis and Jalen Reynolds) to academic issues."[4]

CBS analyst Jeff Borzello noted that "It will be interesting to see how VCU adjusts in its first year. With that said, the Rams return many of their weapons from last season."[3] However, the rams do not have freshmen recruits Mo Alie-Cox and Jordan Burgess, who "is considered a top 100 recruit," as the school announced they were only partial qualifiers by the NCAA and thus were not be eligible to compete until at least the 2013–14 season.[6]

Atlantic 10 preseason poll[edit]

Rank Team Votes (First place)
1 Saint Joseph's 434 (11)
2 Saint Louis 432 (10)
3 VCU 410 (3)
4 Temple 394 (2)
5 Massachusetts 389 (2)
6 Butler 347 (2)
7 La Salle 281
8 Dayton 264
9 Xavier 239
10 Richmond 235
11 St. Bonaventure 170
12 Charlotte 145
13 Geo. Washington 112
14 Fordham 84
15 Rhode Island 76
16 Duquesne 68

Source[7]

Atlantic 10 preseason teams[edit]

Award Recipients
First Team Kevin Dillard (Dayton)
Chris Gaston (Fordham)
Chaz Williams (Massachusetts)
Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis)
Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Second Team Rotnei Clarke (Butler)
Chris Braswell (Charlotte)
Ramon Galloway (La Salle)
Langston Galloway (Saint Joseh's)
Carl Jones (Saint Joseph's)
Third Team Darien Brothers (Richmond)
C. J. Aiken (Saint Joseph's)
Halil Kanacevic (Saint Joseph's)
Scootie Randall (Temple)
Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
Defensive Team Roosevelt Jones (Butler)
Pierria Henry (Charlotte)
C. J. Aiken (Saint Joseph's)
Jordair Jett (Saint Louis)
Briante Weber (VCU)
Rookie Team Kellen Dunham (Butler)
Jordan Hare (Rhode Island)
Daniel Dingle (Temple)
Melvin Johnson (VCU)
Semaj Christon (Xavier)

Source[7]

Conference Previews[edit]

Several media outlets projected the final Atlantic 10 Conference standings for the 2012–13 season:

Rank CBS Sports Rivals Blue Ribbon Sporting News Lindy's[8] Athlon College Hoops Insider ESPN The Magazine College Sports Madness[9]
1. Saint Louis Saint Louis VCU Saint Louis Saint Louis
2. VCU Butler Saint Louis Butler VCU
3. St. Joseph's Temple Temple St. Joseph's Xavier
4. Temple VCU Massachusetts Temple St. Joseph's
5. Massachusetts St. Joseph's Butler VCU Massachusetts
6. Butler Xavier St. Joseph's Massachusetts Butler
7. Dayton Massachusetts St. Bonaventure Richmond Temple
8. La Salle Richmond Xavier Dayton La Salle
9. Richmond Dayton La Salle Xavier Dayton
10. Xavier La Salle Dayton La Salle St. Bonaventure
11. St. Bonaventure Geo. Washington Richmond St. Bonaventure Geo. Washington
12. Charlotte St. Bonaventure Charlotte George Washington -
13. Rhode Island Charlotte Fordham Duquesne -
14. Geo. Washington Rhode Island Geo. Washington Fordham -
15. Fordham Fordham Rhode Island Charlotte -
16. Duquesne Duquesne Duquesne Rhode Island -

Preseason watchlists[edit]

Wooden Naismith[10]
Rotnei Clarke (Butler) Green tickY

Regular Season[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Legend
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  No change in ranking
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
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Butler AP RV RV RV RV RV 19 18 17 14 13 9 9 14 11 11 15 20
C RV RV RV RV 25 21 20 17 13 9 10 14 10 10 15 21
Charlotte AP
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Dayton AP
C
Duquesne AP
C
Fordham AP
C
George Washington AP
C
La Salle AP RV
C RV
Massachusetts AP
C
Rhode Island AP
C
Richmond AP
C
St. Bonaventure AP
C
Saint Joseph's AP RV RV RV RV
C RV RV RV RV
Saint Louis AP RV RV RV RV RV 18
C RV RV RV RV RV 19
Temple AP RV RV RV RV RV RV
C RV RV RV
VCU AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 22 19 RV RV RV RV 24 RV
C RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 19 16 RV RV RV RV 24 25
Xavier AP RV
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A-10 vs. other conferences[edit]

Conference Wins Losses  %
Am. East 4 1 -
ACC 3 5 -
A-Sun 3 0 -
Big 12 0 1 -
Big East 4 4 -
Big Sky 0 1 -
Big South 3 0 -
Big Ten 1 3 -
Big West 0 1 -
Colonial 8 1 -
C-USA 3 0 -
Great West 0 0 -
Horizon League 3 1 -
Independents 0 0 -
Ivy League 5 1 -
MAAC 5 4 -
MAC 5 2 -
MEAC 3 0 -
MVC 2 2 -
MWC 0 0 -
NEC 3 3 -
OVC 1 0 -
Pac-12 0 1 -
Patriot 1 0 -
SEC 3 2 -
SoCon 4 0 -
Southland 1 0 -
SWAC 0 0 -
Summit 0 1 -
Sun Belt 1 0 -
WCC 0 1 -
WAC 1 1 -
Total 67 36 .651

As of 12/3/2012

Weekly honors[edit]

Throughout the conference regular season, the Atlantic 10 offices name a player of the week and rookie of the week each Monday.

Week Player of the week Rookie of the week
November 12, 2012[12] Dee Davis, Xavier Kellen Dunham, Butler
November 19, 2012[13] Ronald Roberts, Saint Joseph's Dyshawn Pierre, Dayton
Joe McDonald, George Washington
November 26, 2012[14] Rotnei Clarke, Butler Semaj Christon, Xavier
December 3, 2012[15] Derrick Williams, Richmond Semaj Christon, Xavier (2)
December 10, 2012[16] Kevin Dillard, Dayton
Tyreek Duren, La Salle
Kellen Dunham, Butler (2)
December 17, 2012[17] Roosevelt Jones, Butler Derrick Colter, Duquesne
December 24, 2012[18] Khalif Wyatt, Temple Derrick Colter, Duquesne (2)
December 31, 2012[19] Carl Jones, Saint Joseph's Kellen Dunham, Butler (3)
Quevyn Winters, Duquesne
January 7, 2013[20] Troy Daniels, VCU Willie Clayton, Charlotte
January 14, 2013[21] Andrew Smith, Butler Semaj Christon, Xavier (3)
January 21, 2013[22] Roosevelt Jones, Butler (2)
Treveon Graham, VCU
Semaj Christon, Xavier (4)
January 28, 2013[23] Ramon Galloway, La Salle Kellen Dunham, Butler (4)
February 4, 2013[24] Khalif Wyatt, Temple (2)
Juvonte Reddic, VCU
Mandell Thomas, Fordham
February 11, 2013[25] Khalif Wyatt, Temple (3) Semaj Christon, Xavier (5)
February 18, 2013
February 25, 2013
March 3, 2013

Butler's Roosevelt Jones was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on January 21, 2013.[26]

Postseason[edit]

Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams[edit]

Award Recipients
Coach of the Year Jim Crews (St. Louis)
Player of the Year Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Defensive Player of the Year Briante Weber (VCU)
Rookie of the Year Semaj Christon (Xavier)
Sixth Man of the Year Cody Ellis (St. Louis)
Chris Daniels Most Improved Player of the Year Travis Taylor (Xavier)
All-Academic Team Andrew Smith (Butler)
Dwayne Evans (St. Louis)
Nemanja Mikic (George Washington)
T. J. DiLeo (Temple)
Nikola Malesevic (Rhode Island)
First Team Khalif Wyatt (Temple)
Ramon Galloway (La Salle)
Rotnei Clarke (Butler)
Dwayne Evans (St. Louis)
Chaz Williams (Massachusetts)
Second Team Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
Treveon Graham (VCU)
Semaj Christon (Xavier)
Tyreek Duren (La Salle)
Kevin Dillard (Dayton)
Third Team Darien Brothers (Richmond)
Ronald Roberts (St. Joseph's)
Kwamain Mitchell (St. Louis)
Jordair Jett (St. Louis)
Travis Taylor (Xavier)
Honorable Mention
All-Defensive Team Briante Weber (VCU)
Jordair Jett (St. Louis)
Pierria Henry (Charlotte)
Roosevelt Jones (Butler)
Darius Theus (VCU)
All-Rookie Team Semaj Christon (Xavier)
Kellen Dunham (Butler)
Derrick Colter (Duquesne)
Willie Clayton (Charlotte)
Melvin Johnson (VCU)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bernadette McGlade hopeful of boost". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
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  6. ^ Pearrell, Tim (5 October 2012). "Two VCU freshmen ineligible for basketball this season". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Dickerson, Drew. "Saint Joseph’s Picked to Finish First in Atlantic 10; 25 Players Earn Preseason Honors". Atlantic 10 Conference. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Atlantic 10 Conference Preview". Lindy's Sports. September 2012. 
  9. ^ "MEN'S BASKETBALL TOP 144 PREVIEWS". College Sports Madness. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "McDermott and Zeller Highlight 2012-2013 Naismith Early Season Watch List". Naismith Awards. Atlanta Tipoff Club. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "2012-13 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (13 November 2012). "Davis, Dunham Earn First Weekly A-10 Men's Basketball Awards". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (26 November 2012). "Roberts, Pierre, McDonald Named Weekly Men's Basketball Award Winners". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (26 November 2012). "Clarke, Christon Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (3 December 2012). "Williams, Christon Named Weekly Men's Basketball Award Winners". Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (10 December 2012). "Dillard, Duren, Dunham Share Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
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  18. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (24 December 2012). "Wyatt, Colter Earn A-10 Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
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  20. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (7 January 2013). "Daniels, Clayton Earn A-10 Weekly Awards". Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (14 January 2013). "Smith, Christon Tabbed A-10 Weekly Award Winners". Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  22. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (21 January 2013). "Jones, Graham, Christon Tabbed A-10 Weekly Award Winners". Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  23. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (28 January 2013). "Galloway, Dunham Earn A-10 Weekly Awards". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  24. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (4 February 2013). "Reddic, Wyatt, Thomas Earn Weekly A-10 Men's Basketball Awards". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  25. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference (11 February 2013). "Wyatt, Christon Named A-10 Weekly Men's Basketball Award Winners". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  26. ^ U.S. Basketball Writers Association (22 January 2013). "Butler's Jones is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week". Retrieved 22 January 2013.