2002 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

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The 2002 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament was played from March 6 to March 9, 2002. The tournament was played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The winner was named champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference and received an automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Xavier University won the tournament and got the conference's only bid to the NCAA Tournament. Dayton, Richmond, Temple, Saint Joseph's and St. Bonaventure received bids to the 2002 National Invitation Tournament. David West of Xavier was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Future NBA players Rasual Butler of La Salle and Romain Sato and Lionel Chalmers, both of Xavier, were among those joining West on the All-Championship Team.

Format[edit]

The tournament was a single-elimination tournament. Seeding was determined by the regular season standings in each division. With the conference divided into East and West divisions, the top two teams in each division received a first-round bye. This was after a one-year departure from this format due to having only eleven teams in the conference the year before.

Bracket[edit]

  First Round
Wednesday, March 6
Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 7
Semifinals
Friday, March 8
Final
Saturday, March 9
                                     
 
  E1 Temple 66  
    W4 La Salle 72  
W4 La Salle 83
E5 Fordham 63  
  W4 La Salle 60  
  W2 Richmond 68  
 
 
  W2 Richmond 78
    E3 St. Bonaventure 69  
E3 St. Bonaventure 81
W6 Duquesne 66  
  W2 Richmond 60
  W1 Xavier 73
 
 
  W1 Xavier 65*
    E4 Massachusetts 59  
E4 Massachusetts 73
W5 George Washington 62  
  W1 Xavier 66
  W3 Dayton 59  
 
 
  E2 Saint Joseph's 74
    W3 Dayton 81  
W3 Dayton 90
E6 Rhode Island 71  

All games played at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* - Overtime

References[edit]

[1] Atlantic 10 Championship Results