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Old 08-08-2019, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Iíve thought long and hard about this (about 45 minutes) and Iím certain that some of you are going to bitch. I just tell you guys what you donít want to hear. Thereís few surprises but here is my prediction for the 2020 conference season.

1. VCU. They earned this spot.

2. Dayton. Iím a homer, and I think that itís going to be neck and neck with VCU. Maybe weíll let VCO be co-champions again? Anthony Grant has the best roster in the A10 on paper, but as we know the games are played on hardwood - not paper. UD has 4 incoming transfers and and according to the same sources that said that a Obi Toppin during his redshirt season was the best player in the team are saying these guys are the real deal. Notably Rodney Chatman was compared to Kyle Davis and Ibi Watson (45Ē vertical) will be impact players. Itís easy to see why Jordan Davis transferred - these two are going to take his minutes. Obi Toppin will be a first round NBA pick and is the best player in the league IMO. What did Snipe say - ďsmell the gloveĒ?

3. The Bonnieís. I give the nod to the Bonnieís here because they are going to improve more than Davidson or Rhode Island IMO. Lofton and Welch are going to be sophomores, and the real wild card is Osun Osunniyi. Ossuniyi can be a game changer just like Obi Toppin. Davidson returns all of their starters but they donít have a big man like this. Plus, Schmidt always does more with less. Right?

4. Davidson. I really think that Rhoady will be in the top 4 but I donít want to hear the whining. Davidson will be a good team, but I donít see them improving as much as Dayton or SBU. Dayton adds a ton of talent and size, and SBUís young players get better. Sorry.

URI and SLU arenít far behind. SLU will be my sleeper for next year.
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Thanks Jon Rothstein.
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I can’t remember the last time I thought about anything for 45 minutes
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Thanks Jon Rothstein.
When did Rothstein learn that the Bonnies are in the A-10?
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I cant put the Bonnies ahead of Davidson until we show we can beat them. Since 2016 Bona has 1 win, in triple OT. My uneducated top 4:
VCU
Davidson
Dayton
Bona


I am bearish on Rhody. I just dont see how much better they will be this year when the rest of the league is also better. Fats can shoot them in or out of any game and he takes way too many shots for my liking. I also cant put Dayton 2nd right now. Too many new players coming together while VCU and Davidson are mostly unchanged.
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I put no thought into this and it probably shows:

Dayton
VCU
Davidson
Bona
SLU
Richmond
URI
Duquesne
La Salle
Mason
SJU
GW
Mass
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I like the in depth VCU analysis although mentions of the James River and PBR would have been nice. Good work JAF!
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When did Rothstein learn that the Bonnies are in the A-10?
Good point, though he was the sage that minted the expression "Mark Schmidt does more with less...".
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I like the in depth VCU analysis although mentions of the James River and PBR would have been nice. Good work JAF!
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Some additional insight for you non-believers ....

Jhery Matos will be available again. Jhery tore a tendon in his foot early on but gave the Flyer’s some good minutes before getting hurt. Especially on the defensive side of the ball.

For the first time in what seems like decades, the Flyer’s have some serious size. Jordy Tshimsnga 6’11” / 265, Obi Toppin 6’9”, Chase Johnson 6’9 and incoming freshman Moulalye Sissoko 6’10 / 245. Tshimanga was a top 150 recruit coming out of high school. Johnson was a top 100 recruit coming out of high school school and is an elite athlete at 6’9”. His health will be a concern.

UD beat Davidson on their home court last year.
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What did Snipe say - ďsmell the gloveĒ?
I missed this on my first pass. I wonder if X posters are borrowing from Muddy over on the Big East board.
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I like the in depth VCU analysis although mentions of the James River and PBR would have been nice. Good work JAF!
So PBR is now the official beer of VCU? Friggin' hipsters are taking over the world.
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Some additional insight for you non-believers ....

Jhery Matos will be available again. Jhery tore a tendon in his foot early on but gave the Flyerís some good minutes before getting hurt. Especially on the defensive side of the ball.

For the first time in what seems like decades, the Flyerís have some serious size. Jordy Tshimsnga 6í11Ē / 265, Obi Toppin 6í9Ē, Chase Johnson 6í9 and incoming freshman Moulalye Sissoko 6í10 / 245. Tshimanga was a top 150 recruit coming out of high school. Johnson was a top 100 recruit coming out of high school school and is an elite athlete at 6í9Ē. His health will be a concern.

UD beat Davidson on their home court last year.
Yeah, but Davidson has a secret weapon...Anthony Grant.
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So PBR is now the official beer of VCU? Friggin' hipsters are taking over the world.
Not really. It is from an old stereotypical joke about VCU. My guess is that craft beers are more in style these days.
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