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Atlantic 10s final weekend will determine UMass’ tournament seed

By MATT VAUTOUR @GazetteUMass
Friday, March 7, 2014
(Published in print: Saturday, March 8, 2014)

AMHERST — Sunday’s 2 p.m. game against Saint Louis will complete the regular season for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team.

But the Atlantic 10 schedule is bunched together enough that the Minutemen (23-6, 10-5 A-10) could finish anywhere from second to sixth in the final standings. League tiebreaker rules will determine the seeding in any scenario with teams finishing with the same record.

The Minutemen will be shooting for at least the top four, which would earn them a bye in the first round of the next week’s conference tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. A win by the Minutemen would clinch a spot in the top four, but they can earn a bye without a win if they get enough help from other results.

Here’s a look at where UMass can finish and how it could get there.

SECOND PLACE — 1. UMass beats Saint Louis; 2. Saint Joseph’s loses La Salle at home; 3. Virginia Commonwealth loses to Saint Bonaventure at home.

THIRD PLACE — 1. UMass beats SLU; 2. St. Joe’s loses to La Salle OR VCU loses to SBU.

FOURTH PLACE Scenario 1 — 1. UMass beats Saint Louis; 2. St. Joe’s wins; 3. VCU wins.

FOURTH PLACE Scenario 2 — 1. UMass loses to SLU; 2. George Washington loses at Fordham; 3. Dayton loses to Richmond at home.

FIFTH PLACE Scenario 1 — 1. UMass loses to SLU; 2. GW beats Fordham; 3. Dayton loses to Richmond.

FIFTH PLACE Scenario 2 — 1. UMass loses to SLU; 2. GW loses to Fordham; 3. Dayton beats Richmond.

SIXTH PLACE — 1. UMass loses to SLU; 2. GW beats Fordham; 3. Dayton beats Richmond.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage

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