Davidson Steals a Bid; Wins Atlantic 10 Championship

Davidson upset Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Championship on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the conference will have a three-bid league.

On Saturday night, the committee released that the field was set, though if Davidson were to win, then a mystery at-large team would be left out. The Wildcats proceeded to win, and now many bubble teams across America are quite nervous.

The game began with Davidson leading for the first 10 minutes, though it went back and forth for the entire game. At halftime, the teams went into the locker room with Rhode Island leading by one.

The Wildcats led for the entire second half, though at 4:27 to go, the Rams took the lead. With 1:12 to go, Kellan Grady of URI made a floater to take the lead. That basketball was the last of the game, and Davidson won the game after some great defensive possessions.

Both programs shot quite similar, from the field they were both 38%. One thing that killed Rhode Island today was free throws. The Rams barely shot over .500, only hitting 53% of their free shots. Davidson shot 88% from the charity stripe.

Guard E.C. Matthews put up 20 points and 8 rebounds and hit 4 threes in the loss. For Davidson, Aldridge and Grady combined for 30 points and 10 boards.

Davidson’s run to the A10 title included a win over Saint Louis in the quarterfinal and an upset against Saint Bonaventure in the semis.

With Davidson’s win, the Atlantic 10 will be a three-bid league, the teams being Davidson, Rhode Island, and Saint Bonaventure.

Davidson will likely be a 12 or 13 seed, Rhode Island at 7 or 8, and St. Bonaventure being a 11 or 12.

Many at-large teams are sweating it out after this Davidson win. Some teams that are considered on the fence are Saint Mary’s, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Middle Tennessee State, and Notre Dame.

The Selection Show is at 5 PM ET on TBS.

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