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Atlantic 10 flipping dates of men’s, women’s tournaments, source says; change intended to mitigate COVID-19 risk

The Atlantic 10 Conference is constant its proactive strategy to coping with its postseason males’s basketball championship by transferring the majority of the event to March 3-6 at a number of websites in Richmond, Va., basically flipping the dates of the boys’s and ladies’s tournaments to assist mitigate considerations about COVID-19 disruptions operating into their respective nationwide championships.

A source shut to the league informed Sporting News the A-10 males’s championship now will start on a Wednesday that beforehand had been held open for attainable rescheduling of video games misplaced to COVID disruptions. The semifinals will probably be staged that Saturday.

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Games will probably be performed at VCU’s Siegel Center and the Robins Center, the place the University of Richmond performs. The league beforehand had introduced it was transferring the boys’s event to these two venues from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, permitting there to be much less intersection between the competing faculties.

The two semifinal winners will advance to the championship sport on Selection Sunday, March 14, enabling the A-10 to maintain its tv obligation to CBS that afternoon intact. The championship sport will probably be in Dayton, Ohio, which is just a two-hour bus journey to Indianapolis, the place at the least the league’s automated qualifier will probably be headed for the NCAA Tournament. Participants within the NCAA Tournament should produce seven consecutive days of unfavourable COVID-19 assessments to enter the “controlled environment” in Indianapolis; this may enable the A-10’s event candidates to be inactive on the bulk of these days.

The ladies’s event now will probably be carried out March 10-14, with the location in Richmond unchanged.

Because the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship doesn’t start till March 21, three days after the boys’s event, these groups from the Atlantic 10 that do qualify nonetheless could have at the least seven days between the shut of convention event competitors and the beginning of the NCAAs.

Several of probably the most profitable males’s basketball groups within the Atlantic 10 this season have been impacted by COVID disruptions. Saint Louis, 11-3 and ranked thirty fifth by KenPom.com, has performed solely six convention video games. St. Bonaventure has managed to play 11 convention video games however solely bought in two non-league video games and stands 10-3.

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