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The Atlantic 10 a BCS Conference?

There has been a big debate about the Atlantic 10 over the years.  

Is the A-10 a mid-major or BCS conference?

Based on this season, there is no debate. The Atlantic 10 could get as many as five teams in the NCAA Tournament.

Temple (20-5) and Richmond (20-6) are both ranked. Xavier (17-7) is among the list of teams who received votes in the AP poll, while Charlotte (18-6) and Rhode Island (19-5) have proven themselves worthy of consideration.

Dayton (17-7) and St. Louis (16-8) have both had strong seasons and will be on the NCAA bubble.

For those who don't follow college basketball closely, this isn't the first time the A-10 had multiple teams worthy of tournament inclusion. The conference has had at least three teams selected in six of the last 10 seasons. Four teams got the call in 2004.

Last year Temple, Xavier and Dayton made the tourney. Not bad for a conference many consider part of the mid-major pack. 

From year to year the Atlantic 10 doesn't have the depth of the Big East, Big 12, ACC, etc... But the elite of the A-10 has proven it can play with any team in the country. It already has victories over Villanova, Mississippi State, Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.   

 What people will remember most is what the A-10 does in the NCAA Tournament. Outside of UMass making the Final Four under John Calipari and Temple's multiple Elite 8 appreances under John Chaney, the conference needs to prove it can play with the big boys in the Big Dance. Now that is another story.

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