Saint Joseph's tabbed as preseason Atlantic-10 favorite

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The St. Joseph's Hawks were tabbed as the favorite in the Atlantic-10 conference during Media Day at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

At the Atlantic-10 Media Day at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Saint Joseph's Hawks were picked as the preseason favorite with 11 first place votes. Five other teams received first place votes, including Atlantic-10 newcomers Virginia Commonwealth and Butler.

Placing behind the Hawks were the Saint Louis Billikens with 10 first-place votes. VCU is third with three and the Temple Owls, UMass Minutemen and Bulldogs are fourth, fifth and sixth with two first-place votes.

Here is the complete Atlantic-10 preseason rankings according to Raphielle Johnson of College Basketball Talk:

1. Saint Joseph's (11)
2. Saint Louis (10)
3. VCU (3)
4. Temple (2)
5. Massachusetts (2)
6. Butler (2)
7. La Salle
8. Dayton
9. Xavier
10. Richmond
11. St. Bonaventure
12. Charlotte
13. George Washington
14. Fordham
15. Rhode Island
16. Duquesne

The preseason Atlantic-10 first team features Kevin Dillard of the Dayton Flyers, Chris Gaston of the Fordham Rams, Chaz Williams of the Minutemen, Kwamain Mitchell of the Billikens and Khalif Wyatt of the Owls.

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