Xeyrius Williams celebrating the victory over VCU. David Jablonski/Staff
The top-seeded Dayton Flyers will open the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in the quarterfinals at noon Friday against No. 8 seed Fordham or No. 9 seed Richmond.
The A-10 released the bracket late Saturday night after Dayton beat Virginia Commonwealth 68-67 in overtime at UD Arena. That was the last regular-season game of the year for the conference. The final day lived up to the unpredictability of the season.
Dayton (24-6, 14-4) earned the No. 1 seed because Duquesne (16-15, 11-12) ended an eight-game losing streak with a 78-70 victory at St. Joseph’s on Senior Day for the Hawks. St. Joseph’s (24-7, 13-5) fell to the No. 4 seed.
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Dayton, VCU (22-9, 14-4) and St. Bonaventure (22-7, 14-4) tied for first. It’s the first three-way tie atop the conference — not counting years in which the A-10 had divisional play — since Villanova, Duquesne and Rutgers tied at 7-3 in 1980. Xavier, George Washington and Dayton tied for the West Division crown at 11-5 in 1998.
With the regular season in the books, here’s the schedule for the A-1o tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn:
Wednesday (American Sports Network): No. 12 George Mason vs. No. 13 Saint Louis, 6:30 p.m.; No. 11 Duquesne vs. No. 14 La Salle, 9 p.m.
Thursday (NBC Sports Network): No. 8 Fordham vs. No. 9 Richmond, noon; No. 5 George Washington vs. George Mason or Saint Louis, 2:30 p.m; No. 7 Rhode Island vs. No. 10 Massachusetts, 6:30 p.m.; No. 6 Davidson vs. Duquesne or La Salle, 9 p.m.
Friday quarterfinals (NBC Sports Network): No. 1 Dayton vs. Fordham or Richmond, noon; No. 4 St. Joseph’s vs. George Washington, George Mason or Saint Louis, 2:30 p.m.; No. 2 VCU vs. Rhode Island or UMass, 6:30 p.m.; No. 3 St. Bonaventure vs. Davidson or Duquesne or La Salle, 9 p.m.
Saturday semifinals (CBS Sports Network): Dayton, Fordham or Richmond vs. St. Joseph’s, George Washington, George Mason or Saint Louis, 1:30 p.m.; VCU, Rhode Island or UMass vs. St. Bonaventure, Davidson, Duquesne or La Salle, 4 p.m.