Dan Hurley came into the Atlantic 10 with high expectations for Rhode Island. The program had been so close to making the NCAA Tournament from 2002 to 2011, but fell victim to the NIT. Coach Jim Baron had done an excellent job with the program but couldn’t get over the hump. Then came in Hurley.
The Atlantic 10 Conference has been one odd, yet exciting conference to watch this season. At the top you have Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, and Davidson, followed by a middle class that’s been its deepest in years. A total of nine teams, tournament seeded 4-12, finished with conference records three games apart from each other.