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1996-97 Atlantic 10 Conference Season Summary

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Record: 190-162, .540 W-L% (6th of 31) (Schedule and Results)
*Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games.
SRS: 7.90 (7th of 31) ▪ SOS: 5.98 (7th of 31)

Regular Season Champion: Saint Joseph's (East) and Xavier (West)
Tournament Champion: Saint Joseph's

NCAA Tournament: 5 (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Xavier)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(George Washington and Massachusetts)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Saint Joseph's and Xavier)

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Standings

Conference Overall PTS/G SRS
Rk East W L W-L% W L W-L% Own Opp SRS SOS
1 Saint Joseph'sRT 13 3 .813 26 7 .788 71.2 66.0 13.0 7.7
2 Rhode Island 12 4 .750 20 10 .667 80.7 70.6 16.5 6.4
3 Massachusetts 11 5 .688 19 14 .576 66.7 65.2 10.6 9.1
4 Temple 10 6 .625 20 11 .645 66.3 60.6 14.7 9.0
5 St. Bonaventure  5 11 .313 14 14 .500 69.9 69.6 5.3 5.0
6 Fordham  1 15 .063 6 21 .222 61.6 71.3 -5.8 3.8
Rk West W L W-L% W L W-L% Own Opp SRS SOS
1 XavierR 13 3 .813 23 6 .793 83.2 72.3 16.1 5.3
2 George Washington  8 8 .500 15 14 .517 67.1 63.7 10.4 7.0
3 Virginia Tech  7 9 .438 15 16 .484 61.1 59.8 6.4 5.1
4 Dayton  6 10 .375 13 14 .481 70.5 69.3 3.5 2.3
5 La Salle  5 11 .313 10 17 .370 65.8 68.5 2.1 4.8
5 Duquesne  5 11 .313 9 18 .333 73.3 77.4 2.0 6.2

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/10 12/17 12/24 12/31 1/7 1/14 1/21 1/28 2/4 2/11 2/18 2/25 3/4 Final
Saint Joseph's                               23 19 12
Xavier       23 19 17 17 17 12 14 16 20 17 19 16 14 11 13
George Washington 24 24 25                              
Massachusetts 15 15 17                              

Conference Tournament


First Round
Wed, Mar 5Dayton75@St. Bonaventure81
Wed, Mar 5Duquesne47@Temple64
Wed, Mar 5Fordham53@Virginia Tech56
Wed, Mar 5Massachusetts64@La Salle49

Quarterfinal
Thu, Mar 6Xavier62@Temple69
Thu, Mar 6George Washington58@Massachusetts49
Thu, Mar 6St. Bonaventure59@Saint Joseph's75
Thu, Mar 6Rhode Island67@Virginia Tech63

Semifinal
Fri, Mar 7George Washington70@Saint Joseph's78
Fri, Mar 7Rhode Island69@Temple66

Final
Sat, Mar 8Rhode Island56@Saint Joseph's61

NCAA Tournament

First Round
Massachusetts lost (65-57) versus Louisville (East Regional)
Rhode Island lost (83-76) versus Purdue (Southeast Regional)
Saint Joseph's won (75-65) versus Pacific (West Regional)
Temple won (62-40) versus Mississippi (Midwest Regional)
Xavier won (80-68) versus Vanderbilt (Midwest Regional)

Second Round
Saint Joseph's won (81-77) versus Boston College (West Regional)
Temple lost (76-57) versus Minnesota (Midwest Regional)
Xavier lost (96-83) versus UCLA (Midwest Regional)

Regional Semifinal
Saint Joseph's lost (83-68) versus Kentucky (West Regional)