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How strong is the A-10?

Shaka Smart and VCU made waves in last year's NCAA tournament, but that doesn't seem to have brought the Atlantic 10 conference all that much respect. Smart defended the A-10 from Mike Krzyzewski, who said on Saturday that the conference had too many teams in the NCAA tournament. Krzyzewski believed that NC State should have gotten an at-large bid because of the relative strength of the ACC and A-10, but Smart said on Monday that there's no point in comparing leagues in terms of tournament seeding. It's not as though the A-10's teams are sneaking into the tournament -- out of the six teams, the lowest winning percentage (Dayton) is .696

What do you make of the number of teams (six) the A-10 conference sent to the NCAA tournament?

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VCU ended the regular season one game behind Saint Louis in the Atlantic-10 standings and the Rams were topped once again by the Billikens in the conference tournament. Will things play out the same this season? How will George Mason fare in its new league?

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2013-14 A-10 basketball teams

Dayton

Dayton

2012-13 overall: 17-14
2013 Atlantic 10: 7-9

Duquesne

Duquesne

2012-13 overall: 8-22
2013 Atlantic 10: 1-15

Fordham

Fordham

2012-13 overall: 7-24
2013 Atlantic 10: 3-13

George Mason

George Mason

2012-13 overall: 22-16
2013 CAA: 10-8

G. Washington

G. Washington

2012-13 overall: 13-17
2013 Atlantic 10: 7-9

La Salle

La Salle

2012-13 overall: 24-10
2013 Atlantic 10: 11-5

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

2012-13 overall: 21-12
2013 Atlantic 10: 9-7

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

2012-13 overall: 8-21
2013 Atlantic 10: 3-13

Richmond

Richmond

2012-13 overall: 19-15
2013 Atlantic 10: 8-8

Saint Joseph's

Saint Joseph's

2012-13 overall: 18-14
2013 Atlantic 10: 8-8

Saint Louis

Saint Louis

2012-13 overall: 28-7
2013 Atlantic 10: 13-3

St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure

2012-13 overall: 14-15
2013 Atlantic 10: 7-9

VCU

VCU

2012-13 overall: 27-9
2013 Atlantic 10: 12-4

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He might be playing for the Detroit Pistons, but that doesn't mean Peyton Siva has forgotten about his old team. On Tuesday, Siva told ESPN.com that the Louisville Cardinals "really aren't missing anything" and will be "better" and "more talented" than the group that claimed the 2012-13 NCAA title. How do the Cardinals stack up against the presumed contenders in 2013-14? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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Wichita State Shockers mascotRobert Hanashiro/USA TODAY SportsWichita State shocked (sorry) college hoops by reaching the Final Four in 2013. Can it happen again?

Wichita State. VCU. Butler, twice. In the last four years, teams from non-power conferences have blasted through the brackets and into the Final Four -- and done pretty well while there. So, as we look ahead to the 2013-14 college hoops season, we're wondering: Which teams are most likely to repeat the feat come March? Jason King has his top 10. Where do they rank for you? Click on the boxes to make your picks!

March Mid-Major Sleepers

Boise State

Boise State

2012-13: 21-11 (lost in NCAA tournament First Four)

Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast

2012-13: 26-11 (lost in NCAA tournament Sweet 16)

Harvard

Harvard

2012-13: 20-10 (lost in NCAA tournament third round)

La Salle

La Salle

2012-13: 24-10 (lost in NCAA tournament Sweet 16)

Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech

2012-13: 27-7 (lost in NIT second round)

Saint Louis

Saint Louis

2012-13: 28-7 (lost in NCAA tournament third round)

Southern

Southern

2012-13: 23-10 (lost in NCAA tournament second round)

Towson

Towson

2012-13: 18-13 (ineligible for 2013 postseason due to academic performance)

VCU

VCU

2012-13: 27-9 (lost in NCAA tournament third round)

Wichita State

Wichita State

2012-13: 30-9 (lost in NCAA tournament Final Four)

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