This is part 27 of a 32-part series previewing every conference tournament in the country. We'll detail what you need to keep track of in each tournament and the various stakes for each team.
Rhode Island 13-5
St Bonaventure 11-7
George Washington 10-8
George Mason 9-9
St Louis 6-12
St Joseph's 4-14
They're playing in Pittsburgh this year. All teams go. Wednesday March 8 to Sunday March 12.
1) Dayton vs. 8/9) LaSalle/Davidson
4) Rhode Island vs. 5/12/13) St Bonaventure/UMass/St Joseph's
3) Richmond vs. 6/11/14) George Washington/St Louis/Duquesne
2) VCU vs. 7/10) George Mason/Fordham
I think both VCU and Dayton are home free to bids. The seed won't exactly be high, but I can't imagine excluding either team from the tournament at this stage. Their profiles have both mostly avoided disaster, even if they're a bit light. The middle of the A-10 is kind of a jumbled mess, so dominating the conference doesn't have the value it's had in years past. It'll cost Dayton and VCU about 3 or so seed lines over what they would probably usually expect.
Rhode Island is your token bubble team. Obviously they've got to get to the semis to have a chance, and then it's probably a signature win chance against Dayton. Probably a pretty clear example of win-and-in, lose-and-out that you'll find this week. URI needs more quality wins; there's one right there.
Richmond's a NIT bubble team; I don't think anyone else is good enough to get to the NIT. This leaves GMU, GWU, LaSalle, Davidson, and Bonventure all for the CBI/CIT, if they care.