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-The A-10 has announced the seeding for the conference tournament. Xavier has the top seed and will play the winner of UMass v. UD. Duquesne, who led the conference for a portion of the year, did manage to retain the last bye thanks to their February 2 win over George Washington. For visual people, the bracket is here. Swing back by this week for a more detailed analysis (if you can imagine such a thing).

-Boardwalk Hall in beautiful (I'm told) Atlantic City, NJ will host the A-10 tourney. Ticket packages start as low as $75, so we're expecting our Jersey readers with disposable income and Friday afternoons free will be in attendance for Xavier's game(s).  The A-10's contract with Boardwalk Hall expires after next year; rumors abound regarding where it may end up next, but little of substance has been reported at this time.


-In case you missed it over the weekend, XU's Director of Basketball Administration Mario Mercurio is nearing contracts with IPFW, Morgan St., and Oral Roberts for games at Cintas next year. It is our studied opinion here at the Examiner that Mr. Mercurio is the best Directer of Basketball Administration Xavier has ever had.

-UNC-Asheville, Belmont, Morehead State, and Indiana State have all punched their tickets to the NCAA tournament. I wonder what these teams who clinch two weeks before they're going to play do in the time that they have to wait. That has to be a tough situation for a coach.

 -Several sources are talking about Belmont as a legit sleeper for the Sweet 16. Ken Pomeroy has them as the #20 team in the nation, so I suppose it wouldn't be that surprising to see them make a run. Examiner favorite Ballin' is a Habit has a great look at the Belmont team here.