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WATCH: VCU-George Mason headlines terrific NBCSN double-header

Marquette v VCU

LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 20: Head coach Mike Rhoades of the VCU Rams sends in instructions to his players during the second half of the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Lahaina Civic Center on November 20, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

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There is a terrific double-header in the Atlantic 10 on Saturday afternoon on NBCSN, and it’s headlined by what could end up being a battle for first place in the conference.

As things currently stand, George Mason is sitting in first place in the conference, having won five straight games and eight of their last nine with what has turned into the best defense in the league. But the Patriots are going to be tested, as they look to win their fifth straight A-10 road game by going into the Siegel Center and picking off VCU, a defensive stalwart of their own.

Mike Rhoades has Havoc thriving in Richmond once again, as the Rams are a top ten defensive nationally. The energy is back in the VCU program, and there is truly nothing better than a battle for first place played in VCU’s building.

Well, actually there is.

When that battle for first place pits two Virginia programs that, less than a decade ago, were the pillars of the CAA as the two mid-majors programs that had made a run to the Final Four.

That should be a great nightcap.

The early game?

UMass and Luwane Pipkins heading to Philly to take on a super-talented but totally enigmatic St. Joseph’s team that has the talent to win the league and is currently sitting at 2-6 in the league.

  • UMASS at SAINT JOSEPH’S, Sat. 4:30 p.m.
  • GEORGE MASON at VCU, Sat. 6:30 p.m.