The 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament continues on Saturday with its semifinal matchups, but it will do so without its No. 1 seed, the Temple Owls. The No. 8 UMass Minutemen upset the Owls (ranked No. 21/24 in the polls) on Friday afternoon, 77-71. The Minutemen were down by five points at halftime and roared back in the second half with 46 points to the Owls' 35. Massachusetts will face the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the first game on Saturday.
The No. 2 Saint Louis Billikens will play the No. 3 Xavier Musketeers, after defeating the La Salle Explorers, 78-71 on Friday night. The Musketeers reached this point by mounting a furious charge in the second half against the Dayton Flyers. Xavier pulled out the 70-69 win with Mark Lyons hitting the game-winning layup with 21 second left in the game. Dayton missed two shots in the remaining time and completed its collapse from a 10-point halftime lead.
Click here for a complete bracket. Below is the schedule for Saturday's semifinal round:
|Saturday, March 10||Time (ET)||TV|
|Game 9: No. 8 Massachusetts vs. No. 4 St. Bonaventure
||1:00 p.m||CBS Sports Network|
|Game 10: No. 2 Saint Louis vs. No. 3 Xavier
||3:30 p.m.||CBS Sports Network|
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