Can VCU keep the A-10's 13-year streak of multiple tournament bids alive?

Marcus Evans leads VCU in points, assists and steals -- and will have to hope for an at-large bid. M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire

The Atlantic 10 has been a multi-bid league in the NCAA tournament for 13 straight years and 26 of the past 28. It has averaged 3.2 bids per season for the better part of three decades, including a high of six as recently as 2014. It is not a "mid-major" conference by any definition.

So the pressure on VCU for the balance of the 2018-19 campaign is suddenly enormous. The Rams, 15-6 overall (6-2 in the A-10) heading into Wednesday's game at George Washington, are the A-10's only realistic hope for an at-large bid. If the Rams either get the league's automatic bid or falter down the stretch, the conference could well be looking at one-bid status on Selection Sunday.

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