The Rams and Spiders were picked third and sixth respectively in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll. The Spiders' T.J. Cline earned preseason all first team honors, while VCU's Mo-Alie Cox grabbed second team accolades. JeQuan Lewis of VCU and Richmond's Shawn'Dre Jones earned spots on the third team. In addition, Alie-Cox and Lewis were honored with all-defensive status. Dayton is the preseason Atlantic 10 favorite.