A-10 Notes: Saint Louis Billikens to hire Travis Ford

Saint Louis fired men’s basketball coach Jim Crews minutes after the Billikens lost in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on March 11 and, according to reports, found a new coach Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Travis Ford will be the new coach. He was fired by Oklahoma State after the season. He was 155-111 in eight seasons with five NCAA Tournament appearances. Ford coached in the A-10 from 2005-08 when he was the head coach at Massachusetts.

Saint Louis has not officially announced the hiring and released a statement Wednesday: “Saint Louis University has not hired a men’s basketball coach. The process is ongoing. Information on an introductory press conference will be sent once a coach is hired.”

In other A-10 news:

• Virginia Commonwealth coach Will Wade, who was rumored to be in the mix for the vacant job at Vanderbilt, signed a contract extension through 2024 on Tuesday. He led the Rams to 25 victories and a share of the A-10 regular season title with the Dayton Flyers and St. Bonaventure in his first season.

• DeAndre Bembry, the A-10 Player of the Year last season when he averaged 17.4 points per game, announced Monday he has hired an agent and will enter the NBA draft. That means the Hawks, who won the A-10 tournament, will lose their top three scorers. Isaiah Miles (18.1 points per game) and Aaron Brown (10.4) were seniors.

• George Washington beat San Diego State 65-46 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Colonials (23-10) will play Valparaiso at 7 p.m. Thursday in the championship game.

Dayton was the last A-10 team to win the NIT in 2010. St. Bonaventure won the NIT in 1977, the first season of existence for the conference.

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