Thursday, May 9, 2013

Atlantic 10 Adds Davidson To Conference For 2014-15

Davidson College will join the Atlantic 10 conference in 2014-15. (

The NCAA's conference realignment is basically musical chairs at this point as everyone waits for the music to stop. But the beats continue, and with it are more moves, the latest being by the Atlantic 10.

The conference announced Davidson will be the newest member of the conference in 2014-15, a move that helps fill a void for the A-10 left by the departures of Xavier and Butler (Butler played in the conference for a whopping one year).

The A-10 may have lost some of the big names that made it a great mid-major basketball conference, but it is still a huge upgrade for Davidson coming out of the Southern Conference. Coming with Davidson is George Mason, who leaves the Colonial Athletic Association, the same conference Davidson turned down last year. Yet unlike Davidson, George Mason will start its participation in the A-10 this season.

The Wildcats basketball team is coming off a 26-8 season in which they lost in the second (the former first) round of the NCAA Tournament on a last-second layup to Marquette. Davidson has reached the big dance in consecutive years, which hadn't happened since Stephen Curry (he's doing quite well for himself now) led the Wildcats to an Elite 8 appearance in 2008.

As of now, the teams that will compete against Davidson in the conference are: Rhode Island, UMass, Dayton, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Duquesne, Fordham, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Saint Louis, and VCU.

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