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Atlantic 10 Conference

The Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly on the United States' Eastern seaboard. The league was created in 1975 and began play in the 1976-77 season.1)

The conference was first named the ECBL (Eastern Collegiate Basketball League), then next season went to the simpler “Eastern 8”. The name changed to the Atlantic 10 for the 1982-83 academic year.

Though the name implies ten member institutions, the league has always had a fluctuation in number of members.

Massachusetts had been a member of the A-10 since the league's inception, having moved over from the Yankee Conference in 1976. UMass will move to the MAC for almost all sports, basketball included, effective July 1, 2025,2) in a move driven entirely by football.

Men's Basketball members and alignment


Since the 2022-23 season, the A-10 manages 15 schools in one division. Each school plays all other schools once, with four schools matched in a home-and-home series, for an 18-game schedule.3)

SchoolLocationHome VenueCapacity
DavidsonDavidson, NCJohn M. Belk Arena5,223
DaytonDayton, OHUniversity of Dayton Arena13,435
DuquesnePittsburgh, PAUPMC Cooper Fieldhouse3,500
FordhamBronx, NYRose Hill Gymnasium3,470
George WashingtonWashington, DCSmith Center4,338
George MasonFairfax, VAPatriot Center10,000
La SallePhiladelphia, PATom Gola Arena4,000
Loyola ChicagoChicago, ILJoseph J. Gentile Arena4,963
MassachusettsAmherst, MAWilliam D. Mullins Memorial Center9,493
Rhode IslandKingston, RIRyan Center7,657
RichmondRichmond, VARobins Center9,071
Saint BonaventureSaint Bonaventure, NYReilly Center5,480
Saint Joseph'sPhiladelphia, PAHagan Arena4,200
Saint LouisSaint Louis, MOChaifetz Arena10,600
VCURichmond, VASiegel Center7,500

Membership history

1976-77 8 League formed with Duquesne, George Washington, Massachusetts, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova, West Virginia. East Division: GW, UM, Rut, Vill. West Division: Duq, Pitt, PSU, WV.
1978-79 8 Two division format scrapped in favor of single division.
1979-80 8 Saint Bonaventure joins the conference, while Penn State leaves to play as an independent for three seasons.
1980-81 8 Rhode Island joins the conference as Villanova leaves for the Big East.
1982-83 10 Major changes as Pittsburgh leaves for the Big East. New members: Temple and Saint Joseph's. Penn State re-joins league. Atlantic 10 name begins. Two division alignment resumes. East: UM, URI, Rut, SJU, Tem. West: Duq, GW, PSU, SBU, WV.
1983-84 10 Two division format scrapped in favor of single division. League schedule expands to 18 games.
1991-92 9 Penn State leaves for the Big 10. Atlantic 10 name doesn't match reality for first time in many years to come. League schedule reduced to 16 games.
1992-93 8 Duquesne takes a one-year hiatus from the league (playing in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference), leaving A-10 with 8 teams. League schedule reduced to 14 games with the membership drop.
1993-94 9 Duquesne re-joins league, A-10 back to 9 teams, and schedule back to 16 games.
1995-96 12 Shakeup again. Rutgers and West Virginia leave for the Big East. (Temple and Virginia Tech had also applied to join the Big East, but were passed over.) Newcomers: Dayton, Fordham, La Salle, VA Tech, Xavier. Back to two divisions. East: For, UM, URI, SBU, SJU, Tem. West: Day, Duq, GW, La Salle, VA Tech, Xav. Each division opponent played twice, other division opponents played once, total of 16 games.
2000-01 11 Virginia Tech leaves for the Big East. League aligns in an 11-team single division, maintains 16-game schedule.
2001-02 12 Richmond joins. League resumes two division format with Richmond taking Virginia Tech's place in the West.
2005-06 14 Charlotte and Saint Louis join. Single division format used again. Each opponent is played once, with three “rivals” played twice, for total of 16 games.
2012-13 16 VCU joins the league in an immediate transition from the Colonial Athletic Association.4) Butler, from the Horizon League, does the same.5) Each opponent is played once, with one “rival” played twice.
2013-14 13 Temple6) and Charlotte7) complete their plans to depart. Temple to the American Athletic Conference, Charlotte to Conference USA. The new Big East takes Butler and Xavier.8) George Mason moves from the Colonial to A-10.9) 16-game schedule remains.10)
2014-15 14 Davidson joins, moving from the Southern Conference.11) Conference schedule expands to 18 games.12)
Late 2010s 14 Rumors about Dayton and St. Louis eyeing the reformed Big East, but those have died down, as the A-10 has not shifted focus back to football.13)14)
2022-23 15 Loyola Chicago joins, moving from the Missouri Valley.15) The conference maintains an 18-game schedule, but home-and-home matchups get reduced from five to four.

Timeline on Wikipedia

Men's Basketball champions

SeasonTournament ChampionHead CoachRunner-UpTournament SiteRegular Season Champions
1976-77DuquesneJohn CinicolaVillanovaSpectrum, Philadelphia PAE-Rutgers; W-West Virginia, Penn State
1977-78VillanovaRoland V. MassiminoWest VirginiaCivic Arena, Pittsburgh PARutgers/Villanova
1978-79RutgersTom YoungPittsburghCampus sites / Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PAVillanova
1979-80VillanovaRoland V. MassiminoWest VirginiaCampus sites / Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PAVillanova/Duquesne/Rutgers
1980-81PittsburghDr. Roy ChipmanDuquesneCampus sites / Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PARhode Island/Duquesne
1981-82PittsburghDr. Roy ChipmanWest VirginiaCampus sites / Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PAWest Virginia
1982-83West VirginiaGale CatlettTempleCampus sites / Civic Arena, Pittsburgh PA / Spectrum, Philadelphia PAE-Rutgers; W-St. Bonaventure
1983-84West VirginiaGale CatlettSt. BonaventureWVU Coliseum, Morgantown WVTemple
1984-85TempleJohn ChaneyRutgersThe RAC, Piscataway NJWest Virginia
1985-86Saint Joseph’sJim BoyleWest VirginiaCampus sites / Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford NJSaint Joseph’s
1986-87TempleJohn ChaneyWest VirginiaCampus sitesTemple
1987-88TempleJohn ChaneyRhode IslandWVU Coliseum, Morgantown WVTemple
1988-89RutgersBob WenzelPenn StatePalestra, Philadelphia PA / The RAC, Piscataway NJWest Virginia
1989-90TempleJohn ChaneyMassachusettsPalestra / McGonigle Hall, both Philadelphia PATemple
SeasonTournament ChampionHead CoachRunner-UpTournament SiteRegular Season Champions
1990-91Penn StateBruce ParkhillGeorge WashingtonPalestra, Philadelphia PA / Rec Hall, University Park PARutgers
1991-92MassachusettsJohn CalipariWest VirginiaMcGonigle Hall / Palestra, both Philadelphia PA / Curry Hicks Cage, Amherst MAMassachusetts
1992-93MassachusettsJohn CalipariTemplePalestra, Philadelphia PA / Mullins Center, Amherst MAMassachusetts
1993-94MassachusettsJohn CalipariTemplePalestra, Philadelphia PA / Mullins Center, Amherst MAMassachusetts
1994-95MassachusettsJohn CalipariTemplePalestra, Philadelphia PA / Mullins Center, Amherst MAMassachusetts
1995-96MassachusettsJohn CalipariTempleCivic Center, Philadelphia PAE-Massachusetts; W-Virginia Tech, George Washington
1996-97Saint Joseph’sPhil MartelliRhode IslandSpectrum, Philadelphia PAE-Saint Joseph's; W-Xavier
1997-98XavierSkip ProsserGeorge WashingtonSpectrum, Philadelphia PAE-Temple; W-Xavier, George Washington, Dayton
1998-99Rhode IslandJim HarrickTempleSpectrum, Philadelphia PAE-Temple; W-George Washington
1999-00TempleJohn ChaneySt. BonaventureSpectrum, Philadelphia PAE-Temple; W-Dayton
2000-01TempleJohn ChaneyMassachusettsSpectrum, Philadelphia PASaint Joseph’s
2001-02XavierThad MattaRichmondSpectrum, Philadelphia PAE-Temple, Saint Joseph's; W-Xavier
2002-03DaytonOliver PurnellTempleCampus sites / UD Arena, Dayton OHE-Saint Joseph's; W-Xavier
2003-04XavierThad MattaDaytonUD Arena, Dayton OHE-Saint Joseph's; W-Dayton
2004-05George WashingtonKarl HobbsSaint Joseph’sUS Bank Arena, Cincinnati OHE-Saint Joseph's; W-George Washington
SeasonTournament ChampionHead CoachRunner-UpTournament SiteRegular Season Champions
2005-06XavierSean MillerSaint Joseph’sUS Bank Arena, Cincinnati OHGeorge Washington
2006-07George WashingtonKarl HobbsRhode IslandBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJXavier/Massachusetts
2007-08TempleFran DunphySaint Joseph’sBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJXavier
2008-09TempleFran DunphyDuquesneBoardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJXavier
2009-10TempleFran DunphyRichmondCampus sites / Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJTemple/Xavier
2010-11RichmondChris MooneyDaytonCampus sites / Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJXavier
2011-12St. BonaventureMark SchmidtXavierCampus sites / Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJTemple
2012-13Saint LouisJim CrewsVCUBarclays Center, Brooklyn NYSaint Louis
2013-14Saint Joseph’sPhil MartelliVCUBarclays Center, Brooklyn NYSaint Louis
2014-15VCUShaka SmartDaytonBarclays Center, Brooklyn NYDavidson
2015-16Saint Joseph’sPhil MartelliVCUBarclays Center, Brooklyn NYDayton/St. Bonaventure/VCU
2016-17Rhode IslandDan HurleyVCUPPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh PADayton
2017-18DavidsonBob McKillopRhode IslandCapital One Arena, Washington DCRhode Island
2018-19Saint LouisTravis FordSt. BonaventureBarclays Center, Brooklyn NYVCU
2019-20N/A canceledN/AN/ABarclays Center, Brooklyn NYDayton
SeasonTournament ChampionHead CoachRunner-UpTournament SiteRegular Season Champions
2020-21St. BonaventureMark SchmidtVCURobins Center and Siegel Center, both Richmond VA / UD Arena, Dayton OHSt. Bonaventure
2021-22RichmondChris MooneyDavidsonCapital One Arena, Washington DCDavidson
2022-23VCUMike RhoadesDaytonBarclays Center, Brooklyn NYVCU
2023-24TBDTBDTBDBarclays Center, Brooklyn NYTBD

See also

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