Atlantic 10 Conference

The Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly on the United States' Eastern seaboard.

Massachusetts has been a member of the A-10 since the league's inception. 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.

Men's Basketball members and alignment

Current

2014-15: the A-10 manages 14 schools in one division. Each school plays all other schools once, with five schools matched in a home-and-home series, for an 18-game schedule.1) This is the first time the league has used an 18-game schedule since the 1990-91 season.

SchoolLocationHome VenueCapacity
DavidsonDavidson, NCJohn M. Belk Arena5,223
DaytonDayton, OHUniversity of Dayton Arena13,435
DuquesnePittsburgh, PAA.J. Palumbo Center4,406
FordhamBronx, NYRose Hill Gymnasium3,470
George WashingtonWashington, DCSmith Center4,338
George MasonFairfax, VAPatriot Center10,000
La SallePhiladelphia, PATom Gola Arena4,000
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, VAVerizon Wireless Arena7,500

Membership history

SeasonMembersNotes
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. Newcomers: Dayton, Fordham, La Salle, Virginia 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.2) Butler, from the Horizon League, does the same.3) Each opponent is played once, with one “rival” played twice.
2013-14 13 Temple4) and Charlotte5) complete their plans to depart. Temple to the American Athletic Conference (old Big East)6), Charlotte to Conference USA. The “new Big East” takes Butler and Xavier.7) George Mason moves from the Colonial to A-10.8) 16-game schedule remains.9)
2014-15 14 Davidson joins, moving from the Southern Conference.10) Conference schedule expands to 18 games.11)
Future ? Status of Dayton and St. Louis is in question, as they have been rumored as potentially moving to the new Big East.12)13)

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