Atlantic 10: Davidson Possibly Leaving Southern Conference

By John Engel
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Davidson will move from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic-10 for the 2014-15 season, according to Andy Katz of ESPN. 

Xavier and Butler left the A-10 for the Big East this season, making an addition necessary to fill the void of two of the conference’s elite programs. The A-10 added George Mason for the 2013-14 season.

The A-10 still retains members DaytonMassachusettsRhode IslandSaint Joseph’sLa SalleFordhamRichmondSaint LouisGeorge WashingtonVCUDuquesne and St. Bonaventure. The emergence of La Salle and the continued success of Saint Louis maintains the A-10’s reputation as being one of the nation’s top basketball conferences.

Previously, conference realignment had centered around football-oriented schools, while this spring has been all about forming basketball alliances. With the loss of Temple and Charlotte as well, A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade made a crucial move by bringing Davidson into the conference.

Davidson finished atop the South Division of the Southern Conference with a 17-1 conference record, which included a 17-game winning streak to finish the season. Their season ended with a second round loss to Marquette in the NCAA tournament.

Adding Davidson doesn’t end the worries for the A-10, however. The Big East will be poaching members from many eastern conferences since the loss of the Catholic 7 earlier this year.

John Engel is a Pac-12 basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.

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