Atlantic 10: Davidson Possibly Leaving Southern Conference
Davidson will move from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic-10 for the 2014-15 season, according to Andy Katz of ESPN.
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) May 7, 2013
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 Dayton, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, La Salle, Fordham, Richmond, Saint Louis, George Washington, VCU, Duquesne 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.