Feb 23, 2013; Fairfax, VA, USA; George Mason Patriots forward/center Erik Copes (4) and guard Bryon Allen (0) celebrate after defeating the William & Mary Tribe during the second half at Patriot Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Atlantic 10 Basketball: George Mason Officially Added To A-10, Is Davidson Next?


In the conference shuffling that’s gone on in the past six or eight months, the Atlantic 10 has been hit pretty hard. First they lost Charlotte to Conference USA. Then Temple to the old Big East (now the American Athletic Conference). And most recently, Butler and Xavier made the jump to the new Big East. Sixteen teams to twelve, just like that. In fairness, 16 might be a little too many, especially when, you know, the number 10 is right in your conference’s name.

But the Atlantic 10 did not stand pat at 12 for very long. Not long after Butler and Xavier announced they were jumping ship, the A-10 announced that they would be adding George Mason University. The Patriots, out of the Colonial Athletic Association, will become a full member in the 2013-14 season. It looks to be a solid add; GMU finished last season at 22-16, earned a berth into the CBI and actually made it all the way to the finals before falling to Santa Clara.

That brings the conference up to 13 teams, but the A-10 is not stopping there. Rumors surfaced about a week and a half ago that Davidson could be the next school to make the jump to the Atlantic 10. Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports was the first to report that the current Southern Conference member could join up for the 2014-15 season, pending an approval from the University’s board of trustees.

So if you’re keeping score at home, the Atlantic 10 now contains:

Dayton
Duquesne
Fordham
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Richmond
St. Bonaventure
St. Joseph’s
St. Louis
Virginia Commonwealth
Davidson?

Take a look at that list. And take a look at how some of those teams performed last season in basketball, as well as other sports. And to all the Big East chest-thumpers and all the A-10 fans that feel “THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!111!!!”, we have to say…

That looks like a damn good conference.

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