Atlantic 10 men’s basketball adds strength
The Atlantic 10 conference for the time being has 16 teams competing in men’s basketball…by this time next year Temple University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will be gone. Temple University (13-3) led the then 14-team conference standings in 2011-12 followed by St Louis University (12-4), Xavier University (10-6), St Bonaventure University (10-6), the University of Massachusetts (9-7), La Salle University (9-7) and Dayton University (9-7.) The bottom seven in the A 10 were St Joseph’s University (9-7), Duquesne University (7-9), University of Richmond (7-9), University of North Carolina-Charlotte (5-11), George Washington University (5-11), Rhode Island University (4-12) and Fordham University (3-13.)
In the 2012-13 season Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University will play in the conference. The exiting teams (at the end of the Spring sports schedule) are Temple who is heading to the Big East and UNC-Charlotte who is going to Conference USA.
The incoming teams bring some heft to the basketball part of the Atlantic 10: in the last three seasons these teams have a combined three Final Four appearances; Butler has appeared in the Final Four twice recently (2010, 2011) while VCU has one recent Final Four appearance (2011.) As a matter of fact these two teams played each other in the Final Four semi-final game in 2011. Butler appeared in the Final Four title game in 2010 and 2011.
Roster Turnover Typical
This year there is the typical turnover of rosters in the Atlantic 10 and you can expect a different order of finish than in 2011-12. VCU and Butler should make an instant impact on the league based on a strong recent history in both postseason and regular season play. Xavier has lost all five of its starters from last season while St Joseph’s returns all five of its starters.
Temple has been in the Atlantic 10 since the 1982-83 season years while UNC-Charlotte has been competing in the A 10 since the 2005-06 sports season.
Here are the 16 Atlantic 10 teams with their returning starters versus lost starters (to graduation)…
- School…number returning/ number lost
- Butler University…4/1
- University of North Carolina-Charlotte…3/2
- Dayton University…3/2
- Duquesne University…2/3
- Fordham University…4/1
- George Washington University…3/2
- La Salle University…4/1
- University of Massachusetts…4/1
- Rhode Island University…2/3
- University of Richmond…3/2
- St Bonaventure University…3/2
- St Joseph’s University…5/0
- St Louis University…4/1
- Temple University…2/3
- Virginia Commonwealth University…4/1
- Xavier University…0/5