Atlantic 10 set for its last hand in Atlantic City

DAN GELSTON AP Basketball Writer Published:

Down on the boardwalk, they're getting ready for the Atlantic 10 tournament's final championship round.

The conference home to NCAA tournament regulars like Temple and Xavier is playing its last conference tournament this weekend in Atlantic City, N.J. Next year, it moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade says the tournament deserves to be showcased in the No. 1 media market in the country. The A-10 has earned three bids to the NCAA tournament and sent a team to the round of 16 for the last four years. But attendance at its conference tourney hasn't always matched the national success over the years of its 14 members.

It indeed is a time of change in the A-10. The conference is finding a new postseason home and the Owls are bolting for the Big East after next season.