VCU will leave the Colonial Athletic Association to join the league. Its move follows a series of shake-ups among the A-10′s ranks, starting with the planned departure of Temple, the addition of Butler and the announced move of Charlotte from the conference. George Mason, once considered a potential new A-10 member along with VCU, announced last week that it would remain in the CAA.
A major factor behind VCU’s decision to join the Atlantic 10 is likely the increase in postseason opportunities. Both Butler and VCU are in “one-bid” leagues where traditionally, only the program that wins the conference tournament earns a NCAA tournament bid. This year, the A-10 advanced four programs to the NCAA tournament and another four to the NIT.
The Colonials faced the Rams in the BB&T Classic last season, falling 75-60.