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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:57 p.m.

Atlantic 10 announces 2012-13 men’s basketball conference match-ups

GW's bench watches as the final seconds tick out on its loss in the first round of the 2012 A-10 tournament. Hatchet File Photo

Updated June 5, 3:18 p.m

The Atlantic 10 announced the league match-ups for the upcoming season today, releasing the field of 16 games for each program that will feature a GW–La Salle home-and-away partnership.

The Colonials will face each other conference opponent once. GW will host Butler, Charlotte, Dayton, Fordham, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and Temple, and will travel to Duquesne, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, VCU and Xavier.

“The Atlantic 10 race is going to be a battle no matter how teams are paired, so we’re just thrilled to be participating in arguably one of the top 5 conferences in all of college basketball,” head coach Mike Lonergan said in a release. “I look forward to seeing Butler come for the first time, our rivals Temple and Charlotte come for final conference games, and postseason teams St. Bonaventure, Dayton, La Salle and Saint Louis visit the Smith Center this coming season.”

In addition to the GW-La Salle two-game matchup, the other programs in the league paired off in their respective schedules. The teams that will face each other twice are as follows: Butler and Saint Louis, Charlotte and Temple, Dayton and Xavier, Duquesne and St. Bonaventure, Fordham and Saint Joseph’s, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Richmond and VCU.

“The whole conference schedule will provide some exciting challenges to our players and some attractive games for our fans,” Lonergan said. “We are looking forward to working hard this summer to improve our team and prepare for what should be a historic season in the A-10.”

Dates and times of the games will be announced at a later date.