For the third straight year, the Atlantic 10 Men’s college basketball conference will hold its end of the year tournament and championship right here in Brooklyn. Including several of the nation’s most notable programs, the Atlantic 10 is a very exciting conference, and the tournament looks to continue its top tradition: exciting games played at a high level.
In the last A10 tournament at the Barclays, Saint Joseph’s beat Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in a nail-biting 65-61 championship game. VCU will look to redeem itself this year, as the Rams are currently ranked first in the conference and 18th in the country in both major rankings — the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls. While no other teams from the A10 are currently in the either poll’s top 25, Dayton is on the fringe and Rhode Island has earned some love as well. With these high-quality teams adding to the excitement of the upcoming tournament, we’re prepared for just about anything from this dynamic collection of young athletes.
Upsets and exciting games are a staple of college basketball, and we would not be surprised to see some wild showdowns in Brooklyn come March. The tournament will lead into the wildly popular NCAA Tournament known to many as March Madness, providing a sneak preview of the buzzer beaters and dunks to come. The winner of the A10 Tourney will, as always, be granted an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament to compete in the madness.
With so much at stake, we are excited to enjoy the competition right here in Brooklyn at the renowned Barclays Center. The dark, shaded stands and brilliantly-lit court will provide the perfect amount of dramatic spotlight on these high-intensity games. Alongside an excellent viewing experience, guests of the Barclays Center will have the pleasure of enjoying some of the borough’s best artisanal food and craft beer during the games. Considering the amenities, the competition and the prize, we are thinking that the 2015 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Barclays Center will provide a great time for hoops aficionados and more casual basketball fans alike.
2015 Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center
March 10-15, 2015
620 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217