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Butler in the Atlantic 10 just makes sense

Mar 19, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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Butler’s days of being the big dog in the Horizon League may be over. The Bulldogs appear to be headed to the Atlantic 10 as the eventual replacement for Temple.

If you’re gonna replace the Owls with a school, Butler’s ideal for a college hoops-centric league.

The move’s been rumored for weeks – here’s the latest tweet regarding the news – and would give the hoops-proud program a bigger profile. A-10 teams play more games on national TV and feature schools in larger TV markets. NYC, Philadelphia, Washington (along with St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Charlotte) would be better than the Horizon’s cities of Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

The bigger bonus? The A-10 isn’t a one-bid league.

If Butler wins the Horizon, but stumbles in the conference tournament, it might have a long wait on Selection Sunday without a happy ending. The A-10 usually reduces those odds.

Just don’t expect Butler to dominate the A-10. The school features a strong college hoops focus, but it doesn’t spend like A-10 power Xavier. It doesn’t have the resources.

Still, this isn’t a team that needs money to thrive. We all learned that in 2010 and 2011.

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  1. baseballbarrister - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Really hope this happens, it would be terrific for the A-10. Not not would the league be getting a great university(and an awesome tweeting bulldog mascot), it would help balance the league geographically. Currently SLU is an outpost in a conference heavily dominated by eastern teams. Here’s hoping this happens soon!

    • tribeallica - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      I’m was extremely disappointed when I hard Temple was jumping to the Big East. Can’t blame them. A good move for them overall, but bad for the A-10. Adding Butler would be a nice replacement. Go Bonnies!

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