“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Atlantic 10 to be creative in scheduling and rescheduling throughout the regular season,” A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said. “Altering our championship dates provides additional time for our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and institutions to adjust to additional COVID-19 protocols in preparation for the A-10 championships and postseason play. I am so appreciative to our media partners who have all agreed to adjust our television windows and dates, making this concept work. I also commend the Presidents and Athletic Directors for having the foresight to make this adjustment and allow for the flexibility in the dates of each championship.”
The A-10 also revealed how it will seed the tournaments with most teams playing a different number of games because of COVID-19 postponements.
“Teams above 60 percent of the median number of conference games played by all 14 teams will be seeded by conference winning percentage,” the A-10 announced. “Teams below that 60 percent threshold will be seeded using the NCAA NET ranking, relative to all A-10 teams. Additionally, teams below the 60 percent threshold will not be eligible for the regular season title.”
The men’s tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Brooklyn, N.Y. The A-10 announced in January it was moving the event to a campus site and then revealed on Jan. 26 the event would be split between two campuses in Richmond.
This will be the first time Dayton has hosted the championship game since 2003 and 2004. It beat Temple in the final at UD Arena in 2003 and lost to Xavier in the final at at UD Arena a year later. Until this year, the event had been held at neutral sites since 2007.