BROOKLYN – Conferences that play their tournaments at home sites have their charm, and for smaller leagues like America East and the NEC, it makes some economic sense.
But there’s nothing like getting everyone together in one place. Alas, the Atlantic 10’s gathering is the last in Brooklyn, at least for three years. The ACC is coming to Brooklyn next season, so the A-10 will head to Pittsburgh in 2017, then to Washington, D.C. in 2018. Presumably when they come back to Brooklyn in 2019, it will be a week earlier, which for us is a shame because it will likely conflict with the MAAC and other local mid-major tournaments that are played that weekend.
So, as perhaps the final Friday quadruple Atlantic 10 quarterfinal we’ll see for a while, here’s a running diary of sorts of what transpired.
Per tradition, I did my semi-annual walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, but with soaring March temperatures, the trip was slower than usual and I was filled with sweat upon arrival at the Barclays Center. But the warm weather helped the Dayton painted crew I first met a couple of years ago. Actually, they were different guys, the tradition has been going on for more than a decade with different students.
So without further ado, here’s what I thought of the day in real time. We laughed, we cried, we thought, we ate. And we watched VCU’s band and Red Panda Acrobat in the same game: