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EVOLUTIONARY STRENGTH This basketball-centric conference has never been stronger. By Brion O'Connor GW's Maurice Creek hits a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to down Maryland in December. The 2013 Atlantic 10 Champion Saint Louis Billikens WHO'S NEXT? The Atlantic 10 is rolling out a powerful new brand that's built around the tradition, strength, and national relevance of the league at See the video, track big wins, and join the social media conversation with the hashtag #WhoWantsNext. 70 MARCH 2014 Seeds of Evolution Like basketball itself, college conferences have evolved and adapted. Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson once said, "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." And that applies to college conferences as much as it does to any one team. The A-10 is proof - its evolving membership has resulted in the addition of Final Four participant George Mason University this year and Elite Eight participant Davidson College next year. "From a sports perspective, we're a basketballcentric league that has attained national relevance and acclaim," says A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "We've been successful in winning championships, but also graduating our studentathletes, and providing an outstanding environment in our schools to collectively compete on the courts and in the classroom." The A-10 takes a backseat to no one, as the national rankings suggest. Eight different teams have been ranked in the Top 25 polls since the start of 2012. Over the past three years, the league has had no fewer than eight teams in the top 100 of the Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which rates college teams. The league's current success is nothing new. ┬╗ PHOTOS (FROM LEFT) BY MITCHELL LAYTON/GEORGE WASHINGTON ATHLETICS AND MITCHELL LEFF/ATLANTIC 10 (2) W ho wants next?" It's the classic basketball question, putting players on notice that there's another game to be played. For years, the Atlantic 10 Conference and its member institutions have put teams from the "power" conferences on notice that the A-10 is among the best when it comes to basketball. "There is no night off," says Archie Miller, head coach at the University of Dayton. "Whether you're at home or on the road, you're playing teams that have aspirations the same as you, and it just makes for an unbelievable race in January and February."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - March 2014

US Airways - March 2014
Table of Contents
Perspective: CEO Letter
From the Editor
Making It Happen
Wine & Dine: Irish Whiskey
Connections: Everybody's Business
Great Escapes: Manchester, England
Great Escapes: Lisbon, Portugal
Adventure: Skiing in Alyeska, Alaska
Style Spotlight: Tee Time
Diversions: It's Just Lunch
Golf: Five Great Resorts
Gear Up: Going Green
Travel Feature: Winter Park, Florida
US Airways Feature: The Sky Is the Limit
University Spotlight: University of Dayton
Great Resorts: Phoenix
Special Section: Atlantic 10 Conference
Best of Health: Miami Beach Foot & Ankle Surgery
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - March 2014