A-10 tournament gets temp hosts

The Atlantic 10 will put its men's basketball tournament in Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center in 2017 and Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center in 2018, it was announced Thursday.

The A-10, which will announce the moves Thursday, had to find an alternative site for its conference tournament once the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., cut a deal with the ACC to host its men's tournament in 2017 and '18.

The A-10 tournament will be at the Barclays in 2015 and '16 and then again in 2019, 2020 and 2021 after the stints in Pittsburgh and D.C.

The ACC and the A-10 agreed to play one doubleheader a year between the two leagues with teams to be determined in 2015, '16 and '17 at the Barclays Center in exchange for the A-10 vacating two years at the arena so the ACC could hosts its tournament. The A-10 will also have a spot in the annual Brooklyn Hoops event at the Barclays Center.

The Verizon Center is fast becoming a coveted destination for conference tournaments by hosting the ACC in 2016, the Big 10 in 2017 and now the A-10 in 2018.

The A-10 has a member in Pittsburgh in Duquesne and member schools in D.C. in George Washington and nearby in George Mason, Richmond and VCU.