A-10 Tournament staying put, Glass not

By Eli Rosenswaike, Collegian Staff

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Considering the Atlantic 10 Tournament always seems to be a crapshoot, it only seems fitting that it’s staying in Atlantic City.

Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced Tuesday that the championship will remain at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for the next three years.

‘The decision to return to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City provides a great opportunity to grow our marquee event and truly brand the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship,’ said McGlade in the official A-10 press release.

‘The facility is well-suited for this championship ‘- Atlantic City is a historic seashore resort, and the city has welcomed the Atlantic 10 and committed to host three more great years.’

Atlantic City, which has hosted the tournament for each of the past three seasons, was selected over Springfield, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, all of which made bids to host the championship.

Although the site of the event won’t change, its format will. Over the last three years all the games were played at Boardwalk Hall, but now the opening-round games will be held on the campuses.

The other change will be when the games are played. Instead of the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals being played Wednesday through Saturday, each round will be pushed back a day to provide more fans an opportunity to see the games. The championship game will be televised on CBS on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 1 p.m.

The tournament dates in 2011 will be from March 8-13 and from March 6-11 in 2012.

‘It’s a testament to the Boardwalk Hall facilities, our hotels and destination amenities that the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be calling Atlantic City home for another three years,’ said Jeffrey Vasser, president of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. ‘We are, of course, thrilled to be working with the A-10 staff in order to make the next three years as successful as the past years have been.’

Since 1977, the first year of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, 10 different sites have hosted the event. U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati, Ohio) held the tournament for two years prior to Atlantic City.

Glass transferring

The Atlantic 10 Tournament is staying in Atlantic City, but the same can’t be said about sophomore Matt Glass in Amherst.

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward has reportedly decided to transfer (destination unknown), leaving the Massachusetts men’s basketball team after his second season.

Glass, more of 3-point shooting 2-guard, saw minutes sporadically this season. He was often forced to play more of a forward role with UMass’ lack of size in the frontcourt.

Glass started nine games this season but was rarely used in many games when coming off the bench. He finished the 2008-09 season with a 3.4 scoring average in just over 13 minutes per game. He ranked fourth on the team with 28 3-pointers.

The Underhill Center, Vt., native played in 33 games as a freshman in 2007-08, starting twice and scoring 1.8 points in 6.8 minutes per game. He finished his career with 63 games played (11 starts), 46 3-pointers and a 2.6 scoring average in 9.8 minutes per game.

Glass was almost exclusively a 3-point shooter. In 129 career field-goal attempts, 111 of them (86 percent) were from long-range. He almost never dribbled the basketball, often standing in the corner behind the 3-point line. In two seasons and over 600 minutes, he only attempted eight free throws.

Glass is expected to transfer to an Ivy League or Patriot League school.

Eli Rosenswaike can be reached at [email protected]