An ACC-Atlantic 10 challenge probably won’t ever happen but new deals with each conference with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will provide something pretty close:
“The ACC Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and ’18. The A-10 will continue to hold its championship at Barclays Center in 2015 and 2016 and then return to the venue for three years in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The ACC and the A-10 will play inter-conference doubleheaders at Barclays Center in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition, the A-10 has secured a spot for its teams to participate in the annual BROOKLYN HOOPS™ events at Barclays Center.”
This will be a great chance for the A-10 to rack more quality wins on their non-conference schedule. Also it provides access to some ACC teams that would most likely not want certain A-10 teams on their non-conference slate.