College Basketball Conference Realignment: Tracking all changes

Movement with the ACC, Big East and Big Ten triggered more changes

Conference realignment has been one of the major storylines in college football and basketball the last few years. Some moves have been major, such as ACC expansion and another realignment within the Big East, but other conference lineups across the country have changed since the end of last season.

In college basketball, realignment will be a two-year storyline (at least). The SEC will have two new members as will the Atlantic 10, for starters. But the major dominoes start to fall in 2013-14 when the Pittsburgh and Syracuse move to the ACC, and the Big East reorganizes as a result. From there the dominoes fall.

Need to catch up? Want to look ahead? Here’s our guide to college basketball realignment for the next two seasons.

The following conferences do not expect any change in membership: Ivy League, MAC, MEAC, Pac-12, and SWAC.

These charts refer only to changes in basketball conference lineups. We also tracked realignment in college football.

Teams in italics are leaving the conference listed. Teams in bold are joining the conference listed.



2011-12/2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Boston College Boston College Boston College
Clemson Clemson Clemson
Duke Duke Duke
Florida State Florida State Florida State
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
Maryland Maryland# Louisville
Miami Miami Miami
NC State NC State NC State
North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
Virginia Notre Dame Notre Dame
Virginia Tech Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Wake Forest Syracuse Syracuse
  Virginia Virginia
  Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
  Wake Forest Wake Forest


2013-14 2014-15
Cincinnati Cincinnati
Connecticut Connecticut
Houston East Carolina
Louisville Houston
Memphis Memphis
Rutgers SMU
SMU Temple
Temple Tulane
UCF Tulsa

BIG 12

2011-12 2012-13
Baylor Baylor
Iowa State Iowa State
Kansas Kansas
Kansas State Kansas State
Missouri Oklahoma
Oklahoma Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State TCU
Texas Texas
Texas A&M Texas Tech
Texas Tech West Virginia


2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Cincinnati Cincinnati Butler
Connecticut Connecticut Creighton
DePaul DePaul DePaul
Georgetown Georgetown Georgetown
Louisville Louisville Marquette
Marquette Marquette Providence
Notre Dame Notre Dame Seton Hall
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh St. John's
Providence Providence Villanova
Rutgers Rutgers Xavier
Seton Hall Seton Hall  
St. John's St. John's  
Syracuse Syracuse  
Villanova Villanova  
West Virginia    


2012-13 2014-15
Illinois Illinois
Indiana Indiana
Iowa Iowa
Michigan Maryland
Michigan State Michigan
Minnesota Michigan State
Nebraska Minnesota
Northwestern Nebraska
Ohio State Northwestern
Penn State Ohio State
Purdue Penn State
Wisconsin Purdue


2011-12 2012-13 and beyond
Alabama Alabama
Arkansas Arkansas
Auburn Auburn
Florida Florida
Georgia Georgia
Kentucky Kentucky
Ole Miss Ole Miss
Mississippi State Mississippi State
South Carolina Missouri
Tennessee South Carolina
Vanderbilt Tennessee
  Texas A&M


Atlantic 10

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Charlotte Butler Dayton Davidson
Dayton Charlotte Duquesne Dayton
Duquesne Dayton Fordham Duquesne
Fordham Duquesne George Mason Fordham
George Washington Fordham George Washington George Mason
La Salle George Washington La Salle George Washington
Massachusetts La Salle Massachusetts La Salle
Rhode Island Massachusetts Rhode Island Massachusetts
Richmond Rhode Island Richmond Rhode Island
Saint Louis Richmond Saint Louis Richmond
St. Bonaventure Saint Louis St. Bonaventure Saint Louis
St. Joseph's St. Bonaventure St. Joseph's St. Bonaventure
Temple St. Joseph's VCU St. Joseph's
Xavier Temple   VCU

Colonial Athletic Association

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Delaware Delaware Charleston Charleston
Drexel Drexel Delaware Delaware
George Mason George Mason Drexel Drexel
Georgia State Georgia State Hofstra Elon
Hofstra Hofstra James Madison Hofstra
James Madison James Madison Northeastern James Madison
Northeastern Northeastern Towson Northeastern
Old Dominion Old Dominion UNC Wilmington Towson
Towson Towson William & Mary UNC Wilmington
UNC Wilmington UNC Wilmington   William & Mary
VCU William & Mary    
William & Mary      

Conference USA

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
East Carolina Charlotte Charlotte
Houston East Carolina FAU
Marshall FAU FIU
Memphis FIU Louisiana Tech
Rice Louisiana Tech Marshall
SMU Marshall Middle Tenn.
Southern Miss Middle Tenn. North Texas
Tulane North Texas Old Dominion
Tulsa Old Dominion Rice
UAB Rice Southern Miss
UCF Southern Miss UAB
  Tulsa UTSA
  UAB Western Ky.

Missouri Valley

2012-13 2013-14
Bradley Bradley
Creighton Drake
Drake Evansville
Evansville Illinois State
Illinois State Indiana State
Indiana State Loyola Chicago
Missouri State Missouri State
Northern Iowa Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois Southern Illinois
Wichita State Wichita State

Mountain West

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Air Force Air Force Air Force
Boise State Boise State Boise State
Colorado State Colorado State Colorado State
New Mexico Fresno State Frenso State
San Diego State Nevada Nevada
TCU New Mexico New Mexico
UNLV San Diego State San Diego State
Wyoming UNLV San Jose State
  Wyoming UNLV
    Utah State

Sun Belt

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UALR UALR UALR Appalachian St.
Arkansas St. Arkansas St. Arkansas St. UALR
Denver FAU Georgia St. Arkansas St.
FAU FIU UL-Lafayette Ga. Southern
FIU UL-Lafayette South Ala. Georgia St.
UL-Lafayette Middle Tenn. Texas St. UL-Lafayette
Middle Tenn. North Texas Troy South Ala.
North Texas South Ala. ULM Texas State
South Ala. Troy UT Arlington Troy
Troy ULM Western Ky. ULM
ULM Western Ky.   UT Arlington
Western Ky.      


2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Fresno State Denver Cal State Bakersfield
Hawaii Idaho Chicago State
Idaho Louisiana Tech Grand Canyon#
Louisiana Tech New Mexico State Idaho*
Nevada San Jose State New Mexico State
New Mexico State Seattle Seattle
San Jose State Texas State UMKC
Utah State Utah State UT Pan American
  UT-Arlington Utah Valley

*Idaho will leave the WAC to join the Big Sky as a non-football member in 2014-15.
#Transitional member, ineligible for postseason

West Coast Conference

2012-13 2013-14
Gonzaga Gonzaga
Loyola Marymount Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine Pacific
Portland Pepperdine
San Diego Portland
San Francisco San Diego
Santa Clara San Francisco
St. Mary's Santa Clara
  St. Mary's


America East

2012-13 2013-14
Albany Albany
Binghamton Binghamton
Boston University Hartford
Hartford Maine
Maine New Hampshire
New Hampshire Stony Brook
Stony Brook UMass-Lowell*
Vermont Vermont

*not eligible for conference championship until 2017.

Atlantic Sun

2011-12 2012-13
Belmont East Tennessee State
East Tennessee State Florida Gulf Coast
Florida Gulf Coast Jacksonville
Jacksonville Kennesaw State
Kennesaw State Lipscomb
Lipscomb Mercer
Mercer North Florida
North Florida Northern Kentucky
USC Upstate USC Upstate
Stetson Stetson

Big Sky

2011-12 2012-13/2013-14 2014-15
Eastern Washington Eastern Washington Eastern Washington
Idaho State Idaho State Idaho
Montana Montana Idaho State
Montana State Montana State Montana
Northern Arizona North Dakota Montana State
Northern Colorado Northern Arizona North Dakota
Portland State Northern Colorado Northern Arizona
Sacramento State Portland State Northern Colorado
Weber State Sacramento State Portland State
  Southern Utah Sacramento State
  Weber State Southern Utah
    Weber State

Big South

2012-13 2013-14
Campbell Campbell
Charleston Southern Charleston Southern
Coastal Carolina Coastal Carolina
Gardner-Webb Gardner-Webb
High Point High Point
Liberty Liberty
Presbyterian Longwood
Radford Presbyterian
UNC Asheville Radford
VMI UNC Asheville
Winthrop VMI

Big West

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Cal Poly Cal Poly Cal Poly
Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Northwood Cal State Northwood Cal State Northwood
Long Beach State Hawaii Hawaii
Pacific Long Beach State Long Beach State
UC Davis Pacific UC Davis
UC Irvine UC Davis UC Irvine
UC Riverside UC Irvine UC Riverside
UC Santa Barbara UC Riverside UC Santa Barbara
  UC Santa Barbara  

Horizon League

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Butler Cleveland State Cleveland State
Cleveland State Detroit Detroit
Detroit Green Bay Green Bay
Green Bay Loyola Chicago Milwaukee
Loyola Chicago Milwaukee Oakland
Milwaukee UIC UIC
UIC Valparaiso Valparaiso
Valparaiso Wright State Wright State
Wright State Youngstown State Youngstown State
Youngstown State    


2012-13 2013-14
Canisius Canisius
Fairfield Fairfield
Iona Iona
Loyola (Md.) Manhattan
Manhattan Marist
Marist Monmouth
Niagara Niagara
Rider Quinnipiac
Saint Peter's Rider
Siena Saint Peter's


2012-13 2013-14
Bryant Bryant
Central Connecticut Central Connecticut
Fairleigh Dickinson Fairleigh Dickinson
LIU Brooklyn LIU Brooklyn
Monmouth Mount St. Mary's
Mount St. Mary's Robert Morris
Quinnipiac Sacred Heart
Robert Morris St. Francis (NY)
Sacred Heart St. Francis (Pa.)
St. Francis (NY) Wagner
St. Francis (Pa.)  

Ohio Valley

2011-12 2012-13
Austin Peay EAST
Eastern Illinois Belmont
Eastern Kentucky Eastern Kentucky
Jacksonville State Jacksonville State
Morehead State Morehead State
Murray State Tennessee State
SIU-Edwardsvile Tennesee Tech
Southeaste Missouri State WEST
Tennessee State Austin Peay
Tennessee Tech Eastern Illinois
UT Martin Murray State
  Southeast Missouri State
  UT Martin

Patriot League

2012-13 2013-14
American American
Army Army
Bucknell Boston University
Colgate Colgate
Holy Cross Holy Cross
Lafayette Lafayette
Lehigh Lehigh
Navy Loyola (Md.)


2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Appalachian State Appalachian State Chattanooga
Charleston Chattanooga The Citadel
Chattanooga The Citadel Furman
The Citadel Davidson Samford
Davidson Elon UNC Greensboro
Elon Furman Western Carolina
Furman Georgia Southern Wofford
Georgia Southern Samford  
Samford UNC Greensboro  
UNC Greensboro Western Carolina  
Western Carolina Wofford  


2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Central Arkansas Central Arkansas Abilene Christian
Lamar Lamar Central Arkansas
McNeese State McNeese State Houston Baptist
Nicholls State Nicholls State Incarnate Word
Northwestern State Northwestern State Lamar
Sam Houston State Oral Roberts McNeese State
SE Louisiana Sam Houston State New Orleans
Stephen F. Austin SE Louisiana Nicholls State
TAMU-Corpus Christi Stephen F. Austin Northwestern State
Texas State TAMU-Corpus Christi Oral Roberts
UT Arlington   Sam Houston State
UTSA   SE Louisiana
    Stephen F. Austin
    TAMU-Corpus Christi

Summit League*

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Denver
Kansas City Kansas City IUPUI
North Dakota North Dakota State North Dakota State
North Dakota State Oakland Omaha
Oakland Omaha South Dakota
Oral Roberts South Dakota South Dakota State
South Dakota South Dakota State Western Illinois
South Dakota State Western Illinois  
Southern Utah    
Western Illinois    

*A number of Summit League teams have shifted their school names to reflect cities, rather than acronyms. Among the changes in use this season: IPFW is now Fort Wayne, UMKC is now Kansas City, Nebraska-Omaha is now Omaha.

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