Butler will join the Atlantic 10 starting with the the 2013-14 season, the school and conference announced officially today.
Will have reaction later from Duquesne officials, but this is widely considered a score for the conference after losing Temple to the Big East.
Butler, of course, has made some incredible runs in the NCAA tourney in recent years, reaching the Final Four in both 2010 and 2011.
The Bulldogs have been to the tournament in five of the last six years and have advanced past the first weekend three times.
In its history, Butler has reached the tournament 11 times and advanced to the Sweet 16 or further five times.
Statement from A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade:
“Welcoming Butler University as the newest member of the Atlantic 10 Conference is an honor and privilege. Institutionally, they are a perfect fit for the league and bring a tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, integrity and personnel. As a conference driven by national prominence in men’s basketball, Butler further strengthens our league. Complementing their success in men’s basketball is a broad-based sports program that will compete well in the A-10.”
Duquesne and Butler were both members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1992-93, Duquesne’s lone season as a non-member of the Atlantic 10.
The team’s split 1-1 that year.
Click here to read Butler's release.