BradleyBrave wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:06 pm
real fan wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:40 am
BradleyBrave wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:31 am
I just don’t believe the NCAA won’t allow their tourney to be destroyed. Basketball pales in comparison to football, and the P5 have already gone off and essentially done their own thing there. If the NCAA decided 350+ teams were too many for D1, I can’t say that would break my heart too much. About 100 probably don’t belong in D1. But if they ever took that approach, I think Bradley and the MVC would remain safely in D1. Just my gut feeling though...which is wrong a lot.
I do not think the NCAA wants to change anything. The power conferences have been considering breaking away and playing by their own rules so they keep all the money.
Basketball and football aren’t apples to apples. Would they include the Big East, who was won multiple national titles in the last 5 years? Would they include the WCC, who has an annual Final Four contender? What about The American, which has also won a national title and usually puts multiple teams in the tournament? The tournament not being ‘the tournament’ anymore wouldn’t be as profitable for the P5 as it is now - less teams, less games, less advertising time to sell. Just my 2 cents.
Eh, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an FBS/FCS type split in college basketball. I think these conferences right now would be considered “FBS”: ACC, SEC, B1G, Big 12, Pac 12, American, Big East. On the “fringe” would be: WCC, Mountain West, A10, The Valley, maybe Horizon? If you take those 11 conferences (not counting Horizon)right now as they sit it’s 133 teams. The “big boys” by themselves have 87. They could definitely make a tournament that would be just as profitable, if not more, with themselves. The other teams would bring in a little, but they would be able to sell more advertising because after the first round nobody wants upsets and you would have more “marquee matchups” in the earlier rounds since you wouldn’t have the stereotypical 16 seeds.
Where Bradley falls on this depends on how many conferences the big boys want to let into the party. My guess is this order for being let in: WCC(strictly for Gonzaga), Mountain West, A10(due to market size), then the Valley last out of those 4 “fringe” leagues.
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