[quote author=Lash link=board=acc&thread=1104966474&start=25#1 date=1105485480]
Providence, St Johns, Seton Hall, Villanova, Depaul, Marquette, Georgetown, and Xavier would be a top league as well./quote]
Many of us, who remember what Catholic schools meant to the development of NCAA BB, would like to see such a Catholic Conference.
BC, Holy Cross, Providence, St. John's, Manhattan, Fordham, Seton Hall, Villanova, LaSalle, St. Joe's, Temple, St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Duquesne, Georgetown, Xavier, Notre Dame, DePaul, Loyola (Chi), Marquette, Saint Louis, Loyola (NO), Loyola Marymount...
Who'd I miss?
Westwolf, I too fondly remember what Catholic schools meant to the development of NCAA BB. The first 2 games I saw in MSG were on the kindness of relatives who got me in to see St. John's (Tony Jackson, LeRoy Ellis, Kevein Loughery, etc.) & Holy Cross (Jack "The Shot" Foley, George Blaney, etc.). As a Manhattan alum, I appreciate you including them on your list. Although their temas always fell a little short of greatness, they did make a back door contribution to big time college BB when then reporter Ned Irish was covering a Manhattan game at tiny Alumni Hall (900), he decided that it would be better to feature local colleges in double headers at MSG. These college double headers were a big hit & The Garden was our home court when I attended Manhattan. A couple of years later, the NIT was born. The rest is history. It was also a Manhattan player, Junius Kellogg, who broke the college betting scandals of the early '50s. Kellogg paid dearly as he was crippled in a suspicious automobile accident a year later. Indomitable spirit that he was, however, he went on to start wheel chair basketball competition. But, I'm dating myself.
Who'd you miss? Great list; you didn't miss much. How about San Francisco, Seattle, Dayton, & Gonzaga. Although never great, for sentimental reasons, I would also mention Canisius, St. Francis (PA), Detroit, Creighton, & Marist.