Fresno St. Alum wrote:
You guys are forgetting that Creighton was also brought up as a A10 candidate. They just seem a little far west. So they could have went to 16 w/ them and if VCU says no. I think we'll hear Creighton come up again, they may settle for Detroit as #14, if all the ifs happen
I think Creighton would be a good get as well. I don't know how willing the A-10 would be to do that, though.
I know that geography doesn't "matter" in terms of ruling out candidates, but that's pushing it. The Omaha market isn't a big untapped stronghold for the A-10 to go after. Nebraska-Omaha is moving up to D-I and might be a thorn in the side of Creighton. Creighton also just ended a five-year NCAA drought.
I think the best part of adding Creighton is that you also weaken the MVC at the same time C-USA, MWC, CAA and Horizon get weaker. There's could be 2-4 more at-large bids out there because of these changes.
And those are going to go to the ACC and A10.
What makes a league strong is depth. Winning OOC games. Adding the likes of Butler, Creighton, VCU and GMU means that the A-10 can "tone down" their OOC scheduling.
Butler went 6-6 OOC in the Horizon. But they HAD to play Louisville, Xavier, Purdue, Gonzaga and Stanford because their conference was so weak.
VCU played Alabama, USF, Ga Tech, Seton Hall
Creighton played UAB, SDSU, SJU, NW and LBSU
Mason didn't play the tough schedule. They went 9-4 OOC.
You play a 16-game schedule, and get the four newbies playing only two tough opponents each, and going 10-4 OOC, and you've got 13 teams in the league turning in good OOC records, you're going to get bids.
With VCU, Butler, Creighton and Mason you've got brand name recognition to make your CONFERENCE games be your marquee games.