St. Louis and Dayton would both fit nicely in the MVC, help the MVC's RPI, and reduce their own travel. But both schools appear to be under the delusion that an invitation to an expanded Big East is around the corner....
I agree. Saint Louis and Dayton could be on the radar as expansion candidates for the MVC; although they are on the talk for the Big East when it comes to expansion.
Umm, not not be a blatant A-10 homer here, but Dayton & Saint Louis would never consider MVC invites because the A-10 is just simply a better basketball conference.
The A-10’s been higher rated in the RPI for eight straight years and the MVC has finished ahead of the A-10’s AVERAGE once in the last 10 years, 10 years ago.
The A-10 has a better OOC win percentage (.630 vs .592) the last 10 years.
The current members (not counting WSU/CREI, Butler/Xavier/Temple) of the A-10 have more NCAA bids the last 10 years (24 to 5) and more NCAA wins (17 to 4) than the MVC.
The current members of the A-10 have more TEAMS with NCAA bids (10) than the MVC has MEMBERS (9)
The current members of the A-10 have more teams with NCAA WINS (7) than the MVC members have NCAA TRIPS (5)
The only way Dayton or SLU leaves the A-10 for the MVC is if the West Coast Conference, Atlantic 10 and Missouri Valley have a summit meeting, and decide to make one super conference out of their members and the best of the rest. Which is something I really think the top eight or so schools of that league should work together to do; Although it’s less likely with WSU leaving for the AAC; but they should invite Wichita State to be part of that. I.E. - Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s, WSU, UNI, Ill State, Valpo, Dayton, VCU, Davidson, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne