With the two new schools, Murray said one idea being considered is to divide the 18 schools into three six-team divisions. Each team would play their divisional foes twice and every other member of the conference once, rotating on a home-and-away basis each season. That adds up to a 22-game conference schedule, the same number the teams currently play.
Murray said IUP would most likely be placed in a division with UPJ, Clarion, Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg.
According to Murray, the idea of keeping basketball in two divisions met with resistance. If the league had two nine-team divisions, each team would play 16 division games. If they played a full crossover schedule, that would add up to 25 games. The NCAA allows only 26 games, and most teams either host or play in a tip-off and holiday tournament. And playing a partial crossover schedule isn't fair because some teams would have a more difficult schedule than others.
And with the PSAC basketball playoffs set to expand this season from eight teams to 12 teams, having three divisions means teams would have to place in the top four in their division to get to the postseasonhttp://www.indianagazette.com/a_sports/ ... 38c93.html