way more schools play D1 basketball than D1 baseball
If my list is accurate there are 48 more.
DI basketball tournament takes 68 of 344* or 19.8%
DI baseball tournament takes 64 of 296*# or 21.6%
Significant? you be the judge* excludes Presbyterian, Northern Kentucky and Omaha who are not yet officially DI# includes Dallas Baptist, Le Moyne and NYIT--DII schools that play DI baseball
Not to split hairs but my bball number is over 350 (don't really care to look the exact number though) and Presby is official, though UNO (NOLA) was not (or at least I thought).
LeMoyne is not D1 in baseball (at least not anymore) they're D2.
And just off the top of my head I can list over 20 schools just West of the Mississippi that don't play baseball (SMU, UTEP, Tulsa, UMKC, Drake, Northern Iowa, Iowa St, USD, Colorado, CoSU, Denver, WYO, Mont, MontSt, Idaho, Boise, Idaho St, EastWA, Port St, SoUtah, Utah St, Weber St, NoAZ) so I assumed there were more especially in the North (Midwest and Northeast) but perhaps I'm mistaken.
Of those BTW its pathetic that SMU, Tulsa and UTEP don't have them. They have plenty of access to talent all around them and are in good climates for it.
And while I tend to give most of the mountain schools a pass, its pathetic that with all that PAC12 money that Colorado doesn't have a team while Northern Colorado does...same goes for Wisconsin in the Big Ten, Iowa St in the Big 12 and Syracuse in the ACC all of which are the only non participating members of those major conferences.
Back to my main point if we just use your numbers and round 300 baseball versus 350 basketball both with 64 spot (since we are talking historically and the it just expanded plus its easier math) its 1/7th less competition for those spots. Still ECU has been decent in baseball, but to call them good means CWS appearances not Super regional appearances or simply post season appearances. A majority of ECU's appearances padding the stats came from autobids in single bids conference. While yes that points to success, that success was also localized. I know ECU hosted a regional at least once so that is an example of a good season.
But even if ECU baseball is good, they are not good enough to make it to a CWS but good enough to possibly take post season opportunities away from the members of the BEfb/A12/TBD. Anyway I slice it I still would not add them if I was in charge (once again admitting that I think they'll still get added).
Fan of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and...