The Bishin Cutter wrote:
I suspect at least three within the next two years. UMass and the likely 2 more schools the Big East lobs off the fringes.
I don't know where the Big East could really go outside of the A10 to find someone they'd all/mostly like. I mean, other than Gonzaga. That stretch between Marquette and Creighton is kind of brutal, but who would suffice to fill that in? Drake? It's not like SLU makes it easier.
The CAA would love to have GWU. I think the Patriot might, too. People think Fordham might go to the Patriot entirely...I don't think they're wanted enough as others. URI's in its own identity crisis. I don't think any of those three go anywhere anytime soon, though.
Thanks for your thoughts.
I definitely see the BE taking SLU and Dayton. I could easily see UMass wanting to solidify their home...one way(fb) or another(bb).
Yeah, there is a big hole in the Midwest as for private bb powerhouses. And, like SLU...I don't really see Wichita State lowering travel for the group(not to mention they aren't Catholic or private). So, I see the BE taking SLU and Dayton for the west side of the conference. Then in the next few years, after that, they will add two school from the eastern section of the conference...ie: BostonU, Loyola Md, Duquesne or other.
Hopefully, there might be some additional insight into the A-10's feelings towards some of these programs on the fringe.