Those Shockers of Wichita State are something for sure, as of winning the MVC men's basketball conference tournament title yesterday. I still think that they should be no. 1 in the nation. But so far, it's all favored to Florida, who will eventually compete in the SEC tournament, now that Wichita State gets some rest and bonus practice for their preparations to the NCAA national tournament.
Anyways, on a conference realignment perspective, does anyone believe that Wichita State would get a conference invite soon (i.e.: new Big East, MW, AAC)? And who will be the Shockers' replacement?
I don't think the MWC or the AAC are looking to expand right now. But if they were the MWC would want a team in the West to off set Hawaii while keeping the divisions the same, and the ACC would want one in the East to offset Navy for the same reason.
Their best hope is the Big East but I think StL has that Eastern bid just about wrapped up so they would most likely have to expand to 14 for the Shockers to get in.
Just about a year ago the Big East's expansion list was just about set in stone with StL, Dayton, VCU, Richmond, and Duquesne, but Wichita State has defenately secured a spot on it.
Still I don't find it likely that Wichita State goes anywhere, so they should probably try to make the MVC work for them and at least expand to 12 with Valpo, Belmont, Morehead St, Detroit, Wiscon-GB, Oral Roberts, and even possibiliy make a play for Dayton/StL (though it is unlikely).
The Big East will always be the elite bball conference, but the MVC could at least try to rival the A10 for the #2 spot and basically become the A10 of the midwest.
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