Seton Hall and Providence should join the A-10

Shawn EvansContributor IFebruary 21, 2010

6 Mar 2001:  Shieku Kabba #13 of Providence hangs his head after a last second 68-67 loss to Georgetown during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Digital Image Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images
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For you information, this article will not have any stats or analysts' thoughts and/or ideas in it. This is entirely my opinion  It will have nothing to back my ideas up because I am writing on the way that I feel. If you have any critical comments, please leave them to yourself.

I have always felt bad for Seton Hall and Providence. I have felt bad for them because they are in the Big East. The Big East is the best basketball conference in the nation (in my opinion). Seton Hall and Providence have always had good basketball teams. They just haven't been able to get over the "hump." That "hump" is the Big East teams. Because the Big East is stacked with talent and great programs, these two programs haven't been able to be great. Just good.

I think that if these two programs played in any other conference (except the Big Ten and Big Twelve) then I think that these programs would be perennial conference-championship contenders. They would be consistent winners and I would expect them to make the tournament nine out of ten years. If they were in the Pac-10 (which I know they wouldn't, they're located in New Jersey and Rhode Island I believe) I think that they would be the top two teams in the conference.

What if these programs switched to the Atlantic-10 conference? They would fit the location part of it. They would also be winning. By adding these two teams to the A-10, I believe that the A-10 would be represented very well went the calendars turn into March. I think that Temple, Seton Hall, Providence, and Xavier would all be sure shots to be dancing in March. I also think that the conference would produce some bracket-busters. I believe these bracket-busters would be Dayton, Duquesne, Massachusetts, Richmond, and St. Joseph's. I know that not all of these teams would consistently be in the Big Dance, but what about the NIT? The NIT may not be great, but it's postseason nonetheless. The Atlantic-10 would be a great mid-major conference (in my opinion) and they would have several teams playing in March.

I think that it makes sense to move Seton Hall and Providence out of the Big East and into the A-10. Heck, if the Big-Ten has eleven teams and is looking to expand, why can't the A-10? Especially if Texas and Mizzou (The Big-Ten's targets) are located thousands of miles away. Seton Hall and Providence fit the Atlantic-10 in terms of location. They can easily change the Atlantic-10 name to the Atlantic-12 and be a competitive conference with glory. It makes sense to me and that is my opinion.

I believe that Seton Hall and Providence should leave the Big East and join the Atlantic-10. I think that the Atlantic-10 would be a very good basketball conference with them, and these two historic programs can return to glory.