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Big East Is Still the BEAST

robertContributor IDecember 9, 2008

Big East is still the beast in spite of Texas' win against Villanova. Texas is the top team in their league, and 'Nova is ranked 12th but is a second tier team in Big East.  Pitt, UConn, Louisville, or G'town would have given Texas a better game.  'Nova still hung in there 'til the end, and that tells me that Texas is all hype and is vulnerable to any top tier Big East team. 

Texas and other top tier teams from other conferences need to schedule top tier programs in order to get a fair gauge as to how strong their team is comparatively.  I'm tired of big programs playing poor quality teams by avoiding fair matchups between equal opponents. 

The other conferences should be begging to play UConn, Pitt, Louisville, Marquette, and G'town to get credibility for potential recruits.  The Big East is monopolizing the talent pool, and if other programs do not try to prove that they can compete with these programs, then the disparity will widen. 

It is imperative for intercollegiate basketball to remain competitive by eliminating the cream puff out of conference scheduling by keeping programs from dancing due to poor OCS.  TV rights have become too lucrative for the NCAA and for other conferences to ignore this fact, and this poor scheduling hurts the competitiveness of the sport. 

The NCAA needs to emphasize the importance of out of conference scheduling by putting together a criteria for scheduling out of conference games and using a formula that helps navigate the NCAA bid process.  The NCAA selection committee needs to have specific guidelines that must be adhered to in order to promote a better out of conference schedule. 

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