Hello, college basketball fans!
If you've read some of my previous articles, you know how sick I am that college football is calling all the shots in the NCAA.
Because of college football, Butler (who made the last two NCAA championship games) is stuck in a mid-major conference where if they lose in their conference tournament they may miss the NCAA's altogether. Meanwhile, Nebraska, a school who has NEVER won an NCAA Tournament game, gets to join the Big Ten.
Over in the Big East (at least that's what they call it), they invite bad basketball schools from Texas as full members instead of Butler (same state as Notre Dame), Xavier (same city as Cincinnati), or Temple (who is an Eastern team and who actually has a football team that is going to a bowl game this year).
Meanwhile, Connecticut is waiting for the ACC phone to ring to get them out of the future mid major league formerly known as the Big East before they have to make long trips to Texas and have their RPI sink 20 points for just walking in (in addition to the current trips to dead weights like DePaul and South Florida).
You let football in charge when they can't even put together a playoff system?
So this proposal is sort of my fantasy college basketball league. I take the best college basketball teams East of the Mississippi River and put them all together.
That way, Connecticut doesn't have to play SMU, Michigan State doesn't have to play Nebraska or Northwestern, and Kentucky doesn't have to play all those lousy SEC Worst division schools.
It also gives schools like Butler a chance to play top opponents rather than a bunch of schools no one has heard about.
My "conference" has 39 teams which will be split into four divisions, three divisions of 10 teams and one division of nine. The teams were chosen by past NCAA Tournament performance. Teams in all divisions will play double round robin instead of in leagues of 14, 16, or however many teams the Big Least wants.
The conference will be named the Schmolik Basketball Conference (or SBC for short).
The four divisions, in order of strength:
The Champions Division
The Stars Division
The Contenders Division
The Next Division
I think the names are a little better than Legends and Leaders.