The entire realignment project has been an eye-opening one for me. It’s not easy to create the perfect alignment of team needs, geography, budgets, and academics. Often one (or more) has to give in order for reason to win out. The conferences that the algorithm created aren’t perfect. For instance, it’s obvious that Rutgers wouldn’t work in the Pac-8. Also, the “What Just Happened” conference is a fun one, but makes near-zero sense. There were also some great hits.
These are your major conference teams in college basketball. The realignment process makes for some strange bedfellows, but also some of the best possible basketball you could ever imagine. The naming rights for this conference might be tricky, but this would be the premiere conference with a plethora of basketball-only institutions. The VCU, Richmond and St. John’s, Seton Hall rivalries add some good rivalry juice.
These conferences, in terms of average strength, are probably about where the current MAAC or Horizon League are down to the Patriot League. If you’re a fan of Iona or Hofstra you’re probably looking at this conference and thinking, huh? But in terms of men’s basketball expenses these schools are relatively close together. Then there is no denying the geographic or academic fit. The question would be other sports. UNH plays football and ice hockey at a quite competitive level.
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