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Posted on: March 11, 2012 4:48 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2012 5:38 pm
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Final 2012 Schmolik 64!

Hello, college basketball fans!

This is the final Schmolik 64 for 2012!

Dates:
First Four: Tue. March 13 and Wed. March 14 (Dayton, OH)
Opening Weekend: Thur/Sat March 15-17, Fri/Sun March 16-18
Regionals: Thur/Sat March 22-24, Fri/Sun March 23-25

Final Four Semifinals: South Champion vs. West Champion, East Champion vs. Midwest Champion

First Four Games listed at the end (just to keep you in suspense!)

South Regional (Atlanta, GA: Fri/Sun)

Louisville, KY: Thur/Sat
(1) Kentucky (32-2) vs. (16) First Four
(8) Purdue (21-12) vs. (9) St. Louis (24-7)

Nashville, TN: Fri/Sun

(5) Murray State * (27-1) vs. (12) First Four
(4) Louisville * (26-9) vs. (13) Ohio * (26-7)

Albuquerque, NM: Thur/Sat

(6) UNLV (24-8) vs. (11) Long Beach State * (23-8)
(3) Baylor (26-7) vs. (14) Montana * (23-6)

Pittsburgh, PA: Thur/Sat 
(7) Creighton * (28-5) vs. (10) Connecticut (20-13)
(2) Ohio State (27-7) vs. (15) LIU-Brooklyn * (25-8)

WEST REGIONAL (Phoenix, AZ: Thur/Sat)

Columbus, OH: Fri/Sun 
(1) Michigan State * (26-7) vs. (16) UNC Asheville * (21-9)
(8) Notre Dame (22-11) vs. (9) Alabama (21-11)

Portland, OR: Thur/Sat
(5) New Mexico * (26-6) vs. (12) Texas (20-13)
(4) Florida State * (24-9) vs. (13) Colorado * (21-11)

Nashville, TN: Fri/Sun

(6) Wichita State (26-5) vs. (11) NC State (22-12)
(3) Georgetown (22-8) vs. (14) St. Bonaventure (20-11)

Omaha, NE: Fri/Sun

(7) St. Mary's * (25-5) vs. (10) Colorado State (19-11)
(2) Kansas (27-6) vs. (15) Loyola Maryland * (24-8)

EAST REGIONAL (Boston, MA Thur/Sat)

Pittsburgh, PA: Thur/Sat
(1) Syracuse (31-2) vs. (16) Lamar * (21-11)
(8) Gonzaga (25-6) vs. (9) Kansas State (21-10)

Albuquerque, NM: Thur/Sat
(5) Temple (24-7) vs. (12) First Four
(4) Indiana (25-8) vs. (13) South Dakota State * (25-7)

Columbus, OH: Fri/Sun
(6) Cincinnati (24-10) vs. (11) California (24-9)
(3) Michigan (23-9) vs. (14) Belmont * (26-7)

Greensboro, NC: Fri/Sun
(7) Florida (23-10) vs. (10) Virginia Commonwealth * (28-6)
(2) Duke (27-6) vs. (15) Lehigh * (25-7)

MIDWEST REGIONAL (St. Louis, MO: Fri/Sun)

Greensboro, NC: Fri/Sun
(1) North Carolina (29-5) vs. (16) First Four
(8) Iowa State (22-10) vs. (9) Southern Miss (23-8)

Portland, OR: Thur/Sat
(5) Vanderbilt * (24-10) vs. (12) West Virginia (19-13)
(4) Wisconsin (24-9) vs. (13) New Mexico State * (24-9)

Louisville, KY: Fri/Sun
(6) Memphis * (26-8) vs. (11) Harvard * (25-4)
(3) Marquette (25-7) vs. (14) Davidson * (24-7)

Omaha, NE: Fri/Sun
(7) San Diego State (24-7) vs. (10) Xavier (21-11)
(2) Missouri * (30-4) vs. (15) Detroit * (20-13)

First Four (All Games are in Dayton, OH):
Tuesday, March 13:
Game 1: Mississippi Valley State * (21-12) vs. Western Kentucky * (15-18). Winner is South Regional No. 16 seed (plays No. 1 Kentucky in Louisville, KY)
Game 2: South Florida (19-13) vs. Virginia (22-9). Winner is East Regional No. 12 seed (plays No. 5 Temple in Albuquerque, NM)

Wednesday, March 14:
Game 1: Vermont (23-11) vs. Norfolk State * (24-8). Winner is Midwest Regional No. 16 seed (plays No. 1 North Carolina in Greensboro, NC)
Game 2: Drexel (27-6) vs. Marshall (20-13). Winner is South Regional No. 12 seed (plays No. 5 Murray State in Nashville, TN

By conference: Big East (9), Big Ten (6), Big 12 (6), ACC (5), SEC (4), A-10 (4), MWC (4), C-USA (3), Colonial, MVC, Pac-12, WCC (2 each), One Bid (19)

Lowest RPI for an at large (according to CBSSports RPI): Drexel (66), Other RPI above 50: West Virginia (56), South Florida (53), Virginia (52)

Highest RPI left out: Iona (41), BYU (47), Oral Roberts (51), Central Florida (54), Akron (55), Middle Tennessee (57), Mississippi (60).

Others left out: Miami (62), Northwestern (63), Oregon (64), Seton Hall (68), St. Joseph's (69), Washington (70), Mississippi State (74), Tennessee (85)

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the NCAA Tournament!

Schmolik
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:07 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 10:53 pm
 

Schmolik 64 Update (3/7/12 AM)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the latest Schmolik 64 update. 

Since several leagues have crowned champions since my last bracket, I updated it. For small conferences which have yet to crown their champion, I will list the league first, followed by my projected champion.

Here's the bracket update for March 7, 2012.

Dates:Opening Weekend: Thur/Sat March 15-17, Fri/Sun March 16-18
Regionals: Thur/Sat March 22-24, Fri/Sun March 23-25

SOUTH REGIONAL (Atlanta, GA -- Fri/Sun)


Louisville, KY -- Thur/Sat
(1) Kentucky (30-1) vs. (16) SWAC--Mississippi Valley State (18-12)/ Western Kentucky (15-18) 
(8) Purdue (20-11) vs. (9) Cincinnati (22-9) 

Portland, OR -- Thur/Sat
(5) UNLV (25-7) vs. (12) West Virginia (19-12)
(4) Florida State (21-9) vs. (13) Texas (19-12) /  Xavier (19-11) 

Nashville, TN -- Fri/Sun
(6) Creighton (28-5) vs. (11) Mississippi State (21-10)
(3) Georgetown (22-7) vs. (14) South Dakota State (25-7)

Columbus, OH -- Fri/Sun
(7) Memphis (23-8) vs. (10) Colorado State (18-10) 
(2) Michigan State (23-7) vs. (15) Detroit (20-13)

WEST REGIONAL (Phoenix, AZ -- Thur/Sat)


Greensboro, NC -- Fri/Sun
(1) North Carolina (27-4) vs. (16) MEAC--Savannah State (19-10)/America East--Stony Brook (21-8)
(8) Iowa State (22-9) vs. (9) Virginia Commonwealth (28-6)

Nashville, TN -- Thur/Sat
(5) Murray State (27-1) vs. (12) Drexel (27-5)/South Florida (18-12)
(4) Wisconsin (23-8) vs. (13) Davidson (23-7)

Louisville, KY -- Thur/Sat
(6) St. Mary's (25-5)  vs. (11) Connecticut (18-12) 
(3) Michigan (22-8) vs. (14) Patriot--Bucknell (23-8)

Omaha, NE -- Fri/Sun
(7) San Diego State (22-6)   vs. (10) Virginia (22-8)
(2) Missouri (27-4) vs. (15) Big Sky--Montana (21-6)

EAST REGIONAL (Boston, MA -- Thur/Sat)


Pittsburgh, PA -- Thur/Sat
(1) Syracuse (30-1) vs. (16) UNC-Asheville (21-9) 
(8) New Mexico (23-6)  vs. (9) Kansas State (21-9)

Albuquerque, NM -- Thur/Sat
(5) Wichita State (26-5) vs. (12) BYU (23-8)
(4) Indiana (24-7) vs. (13) Big West--Long Beach State (22-8)

Albuquerque, NM -- Thur/Sat
(6) Florida (22-9)   vs. (11) California (23-8)
(3) Baylor (24-6) vs. (14) WAC--Nevada (23-5)

Greensboro, NC -- Fri/Sun
(7) Louisville (22-9) vs. (10) St. Louis (24-6)
(2) Duke (26-5) vs. (15) MAAC--Loyola, MD (23-8)

MIDWEST REGIONAL (St. Louis -- Fri/Sun)


Omaha, NE -- Fri/Sun
(1) Kansas (26-5) vs. (16) UT-Arlington (22-7)
(8) Alabama (20-10) vs. (9) Southern Miss (22-7)

Portland, OR -- Thur/Sat
(5) Notre Dame (21-10) vs. (12) Washington (21-9)
(4) Temple (24-6) vs. (13) Belmont (26-7)

Columbus, OH -- Fri/Sun
(6) Vanderbilt (21-10)  vs. (11) Northwestern (18-12) 
(3) Marquette (25-6) vs. (14) MAC--Akron (20-10)

Pittsburgh, PA -- Thur/Sat
(7) Gonzaga (25-6) vs. (10) Harvard (25-4)
(2) Ohio State (25-6) vs. (15) Northeast-LIU-Brooklyn (24-8)

Bids by Conference
Big East: 9
Big Ten: 7
Big 12: 6
SEC: 5
ACC: 4
MWC: 4
A-10: 3
WCC: 3
MVC, C-USA, Pac-12, CAA: 2 each
One bid: 19

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Remember to comment! If you think a team or teams that are out should be in or teams are in should be out, let me hear from you!

Come back Selection Sunday for my final 2012 Schmolik 64!
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:09 pm
 

2012 Schmolik 64 Update (3/5/12)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the latest Schmolik 64 update.

There is less than one week until Selection Sunday and several leagues have now have crowned their tournament champions.

This is the first bracket this season where I filled in all of the seeds in the bracket. For small conferences which have yet to crown their champion, I will list the league first, followed by my projected champion.

Here's the bracket update for March 5, 2012.

Dates:Opening Weekend: Thur/Sat March 15-17, Fri/Sun March 16-18
Regionals: Thur/Sat March 22-24, Fri/Sun March 23-25

SOUTH REGIONAL (Atlanta, GA -- Fri/Sun)


Louisville, KY -- Thur/Sat

(1) Kentucky (30-1) vs. (16) SWAC--Mississippi Valley State (18-12)/ Southland--UT-Arlington (23-7)
(8) Purdue (20-11) vs. (9) Kansas State (21-9)

Portland, OR -- Thur/Sat
(5) UNLV (25-7) vs. (12) West Virginia (19-12)
(4) Florida State (21-9) vs. (13) Big West--Long Beach State (22-8)

Nashville, TN -- Fri/Sun

(6) Creighton (28-5) vs. (11) Mississippi State (21-10)
(3) Georgetown (22-7) vs. (14) Horizon--Valparaiso (22-10)

Columbus, OH -- Fri/Sun

(7) Memphis (23-8) vs. (10) St. Louis (24-6)
(2) Michigan State (23-7) vs. (15) Sun Belt--Denver (22-8)

WEST REGIONAL (Phoenix, AZ -- Thur/Sat)


Greensboro, NC -- Fri/Sun

(1) North Carolina (27-4) vs. (16) MEAC--Savannah State (19-10)/America East--Stony Brook (21-8)
(8) Iowa State (22-9) vs. (9) Cincinnati (22-9)

Albuquerque, NM -- Thur/Sat

(5) Wichita State (26-5) vs. (12) BYU (23-8)
(4) Indiana (24-7) vs. (13) South Florida (18-12)/ Xavier (19-11)

Louisville, KY -- Thur/Sat

(6) Vanderbilt (21-10) vs. (11) California (23-8)
(3) Michigan (22-8) vs. (14) Southern--Davidson (23-7)

Omaha, NE -- Fri/Sun

(7) Louisville (22-9) vs. (10) Colorado State (18-10)
(2) Missouri (27-4) vs. (15) Big Sky--Montana (21-6)

EAST REGIONAL (Boston, MA -- Thur/Sat)


Pittsburgh, PA -- Thur/Sat

(1) Syracuse (30-1) vs. (16) MAAC--Loyola, MD (23-8)
(8) Alabama (20-10) vs. (9) Southern Miss (22-7)

Nashville, TN -- Thur/Sat

(5) Murray State (27-1) vs. (12) CAA2--Drexel (27-5)/Texas (19-12)
(4) Wisconsin (23-8) vs. (13) Summit--Oral Roberts (27-5)

Albuquerque, NM -- Thur/Sat

(6) WCC1--Gonzaga (25-5) vs. (11) Connecticut (18-12)
(3) Baylor (24-6) vs. (14) WAC--Nevada (23-5)

Greensboro, NC -- Fri/Sun

(7) San Diego State (22-6) vs. (10) Northwestern (18-12)
(2) Duke (26-5) vs. (15) Patriot--Bucknell (23-8)

MIDWEST REGIONAL (St. Louis -- Fri/Sun)


Omaha, NE -- Fri/Sun

(1) Kansas (26-5) vs. (16) UNC-Asheville (21-9)
(8) New Mexico (23-6) vs. (9) Virginia (22-8)

Portland, OR -- Thur/Sat

(5) Notre Dame (21-10) vs. (12) Washington (21-9)
(4) Temple (24-6) vs. (13) Belmont (26-7)

Columbus, OH -- Fri/Sun

(6) Florida (22-9) vs. (11) CAA1--Virginia Commonwealth (27-6)
(3) Marquette (25-6) vs. (14) MAC--Akron (20-10)

Pittsburgh, PA -- Thur/Sat

(7) WCC2--St. Mary's (24-5) vs. (10) Ivy--Harvard (25-4)
(2) Ohio State (25-6) vs. (15) Northeast-LIU-Brooklyn (24-8)

For the WCC and CAA, the winner of the championship game gets the higher seed.

Bids by Conference
Big East: 9
Big Ten: 7
Big 12: 6
SEC: 5
ACC: 4
MWC: 4
A-10: 3
WCC: 3
MVC, C-USA, Pac-12, CAA: 2 each
One bid: 19

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Remember to comment! If you think a team or teams that are out should be in or teams are in should be out, let me hear from you!

Come back Selection Sunday for my final 2012 Schmolik 64!
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:36 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 7:46 pm
 

2012 Schmolik 64 Update (2/27/12)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the second update for the 2012 Schmolik 64. At the end of the regular season, I will pick a complete NCAA bracket with the teams I think belong in the NCAA field and where they should be seeded. Up to then, there will be updates to see where your team stands if the season ended today (Records as of Sun. Feb. 26, 2012).

Until Championship Week, I will only seed the top 12 seeds. The bottom four seeds are usually reserved for one bid conferences in which usually only the conference champion goes from those conferences. Similar to last year, I will reserve two No. 12 seed lines for the "First Four".You should interpret these as being among the last teams to get into the field (although there could be exceptions based upon bracketing rules which prevent the actual last four from making the field).

Here's the bracket update for Feb. 27, 2012.

Dates:
Opening Weekend: Thur/Sat March 15-17, Fri/Sun March 16-18
Regionals: Thur/Sat March 22-24, Fri/Sun March 23-25

SOUTH REGIONAL (Atlanta, GA - Fri/Sun)

Louisville, KY - Thur/Sat

(1) Kentucky (28-1) vs (16)
(8) Kansas State (19-9) vs. (9) Memphis (21-8)

Nashville, TN - Fri/Sun

(5) Florida State (19-9) vs. (12) First Four: Texas (18-11) vs. Seton Hall (19-10)
(4) Wisconsin (21-8) vs. (13)

Albuquerque, NM - Thur/Sat

(6) Gonzaga (23-5) vs. (11) Washington (20-8)
(3) Baylor (23-5) vs. (14)

Columbus, OH - Fri/Sun

(7) Creighton (25-5) vs. (10) St. Louis (21-6)
(2) Marquette (24-5) vs. (15)

WEST REGIONAL (Phoenix, AZ - Thur/Sat)

Columbus, OH - Fri/Sun

(1) Michigan State (23-5) vs. (16)
(8) Alabama (19-9) vs. (9) Southern Miss (21-6)

Albuquerque, NM - Thur/Sat

(5) Notre Dame (20-9) vs. (12) First Four: BYU (22-7) vs. Miami (17-10)
(4) UNLV (22-6) vs. (13)

Nashville, TN - Fri/Sun

(6) St. Mary's (23-5) vs. (11) Colorado State (16-10)
(3) Georgetown (20-6) vs. (14)

Greensboro, NC - Fri/Sun

(7) Vanderbilt (20-9) vs. (10) Northwestern (17-11)
(2) North Carolina (25-4) vs. (15)

EAST REGIONAL (Boston, MA Thur/Sat)

Pittsburgh, PA - Thur/Sat

(1) Syracuse (29-1) vs. (16)
(8) Purdue (19-10) vs. (9) Virginia (21-7)

Portland, OR - Thur/Sat

(5) Florida (22-7) vs. (12) Long Beach State (19-7)
(4) Temple (22-6) vs. (13)

Pittsburgh, PA - Thur/Sat

(6) Louisville (22-7) vs. (11) Harvard (23-4)
(3) Ohio State (23-6) vs. (14)

Omaha, NE - Fri/Sun

(7) New Mexico (21-6) vs. (10) California (23-7)
(2) Missouri (25-4) vs. (15)

MIDWEST REGIONAL (St. Louis, MO - Fri/Sun)

Greensboro, NC - Fri/Sun

(1) Duke (25-4) vs. (16)
(8) Iowa State (21-8) vs. (9) Connecticut (17-11)

Portland, OR - Thur/Sat

(5) Wichita State (25-4) vs. (12) Drexel (25-5)
(4) Indiana (22-7) vs. (13)

Louisville, KY - Thur/Sat

(6) Murray State (25-1) vs. (11) Xavier (18-10)
(3) Michigan (20-8) vs. (14)

Omaha, NE - Fri/Sun

(7) San Diego State (20-6) vs (10) South Florida (17-11)
(2) Kansas (24-5) vs. (15)

Bids By Conference

Big East: 8
Big Ten: 7
Big 12: 6
ACC: 5
SEC, MWC: 4 each
A-10, WCC: 3 each
C-USA, MVC, Pac-12: 2 each
Big W, Colonial, Ivy, OVC: 1 each

One bid: 16
Party Crashers/Additional At Large: 2

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Remember to comment! If you think a team or teams that are out should be in or teams are in should be out, let me hear from you!
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:27 pm
 

2012 Schmolik 64 Update (2/20/12)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the first update for the 2012 Schmolik 64. At the end of the regular season, I will pick a complete NCAA bracket with the teams I think belong in the NCAA field and where they should be seeded. Up to then, there will be updates to see where your team stands if the season ended today (Records as of Sun. Feb. 19, 2012).

Until Championship Week, I will only seed the top 12 seeds. The bottom four seeds are usually reserved for one bid conferences in which usually only the conference champion goes from those conferences. Similar to last year, I will reserve two No. 12 seed lines for the "First Four".

You should interpret these as being among the last teams to get into the field (although there could be exceptions based upon bracketing rules which prevent the actual last four from making the field).

Until the final bracket, the No. 1 seeds will not be given ranks (although geographic placement will be considered) and no semifinal matchups will be provided.

I know there are 68 teams now but if I had my way there would still be just 64 teams and when I started the Schmolik 64 there were just 64 teams.

Here's the bracket update for Feb. 20, 2012.

Dates:

Opening Weekend: Thur/Sat March 15-17, Fri/Sun March 16-18

Regionals: Thur/Sat March 22-24, Fri/Sun March 23-25

SOUTH REGIONAL (Atlanta, GA - Fri/Sun)

Louisville, KY - Thur/Sat

(1) Kentucky (26-1) vs. (16)

(8) St. Louis (21-5) vs. (9) Connecticut (16-10)

Portland, OR - Thur/Sat

(5) New Mexico (21-4) vs. (12) Long Beach State (17-7)

(4) Wisconsin (20-7) vs. (13)

Albuquerque, NM - Thur/Sat

(6) Louisville (21-6) vs. (11) California (22-6)

(3) Baylor (21-5) vs. (14)

Greensboro, NC - Fri/Sun

(7) Gonzaga (21-5) vs. (10) Northwestern (16-10)

(2) Duke (23-4) vs. (15)

WEST REGIONAL (Phoenix, AZ - Thur/Sat)

Columbus, OH - Fri/Sun

(1) Michigan State (21-5) vs. (16)

(8) Harvard (22-3) vs. (9) Kansas State (18-8)

Portland, OR - Thur/Sat

(5) St. Mary's (21-5) vs. (12) First Four: Alabama (17-9) vs. Seton Hall (18-9)

(4) Florida State (19-7) vs. (13)

Pittsburgh, PA - Thur/Sat

(6) Southern Miss (20-5) vs. (11) Mississippi State (19-8)

(3) Georgetown (19-5) vs. (14)

Omaha, NE - Fri/Sun

(7) Wichita State (23-4) vs. (10) Miami (16-9)

(2) Kansas (22-5) vs. (15)

EAST REGIONAL (Boston, MA - Thur/Sat)

Pittsburgh, PA - Thur/Sat

(1) Syracuse (27-1) vs. (16)

(8) Iowa State (19-8) vs. (9) Creighton (23-5)

Albuquerque, NM - Thur/Sat

(5) Indiana (20-7) vs. (12) Middle Tennessee (23-4)

(4) UNLV (20-6) vs. (13)

Nashville, TN - Fri/Sun

(6) Notre Dame (19-8) vs. (11) Xavier (17-9)

(3) Michigan (19-7) vs. (14)

Greensboro, NC - Fri/Sun

(7) Vanderbilt (19-8) vs. (10) Memphis (19-8)

(2) North Carolina (23-4) vs. (15)

MIDWEST REGIONAL (St. Louis - Fri/Sun)

Omaha, NE - Fri/Sun

(1) Missouri (25-2) vs. (16)

(8) Virginia (20-6) vs. (9) Purdue (17-10)

Nashville, TN - Fri/Sun

(5) Temple (21-5) vs. (12) First Four: Colorado State (15-9) vs. South Florida (16-10)

(4) Florida (21-6) vs. (13)

Columbus, OH - Fri/Sun

(6) Murray State (23-1) vs. (11) NC State (18-9)

(3) Marquette (22-5) vs. (14)

Louisville, KY - Thur/Sat

(7) San Diego State (18-6) vs. (10) Texas (17-10)

(2) Ohio State (22-5) vs. (15)

Final Four: South vs. West, East vs. Midwest

By conference:

Big East (8)

Big Ten (7)

ACC (6)

Big 12 (6)

SEC (5)

MWC (4)

A-10 (3)

C-USA, MVC, WCC (2 each)

Big W, Ivy, OVC, Pac-12, Sun Belt (1 each)

Remaining Automatics: 16

Party Crashers/Additional At Large: 2

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Remember to comment! If you think a team or teams that are out should be in or vice versa, let me hear from you!

Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Schmolik 14 College Conference Realignment

Hello college football/basketball fans!

This is a proposal for realigning conferences based partially on the projected moves of Texas A&M to the SEC and the Oklahoma schools to the Pac-"12".

Pac-12: Add Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
SEC: Add Texas A&M and West Virginia
Big 12: Add Pittsburgh and Notre Dame
ACC: Add Syracuse and Connecticut

All of the remaining Big 12 and Big East schools merge into a new "Big Mess" conference.

South: Baylor, Central Florida, Houston, South Florida, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech
North: Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri, Rutgers

For a more detailed look: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/
852790-college-conference-realignme
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Posted on: April 23, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 6:27 am
 

Schmolik's Dream Big 10 Expansion

Hello, college basketball fans!

A big topic in the media these past few months has been the expansion of the Big 10 teams. Those of you who know me know I am an alum and huge fan of Illinois. I was at the 2005 game in Chicago when my Illini made the improbable comeback to beat Arizona in the Elite Eight to make the Final Four. In addition, I have a graduate degree from another Big 10 school. Penn State. So of course I am rooting for Big 10 expansion. While I may have a lot of preferred teams I also am realistic. While my favorite college sport of course is basketball, I do know football also counts, money also counts, and academics also counts. That being said, my dream expansion I feel is very reasonable on the other counts and would make the Big 10 arguably if not unarguably the best basketball conference in America.

My proposed expansion: Add Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut.

Just see what happens to Big 10 basketball based upon NCAA tournament performance since 2000:

Current conference setups:

Big 10 as is:
92 wins, 22 Sweet 16, 9 Final Fours, 1 Championship (MSU 2000)

Big East as is:
115 wins, 33 Sweet 16, 8 Final Fours, 2 Championships (Syracuse 2003, UConn 2004)

ACC:
101 wins, 22 Sweet 16, 10 Final Fours, 5 Championships (Duke 2001 and 2010, North Carolina 2005 and 2009, Maryland 2002)

My proposal with Syracuse, Pitt, and UConn moving to the Big 10:

Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn: 49 wins, 15 Sweet 16's, 3 Final Fours, 2 Championships

Big 10 with the Big 3:
141 wins, 37 Sweet 16's, 12 Final Fours, 3 Championships

Big East without the Big 3:
66 wins, 18 Sweet 16's, 5 Final Fours, No Championships 

Not only would the new Big 10 clearly be better than the new Big East, the new Big 10 would rival the ACC (they would lead in every category except national championships, which of course is really the most important category).

Big 10 with the Big 3:
141 wins, 37 Sweet 16's, 12 Final Fours, 3 Championships

ACC:
101 wins, 22 Sweet 16, 10 Final Fours, 5 Championships (Duke 2001 and 2010, North Carolina 2005 and 2009, Maryland 2002)

Now of course the three I chose also have football teams. Pitt is a decent Big East football team. UConn is up and coming. Syracuse of course is awful now but they have had success in the past and have been a rivalry of Penn State before Penn State joined the Big 10. In terms of economics, Syracuse and UConn can help bring more fans from the Northeast including the New York market and in UConn's case most of New England into the Big 10. Pitt doesn't really add to the geographical mold but Pittsburgh isn't any slouch in terms of a market and while the Big 10 may have a following in Pittsburgh because of Penn State, they would all but own it if Pittsburgh joined the Big 10 and imagine how big Pitt/PSU and Pitt/OSU football games would be? As for academics, Pitt and Syracuse are AAU members
which is seemed by many to be a strong selling point to Big 10 candidacy. Connecticut is not an AAU member is but is ranked 66th according to US News & World Report magazine academically (Pitt is 56th and Syracuse is 58th). While none of the three is a slam dunk in any area except college basketball, I feel the total package of all three should be qualified candidates for Big 10 expansion.

Now the one team I don't want to see in the Big East that everyone says is a threat to join the Big 10? Rutgers. OK, the last time Rutgers made the NCAA tournament was 1991. Since the NCAA tournament field expanded in 1985, Rutgers is a great 0-2 in the NCAA's over a 26 year span. You can have UConn (2 NC's), Syracuse (1 NC), or Pitt (solid program last decade), or Rutgers. Now Rutgers is much better football school that Syracuse and probably better than UConn (Pitt and Rutgers about even). But basektball is miles ahead at the other three schools than Rutgers. Now of course football drives more tickets but here's why basketball is more important. Strength of schedule means a lot more in college basketball than college football. In college football, if you win seven games it doesn't matter who you play, you're going to a bowl. So what if two of our wins are UConn and Syracuse. They still count. By contrast, the Big 10 was doomed by three lousy RPI killers this season (Penn State, Indiana, and Iowa). We finished 10-8 in the Big 10 but had an RPI of 75, arguably the biggest reason Illinois missed the NCAA's and why Ohio State's RPI was in the 20s. Add Rutgers to that and see what happens. And I can live with a bad basketball team if they have a great football team (Penn State). Rutgers is an awful basketball team and an above average football team. Syracuse is an awful football team but a great basketball team. And I'll take Syracuse basketball over Rutgers football any day of the week. Heck, I'll take Syracuse football over Rutgers basketball any day of the week too. As for media, except for that run in 2006 does anyone in New York care about Rutgers any more than Syracuse or UConn? All three teams are pretty much fish out of water for most of the Big 10. But the one team that has a connection to any of the Eastern schools? Penn State. In the 80's, Penn State and Pitt was a huge in state rivalry. When Syracuse was good, Penn State and Syracuse was a big rivalry as well. Penn State never cared about Rutgers.

As for Rutgers, they should be happy to even be in the Big East. A long time ago, Rutgers and my local boys Temple were in the Big East in football. In the late 90's, both Temple and Rutgers sucked at football but Temple basketball was great with three NCAA Elite Eights between 1988 and 1993 and Rutgers basketball also sucked. Yet when the Big East wanted to grant access to Big East basketball and other sports, they chose Rutgers (and West Virginia, who sucked in basketball back then too). Then we all know Temple was kicked out of the Big East because they sucked at football. Yet Rutgers also sucked (it wasn't until the mid 2000's they got good) and got to stay. I have no love for Rutgers or the Big East. If my scenario takes place, Big East football gets burned to the ground and Rutgers goes with it. I certainly don't want to see Rutgers get saved by the Big 10 and Pitt and/or Syracuse get screwed over.

While my "Big 14" is great, it might be even better. Add Maryland and Notre Dame. In addition to two more good basketball programs, Maryland and Notre Dame are also fine academic institutions (Maryland is AAU), Maryland gives the Big 10 the DC area and I think Notre Dame sells itself. I don't think Maryland would want to leave the ACC to rival with just Penn State. But what if they could rival with Syracuse, Pitt, and UConn as well? They could join a more Northeastern league than the mostly southern ACC. They use to rival with Virginia but now Virginia Tech is Virginia's biggest rival and I don't see much a rivalry between Maryland and Boston College. And Notre Dame would have more reason to join the "Big 14" if the Big East lost three of its biggest basketball teams as well as three football teams. I don't think either Maryland or Notre Dame would join away but might join a better Big 10 (especially with a weakened Big East).

So my lineup (longshots in parentheses):

East: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Connecticut, (Maryland)
West: Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, (Notre Dame)

To me and Big 10 basketball...
Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn to the Big 10? A SLAM DUNK!
Rutgers to the Big 10? AN AIR BALL!
 
 
 
 
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